Syon House

sights / Architecture

Syon House information

London , England
Getting there
Tube: Gunnersbury
Train: Gunnersbury, then
Bus: 237 or 267
More information
adult/child £11/4.50, gardens only £6/3
Opening hours
house 11am-5pm Wed, Thu & Sun mid-Mar–Oct, gardens & conservatory 10.30am-5pm daily mid-Mar–Oct
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Once a medieval abbey named after Mt Zion, Syon House was dissolved on the orders of Henry VIII and rebuilt into a residence. The house from where Lady Jane Grey ascended the throne for her nine-day reign in 1553 was remodelled in the neoclassical style by Robert Adam in the 18th century and has plenty of Adam furniture and oak panelling.

The interior was designed on gender-specific lines, with pastel pinks and purples for the ladies’ gallery, and mock Roman sculptures for the men’s dining room. Just across the Thames from Kew Gardens, the estate’s 16-hectare gardens, with a lake and the Great Conservatory (1820), were landscaped by Capability Brown. Syon Park is filled with attractions for children, including an adventure playground, aquatic park and trout fishery. In 1547, they say, God exacted his revenge on Henry’s VIII when his coffin was brought to Syon en route to Windsor for burial and burst open during the night, leaving his body to be set upon by the estate’s dogs.