SYON HOUSE & LONDON'S ARCADIA
The Duke of Northumberland's Syon House is London's only surviving ducal residence. Richmond has long been a favourite retreat of royalty, the rich and the famous. We also explore London's Arcadia. developed in Georgian times.
Meet the Blue Badge Guide at Richmond Green at 10.30am to buy morning coffee. The gateway to a Tudor Palace remains on the Green once the scene of tournaments and pageants.
Our gentle stroll through streets of elegant period houses captures the timeless charm of this elegant Thames side town. It's a great place for lunch and with plenty of pubs and cafes.
During the 18th century, an Arcadia or "idyllic pastoral landscape" was created along the Thames to the West of London.
Magnificent Royal and aristocratic palaces, gardens and parks linked by a series of avenues are set within a framework of meadows and woodland. Our Arcadian coach tour includes the only view in the UK protected by an Act of Parliament and Noel Coward's childhood home The grand Adam's interiors at Syon House resembles the Imperial Rome of a Hollywood epic. The vivid Red Drawing Room displays an incredible painted ceiling and the 136ft Long Gallery is breathtaking with a spectacular view over the last tidal watermeadow on the River Thames.
There's a cafe next to the house for tea before heading home at 4.45pm.
Adults £29 Seniors: £28
Wed, Thurs & Sun May to Oct
Price Valid to 31 March 2020