Chiswick House and Gardens

Facilities at Chiswick House and Gardens

  • Parking


    The public car park is situated just off the westbound A4 (around 5 minutes' walk away from the house) and clearly marked by a brown tourist board entrance sign. It has space for 60 cars, including three spaces for Blue Badge holders, and is operated by Hounslow Council. Parking is also available on residential roads around the park and pedestrian access is via gates on Burlington Lane, Staveley Road and Park Road.

    The house and café are a 5-minute walk from the public car park along level gravel paths. Visitors with a Blue Badge who require closer parking may phone to reserve a parking place within the gardens, subject to availability. These spaces are limited so reservation is required.

    There is currently no coach parking on site - please park on Burlington Lane, 50 metres from the entrance.

  • Food And Drink


    The Chiswick House café, open daily from 8am, is located around 50 metres from the villa, and serves a selection of hot meals, sandwiches, cakes and drinks. A children's menu is available.

    The café has won several awards for its architecture and there are excellent views of the house and park from it.

    From 29th May there will be a summer pop-up dining experience in The Garden Pavilion from Thursdays to Sundays. It serves lunch, dinner and afternoon tea using seasonal British produce, including fruit and vegetables fresh from the Kitchen Garden. For more details, to browse the menus and book a table, please visit The Garden Pavilion website.

  • Picnic Area

    Visitors are welcome to picnic in the gardens. We also have specific areas for informal picnicking which are pleasant dog free areas - these include the Western Walled Garden and the fenced lawn in between the Classic Bridge and the Ionic Temple.
  • Shop


    The shop sells a selection of Chiswick House branded items, art history books, postcards and other gift items. The shop is located in the entrance to Chiswick House and is open when the House is.

  • Toilets

    Separate male, female and disabled toilets, including baby changing facilities.
  • Dogs


    Dog walkers are welcome to enjoy the gardens and exercise their dogs freely, however should observe the 'Dogs on Short Leads' and 'No Dogs' areas at all times. Dogs are not allowed in the house, although assistance dogs are welcome across the site.

  • Museum

    Chiswick House is an Historic House and a Museum.
  • Exhibition


    'Bring Into Being' is an experimental programme of art commissions, events and workshops from 27th to 31st October. Entrance to the exhibition is included in your House ticket - for more details visit Chiswick House & Gardens Trust's website.

  • Gardens


    The Grade 1 listed gardens are around 66 acres in size and feature a number of bridges, cascades, statues and garden buildings. They are largely flat, with the exception of the path leading to the hill over the cascade. Chiswick House Gardens are widely regarded as the birthplace of the English Landscape Garden, and were recently restored to reveal the original vistas. The gardens and the restoration are managed by the Chiswick House and Gardens Trust.

    Birds and squirrels are often found within the grounds.

  • Audio Tours


    Uncover Chiswick House and Gardens’ fascinating story with our two free audio guides for holders of tickets for admission to the House:

    • Audio guide for adults narrated by Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, in 'Downton Abbey', and includes expert interviews with one of English Heritage’s Curators.
    • Children’s audio guide narrated by Sophie Ellis-Bexter with fun quizzes to keep the kids entertained.
  • Family Friendly


    Baby Changing Facilities

    Separate male, female and disabled toilets, including baby changing facilities.

    Children's Audio Tour

    There is a free children's audio for House ticket holders, narrated by Sophie Ellis-Bexter, with fun quizzes.


    Child Sized Portions


    High Chairs

    Yes, available from the café.

    Play Areas / Adventure Playground

    A children's adventure playground for under 7-year-olds is located near to the Chiswick House café. There is plenty of room to run and play in our large open areas, however ball games are not permitted.

    Push Chairs Allowed

    Within the house, pushchairs must be left near the front desk.
  • Education


    Family Learning

    No family activities are available in the house, however Chiswick House Gardens Trust arrange children's events for the gardens.

  • Please Be Aware


    Low ceiling in cellar.

    There is a shallow lake in the gardens. Please keep an eye on children when nearby.

    Heights are located immediately behind cascade (although this is roped off).

  • Guided Tours


    Admission to the house include free tours at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays, and at noon and 2.30pm at weekends.

    For information about group visits, please visit the Group Visits page for more details.

  • International


    Foreign Language Audio Tours

    The audio tour is available in English, French and German.
  • Venue Hire


    Available For Event Hire

    There are a variety of venues at this property that are available to hire for corporate events. Please visit Chiswick House and Gardens Trust's website for further information.

    Civil Weddings

    The house, the conservatory or a semi-permanent marquee can be hired for weddings and functions. A marquee is also available for events. Please visit Chiswick House and Gardens Trust's website for further information.

  • Commercial Photograph And Filming


    English Heritage welcomes amateur photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures of your visit with us on social media.

    If you are looking to use one of our sites for commercial, corporate or professional photography or as a filming location, please contact our filming team as soon as possible to check availability and acquire the relevant permissions and paperwork.

    Due to the delicate nature of our sites, English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

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