Audio Tour of Chiswick House Gardens
From landscape garden to mental asylum to public park, Chiswick House and Gardens have had a colourful past. You can explore these stories through the eyes of creative writers, including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, in a downloadable audio tour.
The tour follows ten easels that are dotted around the gardens at Chiswick, each displaying a picture of the gardens at a different point in its history.
At each easel, you can listen to a story or poem inspired by the image: you'll eavesdrop on a conversation between two suffragettes at one, and discover how a giraffe felt when brought to Chiswick to entertain party guests at another.
You can also learn more about the history of Chiswick House, discovering what makes the gardens there so important.
The tour takes about an hour and you will need this map to find all the easels: Chiswick Gardens Audio Tour Map (428.93 KB).
The route suggested on the map is largely accessible but visitors may find it easier to take more advantage of surfaced paths to find the easels, particularly when the gardens have been subject to poor weather.
Signs around the site indicate wheelchair-friendly routes. Stop 2 on the terrace can be entered and exited via a slope beside the steps.
The tour can be streamed below or downloaded to an iPod, mobile phone or mp3 player.
To save the file to your device or computer, use the download button (below right). Once the file is saved to a computer you can add it to your device as you would songs or any other file. This will vary per device, but you can use any supplied software (such as iTunes), or drag and drop the file.