Chiswick House

London, W4 2RP

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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 1 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.

Italian and Flemish Old Masters on the walls are complemented by superb sculptures and furniture. William Kent's elaborately carved Chiswick tables designed specifically for the house are outstanding examples of Neo-Palladian furniture, and in the lower tribuna a lead sphinx stands guard over arcane secrets.

Art we’ve helped buy at Chiswick House

The Art Fund has helped Chiswick House acquire three paintings by Pieter Andreas Rysbrack which are part of a series of eight landscape views of the house set in its gardens, some of them showing gardeners going about their business. The gardens themselves – birthplace of the English landscape movement – have undergone a £12m restoration which has revealed the original vistas and repaired the statues and garden buildings.

Venue information

Opening times

House
Sun – Wed and bank holidays
From April-October: 10am – 6pm
From Oct to Nov: 10am – 5pm

Gardens
Every day (all year) 7am – Dusk
Conservatory
Every day (all year) 10am – 4pm
Café
Every day (except Christmas Day) 8.30am – until approx. one hour prior to Gardens gate closing time.

Access restrictions and requirements

There is a narrow spiral staircase to reach the first floor of the House. The house staff can provide alternative access via the external portico steps. There is no disabled access to the first floor of Chiswick House. The Conservatory is fully accessible to wheelchairs and also contains some seating in the central rotunda. The café’s floor is flat and step-free. The doors are automatic. Public toilet facilities including a fully accessible bathroom are situated beside the Café.

Please visit the website for further details on the access requirements.

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