From historic country houses to London’s only narrow gauge railway discover a hidden world of art and culture within the West London Wonders, a collection of 11 museums, galleries and historic houses.
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Headstone Manor & Museum
Headstone Manor & Museum is a historic 700 year old manor house set in beautiful grounds with a medieval moat.
This was where the Archbishops of Canterbury came to stay when they visited Harrow. Over its long history, it has been home to many other local characters.
Explore Gunnersbury and walk in the footsteps of the rich and famous such as the Bishops of London, Princess Amelia and the Rothschild family. It is now home to the local history Museum for Ealing and Hounslow (currently closed for refurbishment, reopening spring 2018). In the meantime, there are lots of exciting things to see and do in Gunnersbury Park.
Discover the fascinating story of London’s Water supply. The people of London have been using water from the River Thames for thousands of years. Come and find out how a network of pumping engines, pipes, filters and reservoirs revolutionised the city by delivering clean water into people’s homes.
Welcome to the Bishop of London’s former Summer Palace. Alongside the historic house, there are 13 acres of beautiful botanical gardens and a Walled Garden complete with resident bees. Visitors can also enjoy the Museum, the Drawing Room and various exhibitions and tours.
Dorich House is the former studio home of the talented Russian sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband the Hon. Richard Hare, a scholar of Russian art and literature. The house was completed to Gordine’s design in 1936 and is now Grade II listed.
Kingston Museum offers a lively programme of free exhibitions and events. Find out about pioneer photographer Eadweard Muybridge who took the first photograph of a horse galloping. Learn how the first King of England was crowned here and about Kingston’s development as a market town.
Things are not always what they seem in this castle full of tricks and surprises. Walls that look like stone might be made from something else and unusual creatures guard the stairway. Come and discover the secrets of Strawberry Hill House, built by Horace Walpole son of Britain’s first Prime Minister.
The Twickenham Museum is the history centre for Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and The Hamptons. It is dedicated to preserving the history of the old borough before it became part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in 1965.
This former Waterman’s riverside cottage was built in 1720 by the famous Twining Tea merchant family who lived in Twickenham.
Orleans House has changed over time from a private home to a public Art Gallery. The Main Gallery and Grade 1 listed Octagon Room are currently closed for refurbishment and restoration, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fun, and will re-open in early 2018. The Stables Gallery and Education Centre are still open with an exciting programme of exhibitions and events.
Come and discover one of London’s most historic boroughs through an amazing collection of objects from pre-history to the modern day, exciting exhibitions, hands on displays and creative holiday workshops for families.