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Brief description of site

Syon House was constructed in the mid-16th century on a former Abbey site. The park was redesigned in the mid-18th century in the English Landscape style by Lancelot Brown. The park covers about 80 hectares and includes 16 hectares of ornamental gardens developed in the 19th century. Some of the botanic collections originated in the 16th century. The Great Conservatory was designed by Charles Fowler in 1826.

Brief history of site

Syon Monastery, founded in 1415, moved to the site of Syon Park in 1431. The Duke of Somerset was granted the monastery and the estate after the Dissolution. He built a new house with raised terraces, one of which was triangular. Lancelot Brown was commissioned to redesign and enlarge the gardens and the park in 1754, and in 1762 Robert Adam was employed to remodel the House. The third Duke, who succeeded to the title in 1817, made a number of major improvements and it was he who opened the gardens to the public in 1837.

Location information:

Address: Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF

Locality: Greater London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Hounslow; Brentford

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ171766
Latitude: 51.4762 Longitude: -0.315253


Off the A315/A310 junction.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open: March - October, 10.30 to 17.00 (or dusk if earlier). November to February - weekends only, 10.30 - 16.00.

Visitor information:

WCs. Refreshments. Garden Centre. No dogs (except guide dogs). Some disabled access - phone for details.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site Style : English landscape garden

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 80

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