Best Historic Houses to Visit: Strawberry Hill House
For an intriguing day out that's as gothic as it is stately, head to Greater London's Strawberry Hill.
Walpole intended a theatrical atmosphere from the outset and it attracted many curious tourists. Where you would expect medieval stone, you find papier maché and plaster. Replacing Georgian décor are gloomy, castular halls, rose windows, and Renaissance stained glass. Strawberry Hill serves as an example of the depth and breadth of English stately homes and is a must-see on your list.
For a bite to eat, visit The Cloister Coffee House under the gothic arches of the house. We love the ‘Cloister Coffee House Scone’ with mascarpone and fresh strawberries.
Opening Times: House: Sunday - Wednesday 12pm-5pm, Thurs-Sat closed, last admission 4pm.
Price: National Trust/National Art Pass Member: £5.40. Non-member adult £10.80, children go free.
By train: From London Waterloo to Strawberry Hill station, then five/ten minute walk to Villa.
By underground: District line to Richmond and get R68 bus towards Hampton Court, alight at Michelham Gardens.
By car: Recommend going by public transport as limited parking and permit-controlled parking in surrounding area.
Disabled Access: Lift to first floor of the Villa, specialised group guided tours for visually impaired.
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