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Syon House & Gardens and Strawberry Hill House
Sunday 26 April 2020

Syon House & Gardens

Sunday, 26th April 2020

Syon is the last surviving ducal residence complete with its country estate in Greater London; it has been in the Percy family, the Dukes of Northumberland, for more than 400 years.

Syon Park is known world-wide as one of Robert Adam’s best examples of neo-classical splendour.  View the magnificent State and Private Apartments (guides in each room) and see an array of art (Van Dykes, etc.) and antiques collected by the Percy family.

Visit the 40 acres of gardens designed by ‘Capability’ Brown and the Great Conservatory. The Park and Gardens feel like deep countryside, although nine miles from Charing Cross.


The entrance to the House has around 8-10 stairs. Inside the House there are around 4 or 5 stairs from the Great Hall to the rest of the principal floor (all the Robert Adams rooms) and then a large staircase (about 30 stairs with a couple of landings in between) to the 1st floor which contains the Victorian bedrooms including Princess Victoria’s bedroom where she lived for many years as the 3rd Duchess was her governess. There are no lifts.


There will be a pre-ordered lunch on arrival then you are free to explore the house and gardens at your leisure.


The Park Inn, Radisson, Heathrow, 4 Stars

Sunday NIght, 26th April 2020

Double/Twin or Single Rooms on a B&B basis. 3-course Group Buffet Dinner

Free access to Leisure Club facilities including Gym, Sauna, Steam Room and Pool


Strawberry Hill House

Monday, 27th April 2020

Strawberry Hill House is internationally famous as Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture. The House’s story begins in 1747, when Horace Walpole discovered and purchased ‘Chopp’d Straw Hall’, one of the last remaining sites available on the banks of the Thames in fashionable Twickenham, to build as his summer residence. He set about transforming a couple of cottages into his vision of a ‘little Gothic castle’ with pinnacles, battlements and a round tower.

Walpole delighted in entertaining foreign ambassadors, royalty and English aristocracy, several of whom were near neighbours. The popularity of Strawberry Hill House was a key factor in the emergence of Gothic Revival architecture that grew throughout the 18th and 19th Centuries, taking its inspiration from gothic cathedrals around Europe. Largely designed by Walpole’s friends, known as the ‘Committee of Taste’, which comprised John Chute and Richard Bentley, chimney pieces, doors and ceilings were based on gothic vaulting, medieval tombs and rose windows: ‘all Gothicism, gold and looking glass’ as the poet Thomas Gray described it.


There are some stairs but also a lift if necessary.

Tour and Lunch

There will be a 90-minute guided tour on arrival then you are free to explore the house and gardens at your leisure. There will be a pre-ordered lunch before departing for Norfolk.


Cost includes: Round trip coach fare from King’s Lynn to West London plus tip, entrance to both venues including one 90-minute tour, 2 lunches, one-night’s stay on a B&B basis at the 4* Park Inn, Radisson, Heathrow, 3-course Group Buffet Dinner.

Total Cost: £170 pp double occupancy. Single supplement £42.50

Booking Deadline: 20th December, 2019 in order to guarantee hotel room prices

Minimum number needed to offer trip: 30.     Maximum number: 48



Booking Form and Itinerary for 2-day, 1-night trip to Syon House & Strawberry Hill House, Sunday -Monday, 26th - 27th April, 2020

Cost includes round trip coach fare from King’s Lynn to West London plus tip, entrance to both venues including one 90-minute guided tour, two lunches, one-night’s stay at The Park Inn, Radisson, Heathrow on a bed & breakfast basis, 3-course Group Buffet Dinner at Hotel.

Total Cost per person, double occupancy: £170.00.  Single supplement: £42.50

Itinerary, Day 1, Sunday, 26th April 2020

9.00       Leave Knight’s Hill, King’s Lynn

9.30       Pick-up Harrods Coaches, Bexwell Aerodrome, Downham Market

12.00     Arrive Syon House

12.30     Pre-ordered light lunch

13.30     Self-guided tour of house (guides in each room) and garden

16.45     Leave for The Park Inn, Radisson, Heathrow

17.15     Arrival and check-in at hotel.

18.45     3-course Group buffet dinner

Itinerary, Day 2, Monday, 27th April, 2020

9.00       Check-out of hotel

9.45       Arrive Strawberry Hill House

10.00     90-minute guided tour then free time to explore. Pre-ordered lunch at the Garden Café in the Great Cloister.

14.00     Board bus for return home

17.00     Drop off Harrods Coaches

17.45     Knight’s Hill drop off

Completed forms and your cheque should be handed in at the monthly meeting or sent to: ‘Syon House Visit’, 16 – 18 Ash Close, Swaffham, Norfolk PE37 7NH. Please note that bookings are not firm until payment has been made and that a refund will only be possible if a substitute can be found.



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