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Chiswick House is one of most fascinating architectures in the 18th-century of England and a must-see tourist attraction in London. It is a magnificent and fine neo-Palladian villa set in beautiful historic gardens in West London. Built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729 to showcase his art collection and to enthral his guests, the house continues to display many spectacular works of art and provides a stunning venue for entertaining.
Chiswick House and Chiswick House Garden, which occupy 26.33 hectares (65.1 acres), mainly created by architect and landscape designer William Kent, is one of earliest examples of the English landscape garden. With their combination of grand vistas and hidden pathways, architectural delights and a dazzling array of flowers, shrubs and specimen trees, they create a unique oasis in this corner of West London.
But there is more to Chiswick House Gardens than mere beauty. This is also the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and the inspiration for great gardens from Blenheim Palace to New York’s Central Park.
The history of the house and gardens at Chiswick is long and complex, with successive owners adding their own architectural chapters to its story. Do not miss out on ten of the most beautiful and interesting objects to see in the House, including The Chiswick Tables, The Blue Velvet Room Ceiling, Eight Rysbrack Paintings in the Green Velvet Room, Statues of Andrea Palladio and Inigo Jones, Two Porphyry Urns in the Gallery, The Coffered Dome in the Upper Tribunal, The Green Men in the Fireplaces, The Splendour of the Apse in the Gallery, The Lead Sphinx in the Lower Tribuna and The Stone Dated Picture Frames.
The Gardens open every day free of charge while the house is currently closed until March 2016 with an admission fee. You might also enjoy a meal or two at the fantastic café in a RIBA award-winning building that looks out on the house and gardens.