Destinations, England, London, United Kingdom 13

Chiswick house and gardens and other fun things to do in west london

We visited Chiswick house and gardens at the very end of our 4 weeks of travelling in England. We stayed at various places all across London – in the north(Finchley), north-east(Seven Sisters), east(Ilford), southwest(Streatham), central (various places) and now we are in west London (Chiswick) so that we can get to Heathrow easily for our return flight back to New Zealand via Singapore. It’s great that the kids are so adaptable and happy to move 11 times during our 4 weeks here!

chiswick house gardens

Besides all the fun and interesting places we got to visit in London, and of course the quality time with all the wonderful family and friends we stayed with here, it was interesting seeing the demography of people and neighbourhoods across the greater London region, it is all so diverse and each area unique and distinct in its own way. And don’t get me started on all the delicious world cuisine we got to sample everywhere! We had Vietnamese, South Indian, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Chinese, and Malaysian food this trip – this really is one of the best part of travelling in London πŸ™‚

We visited Chiswick house and gardens during our stay in West London. It was a fun day out for both the kids and myself – relaxing, free entrance and lots of outdoor green space for the kids to enjoy! Some interesting historical facts about the gardens:

One of the most important gardens in English history as it had started the English Landscape Movement and had gone on to inspire countless gardens including New York’s Central Park.

It was here that Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and William Kent experimented with a natural style of gardening which had continued to grow and spread worldwide

There are 65 acres of woodlands, sweeping lawns, rose gardens with various points of beautiful sculpture, bridges and the stunning house itself that one can explore

For more information of all the different parts and their history, see here.





Classical stone bridge in Chiswick House grounds


You can get here using various modes of transport. Nearest tube station is Turnham Green (District Line) and you can also get here via overground and bus. Getting here by car: Sign-posted from A4 west of Hogarth Roundabout (junction with A316) via brown tourist board signs. There is car parking available.

The gardens and conservatory are free to explore and open all year round from 7am to dusk. The House is open Sunday to Wednesday and bank holidays 10am – 6pm. Admission costs for the house are:

Adult: Β£6.30
Children (Age 5-15): Β£3.80
Family Ticket (2 adults, up to 3 children): Β£16.40
Concession: Β£5.70
Children under 5 and English Heritage Members, National Art Pass Members: FREE
The House and the sculptured lawns outside was more than enough for us and we didn’t pay to visit inside. There is a lovely cafe and play area which the kids made good use of once we were done exploring all the different areas.







The Amphitheatre at Chiswick House

One of the things we love best when travelling in England is visiting different historical estates, houses, castles and gardens that are preserved so well by organizations like the National Trust and English Heritage. We have visited quite a few during our 10 years in England. National Parks would be our favourite past time here (and most other places) and the best part of visiting natural places in England is being able to combine the outdoors along with fun learning and exploring historical heritage. What was really fun for Shama about Chiswick house and gardens were the many trees that were great for climbing!




And being able to do all of this with good friends was added bonus πŸ™‚ We are really lucky to have so many good friends based in London! Makes our travels in expensive London tad bit cheaper (not having to pay for accommodation), makes it more fun to have locals show us around their neighbourhood and get good restaurant recommendations. BIG THANK YOU to all our friends and family who have hosted us during these 4 weeks in England!



Other places of interest that is fun for the family and based outdoors in this part of West London were Richmond Park and London Wetland Centre. Richmond Park is the largest royal park in London and is a National Nature Reserve, London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation. It is home to large herds of Red and Fallow deer. We did make it to the Wetland Centre and would highly recommend it to others visiting London, see here for my other post of fun and family friendly places we got to visit in London this trip.

Now to write about two of my personal favourite places in London – Camden and Hamstead Heath – and a new one for us on this trip – exploring Streatheam and Tooting Commons. London is one of those places that I know I don’t want to live and work in – the hustle and bustle of the city, the fast paced lifestyle, the expensiveness of it all – none of it is appealing, but it is definitely one of my favourite cities to visit and I feel very lucky that we got to spend quality travel time here when we lived in England the past ten years.

See this post onΒ Β Top 25 Things to do in England, many of which we absolutely LOVE and have done several times over the years!

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  • Californian Mum in London says: August 10, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Sounds like you are having a fun, and busy, holiday! I live in London but have never been to Chiswick House. Looks lovely. We live near Richmond Park and really love it. #mondayescapes

  • Gin says: August 10, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I’ve never heard about this garden before but it looks like a beautiful place !

  • Elizabeth (Wander Mum) says: August 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I am so, so glad you guys had such a fab time in London. It’s always good to get an outsiders’ perspective and hear good things about the city. It sounds like you have explored more of London than many people who live here! You are right, each area is very different in its own way, the different people and cultures which influence it. I live very close to Chiswick Park and have been meaning to go. I didn’t realise how beautiful the gardens are so will make sure I go on a sunny day. I recently blogged about Richmond Park – love it there – you’ll have to visit it next time you are here! Enjoy the rest of your amazing trip and safe journey back to NZ! #mondayescapes

    • says: August 10, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      I really hope we get to visit Richmond Park next time, I have to go check out your blog post about it now! We did get to do a lot in London this time around, helped that we were in England for 4 weeks πŸ™‚

  • Cathy (MummyTravels) says: August 10, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Lovely photos – embarrassingly I have never visited here, despite living very close by (a lot closer than you!). One I think I should get to before too long as I never knew that about the gardens… #mondayescapes

    • says: August 10, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Well now you know and can enjoy the gardens πŸ™‚ I think that’s one of the best parts of staying with locals in the area, they help point out great things to see that are not so well known!

  • Crysta @ WellWornSuitcase says: August 10, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Awesome space! And I’m totally in love with that stone bridge, how gorgeous!

  • Crumb of Rain says: August 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    AH, I just moved away from London (to my native Finland) two weeks ago and miss it so much already: the gardens are one of the nicest things dotted around the hectic city, thank you for the photos and atmosphere!

  • Packing my Suitcase says: August 11, 2015 at 9:56 am

    The stone bridge is amazing!!! What a beautiful place.

    Thank you for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  • Anda says: August 12, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I’ve been in London for a week a few years ago, but didn’t get to visit Chiswick Gardens. To be honest, didn’t even know about them. It’s very beautiful, though. I believed you lived in London for a while Samiya, didn’t you?

    • says: August 12, 2015 at 5:37 am

      Yes we did Anda! We lived there for a year and a half when Shahaar was a baby and then we have been back on and off over the last 10 years when we lived in Sheffield. I had never heard of Chiswick gardens before either, lovely place πŸ™‚

  • Glenda Ford says: September 3, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I really enjoy reading about the travels and adventures of your beautiful family! It is great that the kids are adaptable because it is really the best to be able to travel all together. My kids are sometimes an issue when we travel. The Chiswick House and Gardens is a wonderful place, isn’t it! I love to go there with my family in the weekends enjoy the beautiful gardens. I really love the way they maintain the gardens. I work in a gardening company in the region and I love to see the way the Chiswick House gardeners work because this give us great ideas! Thank you for sharing! All the best! πŸ™‚

    • says: September 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Thanks for the kind words Glenda πŸ™‚ We did really enjoy our time at Chiswick House and Gardens, great that you get to go there often and get inspiration for your company!

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