Marble Hill House (English Heritage)
Marble Hill House
020 8892 5115
020 8607 9976
A magnificent Palladian villa set within lush riverside grounds. Visitors to Marble Hill House can catch a glimpse of the lavish entertaining that took place here, in these extravagantly gilded rooms, when it served as the Thames-side retreat for Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II.
Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
1 Apr-1 Nov, Sat 10am – 2pm
Sun & Bank Hols.10am-5pm / 2 Nov-20 Dec and 1-31 Mar : Exclusive group access, please call for details / Closed 21 Dec – 28 Feb
Access to house: North front door with ramp opened for wheelchair users (please ask at ticket office entrance). Two steps at ticket office. One wheelchair available in house. All ground floor accessible. Staircase to first floor; assistance may be required. Several chairs provided. NB: On upper floors, floors are too highly polished for assistance dogs.
Access to park: 66 acres of level ground, nearly all accessible on tarmac path or fairly smooth grass.
Parking: 200m from house entrance; by prior arrangement, disabled visitors may be set down at the entrance.
Hearing Impaired Visitors: Audio tour with hearing loop included in admission price.
Toilets: WCs at cafe; accessible WC on ground floor of house.
Shop: Access via ramp.
Refreshments: Level access to Coach House Cafe.
The setting of Marble Hill House along the river and close to Hampton Court is significant: the Richmond area was very popular with the aristocracy and, as a consequence, attracted the foremost artists of the time. A great patron of the arts, Henrietta Howard regularly entertained celebrated poets and wits of the day at the house, including Pope, Swift and Gay. Today, Marble Hill House is furnished with some of its original contents as well as with a wealth of fine paintings and objets d’art to reflect its first owner’s tastes.
Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art