Use Places & People to search over 6,600 parks and gardens in the UK and 2,100 biographies of people associated with them. Image location: Bedgebury National Pinetum

Learn about the rich heritage of parks and gardens in Topics.
Image location: Powis Castle

Follow News & Events, updated regularly with the latest information affecting historic parks and gardens. Image location: Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Visit the Schools for ideas and activities to encourage the interest of children and young people in their local parks. Image location: Trentham

Join us as a volunteer and Research & Record historic parks and gardens in your area.
Image location: Cirencester Abbey

View the Illustrated Glossary which provides definitions and accompanying images for terms and concepts associated with historic parks and gardens. Image location: Pannett Park

Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.

Loading...

Brief description of site

The park was landscaped in the late-18th century on an earlier site, and was further developed in the 19th century. A public park since 1925, the site occupies 71 hectares and includes a large ornamental lake. A number of earlier landscape features remain, including the Potomac Pond with Pulhamite rock work; Princess Amelia's Bath House, Japanese Garden and Italian Garden.

Brief history of site

By the mid-18th century there was a formal layout involving canals and an avenue, with probable input by William Kent. The estate was further developed in the late-18th century and then split in two in about 1800.
In 1835 Lionel Rothschild bought the Gunnersbury Park estate and the family stayed there until 1925. During their tenure they reunited the two estates, bought new land on which they constructed a pond, and built up a reputation for excellent horticultural practices.
In 1925 75 hectares of the estate, including the large and small mansions and garden buildings, were purchased by the boroughs of Acton and Ealing, with assistance from the MCC. It opened to the public in May 1926 and although its horticultural features were maintained, there was increasing emphasis on sports and recreation, with facilities including a bowling green, golf course and playground.

Location information:

Address: Gunnersbury Park, Pope's Lane, London, W3 8CQ

Locality: Hounslow

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Hounslow

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ187789
Latitude: 51.4966 Longitude: -0.291452

Directions:

Tube: Acton Town (Piccadilly, District) then bus. Rail: Kew Bridge then bus. Bus: E3, H91

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a public park open daily from 8am to dusk. Please see:
http://www.hounslow.info/parks-open-spaces/find-your-park/gunnersbury-park/
or telephone 020 8992 1612

Visitor information:

Car park. WCs. Refreshments.
Children's playgrounds. Sports facilities. Boating lake.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: museum

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 70.96

Print preview