Marble Hill House

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Marble Hill House information

London , United Kingdom
Address
Street Richmond Rd
Extras TW1
Telephone
+44 20 8892 5115
Getting there
train St Margaret’s or Richmond
tube Richmond
More information
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Prices
adult/child/family £5.70/3.40/14.80
Opening hours
tours 10.30am & noon Sat, 10.30am, 12pm, 2.15pm & 3.30pm Sun Apr-Oct, park 7am-dusk
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Lonely Planet review

An 18th-century Palladian peach conceived as an idyllic escape from the hurly-burly of city life, this majestic love nest was originally built for George II’s mistress Henrietta Howard and later occupied by Mrs Fitzherbert, the secret wife of George IV. The Georgian interior contains some astonishing flourishes, including the hand-painted Chinese wallpaper in the dining parlour and some delectable furniture.

The poet Alexander Pope had a hand in designing the park, which stretches leisurely down to the Thames. To get there from St Margaret’s station, turn right along St Margaret’s Rd, then take the right fork along Crown Rd and turn left along Richmond Rd. Turn right along Beaufort Rd and walk across Marble Hill Park to the house. It is also easily accessible by pedestrian ferry from Ham House. It’s a 25-minute walk from Richmond station.