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“Delightful!”
Review of Chiswick House

Chiswick House
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We did not go inside the house but were delighted by the gardens and landscaping. Entrance is free and after recently paying extravagantly to get into the run down Borde Hill Gardens, these were a wonderful surprise. The area by the immaculate conservatory was our favourite and the cafe is great (again ten times better than Borde Hill). Sad to see a lot of the boxus has been ravaged by blight.

Thank Terry E
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Chiswick House is something of a side-show for the impressive Chiswick Gardens. The gardens are open to the public (and their dogs), and worth a visit in their own right. The house only justifies a short visit, but free entry for English Heritage Members helps to justify the high cost of membership.

The audio tour of the house is quite challenging, as its designed to be followed sequentially, with few points to jump in or out, so its a bit too regimented - and difficult to find your place if you want to go at your own pace.

At least the staff are friendly, and didn't seem to suffer the general problems with English Heritage sites of overselling the annual pass and causing delays as a result.

Thank WhiteAnt2008
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Built for the Duke of Burlington almost 300 years ago by William Kent, this building is a testament to the rule that you should not ask friends to design something for you. Yes, it is built in the tradition of Palladio, but the finished product is a mean sized set of rooms on the ground floor and an overly large "Upper Tribune", or entrance hall, on the first. Some of the decor is in mind-blowing bad taste, such as the hideous blue flocked wallpapered room. The paintings are also nothing to write home about and even the audio guide suggests that William Kent the painter was not a talent to be admired. Sadly, there is little furniture on display. The views from the building, on the other hand, are lovely.

Unusually for London, there was free parking in the road that boarders the walled garden.

For those using wheelchairs, the House is able to accommodate but I overheard the guide say the staff needed an hour's notice.

1  Thank Roland D
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

The house is a little dark and depressing and unless you particularly like 17th century Italian art, probably worth a miss as an art gallery. Apart from the paintings, there are few other objects to see. Definitely not worth the entrance fee of over £5. Having said that the gardens are free, and must be amazing in the spring and summer so will go revisit to see the gardens then. If it was free to get in the house, I would recommend going, but £5:60 is £5:60 and I went with my mum, and for the same price I could have taken her for a roast dinner in a Toby carvery. I know the two can't really be compared, but ...

Thank The-Happy-Traveller0
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

The Palladian house is interesting and there,s a large park with glas-houses with an old collection of camellia.

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