PLACES TO VISIT
South West & West
£ = admission charge EH = English Heritage & NT = National Trust (free entry to members)
|National Trust properties|
KEW GARDENS £ Kew Road TW9 1BR. Tel 020 8332 5655
Plenty to see and enjoy throughout the year over 300 acres with glasshouses, galleries and exhibitions. Includes restored Kew Palace (seasonal). Free tours 11am & 2pm daily from the Victoria Gate (numbers limited). Shops and cafes. Friends organisation. Barnes Mortlake & Kew walk
LONDON WETLAND CENTRE £ Queen Elizabeth Walk SW13 9WT. Tel 020 8409 4400
A haven for wildlife, especially birds in a large area of man-made wetland, Hides, displays and art gallery. Family activities and daily guided tours. Shop & cafe. Barnes Mortlake & Kew walk
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES Ruskin Avenue Kew TW9 4DU. Tel 020 8876 3444
Set in a attractive park. Includes an interactive museum. Open Tuesday - Saturday (times vary). Programme of talks (free but first come basis). Cafe and bookshop. Barnes Mortlake & Kew walk
BOSTON MANOR Boston Manor Road, Brentford TW8 9JX. Tel 0845 456800
Built in 1623 and a home until 1924. State rooms together with library and dining room are open to view with displays of local paintings. Open weekends and Bank Hols April to October. Brent River & Osterley Park walk
OSTERLEY £ NT Jersey Road, Isleworth TW7 4RB. Tel 020 8232 5050
A Tudor mansion remodelled by Robert Adam with 'below stairs' area and restored gardens. Optional audio visual guides and exhibition rooms with hands-on activities. Seasonal opening. Shop, cafe, introductory video & displays, occasional art exhibitions and farm shop open to all. Landscaped park and farmland open daily (free admission). Brent River & Osterley Park walk
KEW BRIDGE STEAM MUSEUM £ Green Dragon Lane, Brentford TW8 OEN. Tel 020 8568 4757
Magnificent restored steam engines plus an exhibition about London's water supply. Selected engines are in steam most weekends and a small railway operates on Sundays April - October. Programme of special events. Shop, car park and wildflower garden. Cafe only open at weekends. Tickets are valid for 12 months. Closed Mondays and 19-30 December. Brentford walk
THE MUSICAL MUSEUM £ 399 High Street TW8 ODU. Tel 020 8560 8108
A collection of automatic musical instruments featuring a concert hall with 'Mighty Wurlitzer'. There is a themed gift shop and Riverview Tea Room open to all. Audio and guided tours available. Open Tue - Sun 11-5:30. Brentford walk
SYON HOUSE & GARDEN £ Syon Park, Brentford. Tel 020 8560 0883
Built on the site of a medieval abbey and home to the Percy family for 400 years. Remodelled by Robert Adam (seasonal opening). Extensive gardens landscaped by Cabability Brown include the Great Conservatory. Open daily March - October, weekends only November - February. The park is open to all and includes a garden centre with cafe. Brentford walk
HAMPTON COURT GARDENS £ (Summer) East Molesley. Tel 0870 752 7777
Attractive formal gardens including famous maze (extra charge). Home Park, Wilderness, Tiltyard and Cafe open to all. Bushy Park with Hampton Court & Hampton Wick walk
HAMPTON COURT PALACE £ East Molesley Tel 0870 752 7777
Six routes to explore with audio guides and costumed tours. Special events in school holidays. Cafe & shop. Bushy Park with Hampton Court & Hampton Wick walk
CHISWICK HOUSE £ EH Burlington Lane W4 2RP. Tel 8995 0508
A Palladian villa designed by Lord Burlington. Restored grounds (free admission) including a stylish cafe. Chiswick walk
GRIFFIN BREWERY £ Chiswick Lane South W4 2QB. Tel 020 8996 2063
Tours are available around London's oldest brewery with tastings included (booking required). Shop open to all. Chiswick walk
HOGARTH'S HOUSE Great West Road W4 2QN. Tel 020 8994 6757
The artist's former country house has displays about his life and works. Also information on the history of the house. Open 12 -5 but closed Mondays unless Bank Holiday. Chiswick walk.
FULHAM PALACE Bishops Avenue SW6 6EA. Tel 020 7736 3233
This former manor of the Bishops of London has displays on its history in historic rooms. Open Sat - Wed 1-4pm. Gardens and cafe open daily. Changing exhibitions. Programme of walks & tours plus events and family activities (charge). Shop. Fulham walk
KELMSCOTT HOUSE MUSEUM 26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith W6 9TA. Tel 020 8741 3735.
The basement and coach house of Morris's former home is occupied by the William Morris Society. Open Thurs & Sats 2-5pm or by arrangement for groups. Programme of events open to non-members. Hammersmith walk
KURDISH MUSEUM Palingswick House, 241 King Street, Hammersmith W6 9LP. Tel 020 8748 7874.
The first museum of Kurdish heritage in the world. Collection of over 500 items of handiwork plus library and archive. Open daily 10-6. Hammersmith walk
BOURNE HALL MUSEUM Spring Street, Ewell. Tel 020 8394 1734
Within an attractive park this is housed in a distinctive building which includes a library. Displays on many aspects of local history. Open daily. Hogsmill & Cheam walk
WHITEHALL 1 Malden Road Cheam SM3 8QD. Tel 020 8643 1236
Dating back to c1500 this building has undergone many changes. Displays and temporary exhibitions. Tea room and small shop. Open Wed - Sun & Bank Hol Mons 2-5 and Sat 10-5. Hogsmill & Cheam walk. C
NONSUCH MANSION SERVICE WING Nonsuch Park via Cheam Gate. Tel 020 8642 2845.
Designed by Jeffrey Wyatt in 1802. Includes dairy kitchen, larders, sculleries & launderies. Refreshments available. Open second & fourth Sundays 2-5pm Easter to October. Hogsmill & Cheam walk
NONSUCH PALACE GALLERY Nonsuch Park via Cheam Gate. Tel 020 8642 2845.
Open Sundays 11-3 (Oct - March) 2-5pm (April - Sept). Hogsmill & Cheam walk
KINGSTON MUSEUM Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS. Tel 020 8547 5006.
The story of Kingston, display relating to the life & work of Eadweard Muybridge (pioneer photograher) and art gallery with changing exhibitions. Gift shop. Friends organisation. Open Tue, Fri & Sat 10-5 Thursday 10-7. Kingston walk (detour)
FREDERICK W PAINE 24 London Road, Kingston. Tel 020 8547 1556
Premises of old established funeral directors business with panelled rooms and chapels of rest. Display rooms and records going back to early 20th century. Open Tuesdays only. Kingston walk
MERTON HERITAGE CENTRE Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX. Tel 020 8545 3239
Local Studies resources and changing exhibitions. Cafe on site. Merton Park walk
WANDLE INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM £ Vestry Hall Annex, London Rd CR4 3UD. Tel 020 8648 0127
Displays relating to the River Wandle. Open Wed 1-4 & Sun 2-5 (not Bank Hols). Mitcham walk
MUSEUM OF RICHMOND Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue TW9 1TP. Tel 020 8332 1141
Displays cover the history of Richmond, Kew, Petersham and Ham. Models and interactive exhibits. Programme of special exhibitions. Friends organisation and shop. Open Tue - Sat 11-5. Richmond walks
STRAWBERRY HILL £ 268 Walgrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4ST. Tel 020 8744 1241.
Horace Walpole's little Gothic castle has been beautifully restored. Open Mon - Wed 2-4:20 & weekends 12-4:20. Timed tickets. Cafe and shop. Friends organisation and programme of events. Teddington & Strawberry Hill walk.
MARBLE HILL HOUSE £ EH Richmond Road, Twickenham TW1 2NL Tel 020 8892 5115
This Palladian riverside house in a large park was built for Henrietta Howard mistress of George II. Open April - October on Sats, Suns & Bank Hols. Twickenham walk
ORLEANS HOUSE GALLERY Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DJ. Tel 020 8831 6000
The remains of Orleans House set in a park and including an octogon room house changing exhibitions of art. Open Tuesday to Sunday afternoons. Twickenham walk
TWICKENHAM MUSEUM 25 The Embankment, Twickenham. Tel 020 8408 0070
The history centre for Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and the Hamptons. Open Tues & Sat 11-3 and Sun 2-4. Twickenham walk
MERTON ABBEY MILLS Watermill Way SW19 2RD. Tel 020 8543 9608.
Former mill buildings including those built by Libertys have been converted to commercial use including shops. More active at weekends. Wandle heritage walk
MORDEN HALL PARK NT Morden Hall Road. Tel 020 8545 6850
Historic buildings remain in what still has the feel of a country estate. River Wandle & features, rose garden, garden centre, shop & cafe. Wandle heritage walk
CARSHALTON WATER TOWER £ West Street Carshalton. Tel 020 8647 0984
Situated in the grounds of Carshalton House this has a suite of rooms and a rooftop view. Open Sundays Easter to September 2:30-5pm. Wandle sources walk
HONEYWOOD HERITAGE CENTRE Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX. Tel 020 8770 4297.
Overlooking the ponds this Grade II listed building has fine Edwardian rooms and history displays. Shop & tea room. Programme of activities and Friends organisation. Open Wed - Fri 11-5, Sat/Sun & Bank Hol Mons 10-5. Wandle sources walk
LITTLE HOLLAND HOUSE 40 Beeches Avenue Carshalton SM5 3LW. Tel 020 8770 4622
This Grade II* listed home was created by Frank Dickinson in Arts & Crafts style. Open first Sunday of the month and Bank holidays 1:30-5:30. Wandle sources walk
SUTTON ECOLOGY CENTRE Festival Walk Carshalton SM5 3NX. Tel 020 8770 5820
Displays and information in the Old Rectory. Examples of garden types and habitats set out in the grounds. Wandle sources walk
WANDSWORTH MUSEUM £ 38 West Hill SW18 1RX. Tel: 020 8870 6060.
Local history displays in the former library building plus changing exhibitions. Cafe & shop. Open Tues - Sun 10-5. Wandsworth walk
BUDDHAPADIPA TEMPLE 14 Calonne Road SW19. Tel 020 8879 7542
A striking building in a Wimbledon side street. The house and temple are set in an attractive garden (open daily) and the temple has a beautiful painted interior (open weekends or by arrangement). Wimbledon walk
SOUTHSIDE HOUSE £ Woodhayes Road Wimbledon SW19 4RJ. Tel 020 8946 7643
Dating from 1687 this family home is open for guided tours Wed, Sat, Suns & BHs Easter Saturday to 2 October or by arrangement. Wimbledon walk
WIMBLEDON LAWN TENNIS MUSEUM £ Church Road SW19 5AE. Tel 020 8946 6131
Exhibits on the history of tennis from Victorian times to the present. Audio guides and behind the scenes tours available. Closed during the championships in June. Shop & cafe. Wimbledon walk
WIMBLEDON SOCIETY MUSEUM OF LOCAL HISTORY 22 Ridgway Wimbledon. Tel 020 8296 9914
The story of Wimbledon in pictures, displays and objects. Open Sat & Sun 2:30-5 or by arrangement. Wimbledon walk
WIMBLEDON WINDMILL MUSEUM £ Windmill Rd, Wimbledon Common. Tel 020 8947 2825
The story of mills and milling in pictures, models and tools. Open Sat & Sun April to October 2-5. Wimbledon walk
GUNNERSBURY PARK MUSEUM Popes Lane W3 8LQ. Tel 020 8992 1612.
Social history museum set in a mansion owned by the Rothschild family. Afternoon opening.
PITSHANGER MUSEUM & GALLERY Mattock Lane W5 5EQ Tel 020 8567 1227
This Regency villa in an attractive park was created by architect Sir John Soane as his home. Collection of Martinware Pottery and changing exhibitions.
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