Chiswick House Gardens open but Camellia show closed

The Gardens of Chiswick House remain open to the public, but the Conservatory, with its rare collection of heritage camellias is closed. The new Director of Chiswick House & Gardens Trust, Xanthe Arvanitakis, who only took over the post last week, issued this information to the public:

Dear all

During these unprecedented times we want Chiswick House & Gardens to be a place where you can come, enjoy the space, the gardens and wildlife. Our Gardens will remain open and with 65 acres of grounds we are confident that our visitors will be able to keep safe distances from other visitors, staff and volunteers.

The Café is also open and welcomes visitors. Tables have been placed 2 metres apart, they will be cashless from Thursday 19 March and the team are happy to bring drinks and food outside.

Our diligent Gardens team are continuing with seasonal maintenance, litter collection and planting, working at safe distances from visitors and each other.

The Kitchen Garden is a hive of activity with planting for the coming months and our Estates team continue to care for the wildlife.  Please help us to keep our Lake and grounds clean by not feeding our wildlife.

Unfortunately, we have had to make the very hard decision to close the Conservatory and Camellia Show from Thursday 19 March.  We will also be delaying the opening of the House, itself, until May 31.

Our dedicated events team are in contact with all our event partners and clients and working to find solutions for them all. As soon as we have any confirmed information, we will share it via our website and social media.

Key Information for your visit:

  • The Gardens will remain open from 7am until 7pm (8pm from April)
  • The Café is open but operating on a cashless basis
  • The Conservatory & House will be closed until 31 May
  • All our free and paid tours are cancelled until 31 May – our team will be in touch if you have a paid tour booked
  • Toilets and hand-washing facilities located at the Chiswick Garden Café – please use them regularly throughout the day, before entering the Café, and before eating

We ask all visitors to protect themselves and others by following the Government guidelines on social distancing and most importantly we ask that if you are sick or showing any of the symptoms that you postpone your visit – this will help us to protect other visitors.  Please follow the recommendations of the Government and NHS.

This is not an easy time for anyone. Please do come and have some fresh air, take a moment to enjoy the gardens, the wildlife, plants and trees. We will be regularly updating our website and social media, if you don’t already do follow us on twitterInstagram and Facebook.

Thank you for your ongoing support, keep healthy & safe and look after those around you.

Xanthe Arvanitakis