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Strawberry Hill House

Type:Historic House / Palace

268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 4ST

Tel: +44 (0)20 8744 1241

Strawberry Hill House


During the eighteenth century, Horace Walpole, man of letters and son of England’s first prime minister, transformed a modest house in fashionable Twickenham into his own “little gothic castle” creating a tourist attraction that was as popular in his day as it is in ours.

Walpole and his friends took inspiration from historic gothic buildings to develop an internationally famous style known as ‘Strawberry Hill Gothic’. In doing this he masterly created a sense of theatre in which visitors can enjoy a magical experience.

Strawberry Hill was also the inspiration for the first gothic novel. The Castle of Otranto was printed on the first private printing press in the country at Strawberry Hill and was the precursor to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a literary tradition which lasts into our own time.

In 2010, following an £8.9million restoration, Strawberry Hill reopened its doors to the public. Visitors can again appreciate Horace’s creation, viewing the award-winning restored interiors and a unique collection of Renaissance painted glass.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Standard£12.50 per ticket
Adult with gift aid£14.00 per ticket
Under 16's FreeFree

English Heritage, Richmond Card, Southwest Trains & Actives Days Out: 2 for 1 on standard adult tickets

Art Fun and National Trust: 50% off



  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site - Picnicing welcome but there is no specific picnic area or dedicated tables

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities - Yes – on a Thursday or Friday
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - But limited
  • Parking (free) - But limited

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1 hour 15 mins
  • Booking essential - Booking optional but recommended
  • Delta accepted
  • Euros accepted
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 80
  • Min group size - 15
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Some Areas

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun - Specific Events
  • Marketed Towards Children - Specific Events
  • Marketed Towards Families - Specific Events

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Strawberry hill is situated on Waldegrave Road which runs between Teddington and Twickenham. If you do need to travel by car, the postcode TW1 4ST

Public Transport Directions

Strawberry Hill train station is an 8 minute walk from the house with trains running from Waterloo every half hour.Two local bus routes stop close to the house, the 33 and R96, both of which stop at Richmond train station.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

* Last admission to the house is one hour before closing. We welcome drop-in visits.

March to October The House is typically open on Sundays from 11am-5pm and Monday through Wednesday 12-4.30pm. Last admission to the house is one hour before closing. Pre-booking for House entry is required for weekday visits during March to October.

Please note that we are not open on Saturdays. Opening times are subject to change due to events taking place in the House & Garden.

Opening Hours Strawberry Hill House & Garden has been open to visitors for over 250 years. Find out more below about house opening hours or explore our beautiful garden for free, 7 days a week.

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