Another National Trust gem, the triple-treat of Osterley Park, House, and Gardens is a great day out for the whole family.
This impressive mansion was originally a red-brick Tudor house built in 1576 by Sir Thomas Gresham. Attached you can see the magnificent gardens and larger park. A peaceful retreat in London, you can enjoy hundreds of acres of parkland at Osterley. Open all year, you can bring a picnic and admire the view of the impressive house and enjoy a long walk around the estate.
If you’d rather eat somewhere warm and cosy, there’s plenty on offer at the Stables Cafe, as well as a book and gift shop.
But, like other historic estates, it can be a bit of a drag for younger kids. Well, in the gardens at Osterley you’ll find their exciting play trail with lots of logs to climb, rope swings and a den to explore. To add to that, they’re cycle friendly, have summer Ping-Pong tables, health walks, and even a climbing wall. Or even join in the Park Run every Saturday morning at 9 am! There’s plenty for you to get your teeth into.
Fun fact: While the film Belle was set at Kenwood House, much of the interiors were actually filmed here!
Osterley Park is actually often used as a movie set, as the money raised by filming is put straight back into the property so that it can continue to be a great visitor attraction. The Dark Knight Rises and the recent TV hit Doctor Thorne were both filmed here.