Chiswick House & Gardens
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Created in the early 18th century by Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, this masterpiece of Neo-Palladian architecture became a showcase for his art collection.
The Earl took the inspiration for his house from the architecture of ancient Rome and 16th-century Italy that he had seen on his Grand Tour. His architect, William Kent, spared no expense in creating a sumptuous villa to house the Earl's extensive art and book collection, and to provide a luxurious place where he could entertain his friends.
Every year Chiswick House hosts its annual Camellia Show in the Grade I listed conservatory. Boasting the oldest, and one of the finest, collections of the rare blooms in the country, there are over 33 different varieties on display. Among them is Camellia Japonica Middlemist's red, originally brought from China in 1804 by a nurseryman from Shepherds Bush. It is one of only two in the world known to exist , the other being in Waitangi in New Zealand.
Please note: entry to Chiswick House is free with a National Art Pass, discounts do not apply to the gardens.
Why you should go
Stunning example of Palladian architecture
Learn about the history of the house built for Lord Burlington