What I find so special about London is that it’s very modern and innovative, but at the same time historical and traditional. Two contrasts that go hand in hand and can’t be missed out of the street. It’s wonderful to see how cultural heritage is so well maintained and how proud the people in London are.
I would have thought the same about it. Because it is very special and every time I’m amazed how easy it is to take a step back in time. As you walk on one side of a high wall in a busy shopping street, you’re on the other side in an oasis of peace, green and history.
Syon Park is such a historically hidden gem and has been owned by the same family for 400 years: Northumberland. The enormous house has a number of decorated rooms, beautiful artworks and is surrounded by a beautiful landscape, situated on the outskirts of Chiswick and the River Thames.
The park has two entrances, one at Park Road and the other at Half Moon Close, where you can also find the Buttercups Nursery and the indoor softplay Snakes and Ladders. Striking is the vast stretch of land near Park Road. You would suspect that the ground is terrain for a herd of deer or horses, unfortunately we couldn’t find them.
However, there are about 200 species of rare trees and there is a tidal lake: a meadow that is flooded by the Thames twice a day. Although the park and the lake were designed by Capability Brown in 1760, they look 19th century. The large conservatory in the garden was designed by Charles Fowler in 1828 and completed in 1830. It was the first greenhouse in metal and glass in that size order. This spot has also been the backdrop for several video clips, films and weddings.
The London Butterfly House used to stand on the site of the London Syon Park Waldorf Astoria hotel. This was closed in October 28, 2007 as a result of the plan of Ralph Percy the 12th Duke of Northumberland, to build a luxury hotel on the property. Although a permit was already issued in 2004, the ‘Radisson Edwardian Hotel‘ was never built. Eventually the current hotel: London Hilton Syon Park, was placed on the spot.
Apart from the fact that the park alone is worth visiting because of the beautiful house and its surrounding gardens, Syon Park also has an extensive garden centre and numerous seasonal and special events such as the annual ‘Enchanted Woodland‘ experience or specialized tours such as ‘Remembering Pocahontas‘.
After a wonderful walk and a cup of tea in the cafe, we ended our visit with a play session at indoor softplay Snakes & Ladders. Also a popular place where many families from the area go and children can experience hours of fun.
Syon Park & House is a glorious estate with plenty of facilities for young and old. The park is open during the year, in the winter the House & Gardens are closed and will reopen in March 2019. If you want to plan your visit in advance, book tickets or want more information about the park then please have a look at their website.
Outdoor & Indoor
Suitable for ages
Parking space – cafe – restaurant – toilets available – baby changing available – wheelchair friendly – push chair friendly – hotel – playground – venue hiring – gardens – picnics allowed
Address & Contact
Brent Lea, Brentford TW8 8JF, London, England
For more information about Syon Park & House, click here
During the year daylight access to the park
House & Gardens is closed during Winter period, reopening is at 11th March 2019
The park is free to the public
Tickets Syon House, Garden & Great Conservatory:
Child (5-16) £6
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £30