Visit: Whitelands College

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Whitelands College – currently hidden away behind modern buildings – is situated in a 14-acre site overlooking Richmond Park. The main college building is Parkstead House, a gracious Grade 1 listed Georgian villa that was built in the 1760s for the second Earl of Bessborough by Sir William Chambers.

The house is now the home for many exquisite artefacts removed from the two former sites of the college: there is an exceptional collection of paintings, and other treasures include 12 marvellous Burne-Jones stained-glass windows and a beautiful reredos by William Morris. John Ruskin had a great interest in the college and in 1881 he inaugurated the annual May Day ceremonies: each May Queen dress is retained by the college and many are on show. The college archivist, Gilly King, is our guide on a tour of the building, and will reveal the history of the college.

Booking information: tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To book, please call: 0870 050 3688

Venue details

Whitelands College
Holybourne Avenue London London SW15 4JD