The very best of Hounslow’s historic buildings can be seen for free this weekend, as part of Open House 2016.
Thanks to funding from Hounslow Council which supports the event through its leisure and culture services, a number of buildings and sites in the borough are accessible to everyone on Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September with the chance of tours in some places.
Open House, now in its 24th year, is an annual event, aimed at further enhancing London’s rich history, including architecture from across the centuries.
Properties of interest in Hounslow include: Boston Manor House, TW8 9JX, where there are tours available in the state rooms of the Jacobean three-storey manor house, which was built in 1623. Visit
Hogarth’s House in Chiswick, W4 2QN, will feature tours to areas of the house and grounds that are not always open to the public. The house was the home of painter, engraver and satirist, William Hogarth. Visit
Tours to see the major refurbishment works at Gunnersbury Park and Museum, led by architects, will also be available on Sunday. The museum and grounds are currently closed while a multi-million restoration project takes place. Pre-booking is advised, visit firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of parks and open spaces will also feature walking tours across the weekend.
Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “The doors of some of our most beautiful and interesting places are open for free this weekend, giving fantastic promotion to the wonderful heritage we have here to visitors as well as our residents.
“If you get the chance, go along to one of our historic houses or take in a tour of that place you have been meaning to get to for some time, but haven’t quite got around to. There’s lot to see of which we’re very proud of in Hounslow and this is a great chance for many people to see our jewels in the crown.”
For more information about Open House, visit www.openhouselondon.org.uk
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