Osterley Park is a Georgian country estate in west London, now owned by the National Trust. Described by Horace Walpole as ‘the palace of palaces’, Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. While the park is open every day from 09.00 and the café is open for takeaway, the bookshop, house and shop remain closed until further notice. The garden is open from 10.00 am.
Book a car park space
The National Trust has introduced advanced booking for the car park and garden to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book a car park and garden ticket in advance. You must book a ticket if you wish to use the car park. The park is open to pedestrian access, but you will need to book if you want to visit the gardens and you are arriving on foot.
Osterley Park House
The house is closed until further notice but is well worth a visit when it reopens. The family of Sir Francis Child, founder of Child’s bank, restored the house in the late eighteenth century with the aid of architect Robert Adam. The house was originally Tudor but fallen into disrepair.
It is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s: ‘Enter the house as the family’s guests would have via the impressive stone steps leading up to the portico. Stroll through the colourful formal gardens, transformed during our six year-long project from an overgrown wilderness back to their 18th century grandeur of herbaceous borders, roses and ornamental vegetables beds. Look out for the original Robert Adam summer house full of lemon trees and highly scented shrubs.’
The house has a nice café in what used to be the stables, with hot and cold food on offer. The grounds are wonderful to walk around and play in; there are woods, a lake, a forgotten boathouse and an ancient meadow to explore, bursting with wildflowers and butterflies in summer.
From 1 March 2021 dogs are not allowed in the gardens. They are allowed in the park on a lead. There is a designated off-lead area on the front lawn.
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