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Accessibility

Access to the house by wheelchair or for those who have trouble climbing stairs is made very easy by a purpose built lift installed during the restoration. The only area not accessible is the Library, however staff can provide a short video showing the appearance of the room. Fully accessible toilets are available, as well as a hearing loop in the shop.

Buying your tickets online

Please select your event and follow the instructions.

Your e-ticket will be emailed to you upon completion - print it and bring to the event.

The Dining Club

Enjoy a ‘fine dining experience’ in one of the historic rooms of the house.
Details and booking

Events 2016

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All events: FoSH Exclusives

Lecture Series 'A History of Portraiture' - The National Gallery

Thursday 21 January 2016, 11:00 - 12:00

The second in our series of talks by art historian Alison Meek, delivered on location in some of London's major museums and galleries.

At the National Gallery we will see how portrait painting evolved in 15th Century Northern Europe and made its way to Renaissance Italy, capturing the very essence of individual physiognomy and psychology.

Further lectures will be 11.00am - 12.00pm on Thursdays:

25th February 2016: Victoria & Albert Museum

21st April 2016: National Portrait Gallery

Tickets are £10 per talk and are booked individually.

This is a Friends exclusive event. For more information or to join, please click here.


All events: Gothic

Gothic Bookclub

Monday 8 February 2016   at 19:30

The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break by Stephen Sherrill

Five thousand years on - and the Minotaur, or M as he is known to his colleagues, is working as a line chef at Grub's Rib in Carolina, keeping to himself, keeping his horns down, trying in vain to put his past behind him. He leads an ordered lifestyle in a shabby trailer park where he tinkers with cars, writes and re-writes to-do lists and observes the haphazard goings on around him. Outwardly controlled, M tries to hide his emotional turmoil as he is transported deeper into the human world of deceit, confusion and need.

Adult


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 10 February 2016   at 20:00

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Dining Club

The Dining Club

Thursday 11 February 2016   at 19:00

"The Cat and the Goldfish Bowl"

Celebrated British educationalist and writer, Sir Christopher Frayling, will join the Dining Club as guest speaker in February, for an evening of fine dining in one of the magnificent historic rooms at Strawberry Hill.

Sir Christopher will deliver his fascinating illustrated talk, “The Cat and the Goldfish Bowl”; about the tragic events surrounding the death of Horace Walpole’s cat Selima, and how they came to be immortalised in poetry and art.

Membership of the Dining Club is required – join now.

Adults only

Sold out


The Great Annual FoSH Quiz!

Friday 19 February 2016   at 19:00

Put your general knowledge to the test, enjoy a tasty ploughman's supper, and compete for the prestigious title of 'Winning Team 2016' in our highly popular Annual FoSH Quiz.

This event is held in Clarendon Hall at York House, Twickenham.

Bookable in tables of 8, at £14/head. Tickets include ploughman's supper.

Adults only

Sold out


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 24 February 2016   at 20:00

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Lecture Series 'A History of Portraiture' - Victoria & Albert Museum

Thursday 25 February 2016   at 11:00

The third in our series of talks by art historian Alison Meek, delivered on location in some of London's major museums and galleries.  

At the V&A come face to face with examples of sculptural portraits, from kings to commoners, from perfection to warts and all! We will also take the opportunity to look at the collection from Strawberry Hill House in the British Galleries at the museum.

Further talks will be 11AM-12PM on Thursdays:

21st April 2016- The National Portrait Gallery

Tickets are £10 per talk, and are booked individually.

This is a Friends exclusive event. For more information or to join, please click here.


Activities at The DecorCafe Network Creative Home FestivalThe DecorCafe Network Creative Home Festival

Friday 11 March 2016

10:00am - 4:00pm

A festival celebrating original homes and gardens

The DecorCafe Network and Strawberry Hill House, one of the country's most original homes, are delighted to come together for this unique event all about inspiring you to create a more personal home, covering interiors, gardens, food & drink and home business.

More details and book >

All events: Exhibitions

A Collector's Collection: Dr Shirley Sherwood Selects Botanical Art

Tuesday 1 March 2016 - Tuesday 31 May 2016 - during house opening times

We are honoured to host an exhibition of botanical art from the collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE.

Dr Sherwood, described by the BBC as a “driving force behind a revival of interest in botanical art” has chosen drawings and paintings which represent plants either selected by Horace Walpole for his garden at Strawberry Hill or which he would have seen in the other fashionable gardens of his time.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Make a Flower Box for Mum

Saturday 5 March 2016   at 12:30

Plant up a flower box and make a beautiful gift for Mothering Sunday.

Suitable for ages 5 to 10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please book one ticket per child.

Suitable for ages 5 to 10 years.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 9 March 2016   at 20:00

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: FoSH Exclusives

"Through the Stage Door" at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Thursday 10 March 2016   at 14:15

A unique opportunity for Friends to go behind the scenes of one of the most famous theatres in the World, and the oldest theatre in London.

The tour is conducted by professional actors, who perform some of the most intriguing episodes in the theatre's 338 year history. Their repertoire includes characters such as Hamlet and Ophelia, Nell Gwynne, former theatre managers, playwrights and back stage staff.

The tour also explores the theatre’s Royal retiring rooms, front of house areas, intriguing backstage and the rarely seen, innovative hydraulic understage machinery. This promises to be a magical theatrical experience, and unlike any theatre tour before.

This is a Friends exclusive event. For more information or to join, please click here.

Adults only


Exclusive Preview - The DecorCafe Network Creative Home Festival

Thursday 10 March 2016   at 18:30 - 21:30

The DecorCafe Network and Strawberry Hill House, one of the country's most original homes, are delighted to come together for this unique event all about inspiring you to create a more personal home, covering interiors, gardens, food & drink and home business. Come and enjoy an exclusive preview of the festival with fizz and canapes.

Adults only


All events: Music & Theatre

Dance Back in Time

Saturday 12 March 2016   at 19:30

Welcome Spring with a Georgian country dance in the magnificent setting of Strawberry Hill.

Enjoy the fun and delights of an 18th century assembly. No experience necessary as dances will be walked through and called by dancing master Stuart Marsden. Music from The Squirrels with band leader Paul Hutchinson.

Costume encouraged!

Adult


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 23 March 2016   at 20:00

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: Children & Families

Easter Garden Trail: Naughty Gnomes

Saturday 26 March 2016 - Monday 28 March 2016 - during house opening times

Our enchanted Easter adventure returns to the mystical woodland of Strawberry Hill. Find the clues, answer the riddles and your little explorers will be rewarded with an Easter treat.

£2 participation fee to be paid in shop on arrival.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

All ages

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Easter House Trail: Botanical Bunnies

Saturday 26 March 2016 - Sunday 10 April 2016 - during house opening times

See what botanical mischief our Easter bunnies have been up to at Horace's castle.

Suitable for all ages.

Free to children when accompanied by an adult with a paid house admission ticket. We would advise admission tickets are pre-booked

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 13 April 2016 , 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 13 April 2016 , 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Lecture Series 'A History of Portraiture' - The National Portrait Gallery

Thursday 21 April 2016 , 11:00 AM

The final in our series of four fascinating talks from art historian Alison Meek, delivered on location in some of London's major museums and galleries.

'Portraits and Power' is the title of this lecture, which will consider what is added or taken away from a portrait to demonstrate, or even defend, positions of power. Learn how to decode messages in the symbolism in royal and other portraits.

This is a Friends exclusive event. For more information and to join, please click here.


All events: The Dining Club

Rothschild Old and New

Thursday 21 April 2016 , 07:00 PM

Members of The Dining Club are invited to The Rothschild Collection fine wine comparison evening.

Compare wines from the vineyards in France with the New World, complemented by delicious light bites, as you journey through the House.

Tasting menu and wines included with ticket.

Membership of The Dining Club is required - join now.

Adults only


All events: Masterclasses

Botanical Painting at Strawberry Hill

Saturday 23 April 2016 , 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Renowned botanical illustrator and author Christabel King will demonstrate and then guide you in the art of flower painting using pencil and watercolour techniques. You will learn how to make preparatory sketches for composition and then apply water colours using washes and fine brushwork.  Ticket includes all art materials, and morning and afternoon refreshments. Booking required.

Adult


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 27 April 2016 , 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 27 April 2016 , 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Lectures

A Collector's Collection: Lecture by Dr Shirley Sherwood

Wednesday 4 May 2016   at 07:00 PM

In the stunning ambience of Walpole's State Apartment, Dr Sherwood will discuss the process of selecting pieces for her exhibition at Strawberry Hill, her love for the artistic recording of plants and flowers, and her experience of collecting in this genre.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 11 May 2016   at 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 11 May 2016   at 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 25 May 2016   at 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 8 June 2016   at 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 8 June 2016   at 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Guided tour of Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Saturday 18 June 2016   at 04:00 PM

An exclusive visit has been arranged for the Friends to The Whitechapel Bell Foundry. The Foundry was established in 1570, and has been in continuous business since, making it Britain's oldest manufacturing company.

The Foundry has produced some famous bells; the original Liberty Bell (1752), the Great Bell of Montreal, and perhaps most famously of all, Big Ben at the Palace of Westminster (1858).

As the Foundry continues to work today, tour opportunities are limited, so don't miss the chance to visit this fascinating company and learn more about its rich history.

The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. Doors will be shut and locked shortly after the tour departs at 4PM, so please arrive no later than 3:45PM to avoid any disappointment.


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 22 June 2016   at 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: The Dining Club

The Dining Club

Wednesday 29 June 2016   at 07:00 PM

Ian McCulloch & Silent Pool Distillers

Proprietor of Silent Pool Distillers, Ian McCulloch will join The Dining Club for an evening of fine dining in the unique setting of the Gallery at Strawberry Hill. 

Silent Pool Distillers is an artisan spirit distillery located on the Duke of Northumberland's Albury Estate in the Surrey Hills.Prior to founding his distillery in 2013, Ian worked as Commercial Director at ITV for nearly 20 years.

Ian will talk on the history and production of gin and spirits, with tasting opportunity.

Membership of The Dining Club is required - join now.

Adults only


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 13 July 2016   at 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 27 July 2016   at 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 27 July 2016   at 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 10 August 2016   at 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 10 August 2016   at 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 24 August 2016   at 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 24 August 2016   at 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 7 September 2016   at 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 14 September 2016   at 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: Lectures

Furniture Study Day

Thursday 15 September 2016   at 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM

Celebrating the acquisition of the Warburton Chair, a key piece of Walpole’s collection, this study day will focus on the design and uses of antiquarian furniture at Strawberry Hill.

Speakers will explore the house's place in the broader history of antiquarian interiors, and the afterlife of Walpole's collection. Speakers will include Adam Bowett, Sarah Medlam and Silvia Davoli.

The day will include a guided tour of the house, plus coffee, lunch and afternoon tea are all included in the ticket price. Full programme available on the website.


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 21 September 2016   at 03:00 PM

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 28 September 2016   at 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Dining Club

The Dining Club

Thursday 6 October 2016   at 19:00

"Horace Walpole and The Royal Academy"

The Dining Club will be joined in October by Charles Saumarez Smith CBE; former Director of The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, and current Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Following a three course dinner served in the magnificent Gallery at Strawberry Hill, Charles will discuss Walpole and the Royal Academy in the eighteenth century.

Membership of The Dining Club is required - join now.

Adults only


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 12 October 2016   at 20:00

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 12 October 2016   at 15:00

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 26 October 2016   at 20:00

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

Wednesday 26 October 2016   at 15:00

Our knowledgeable garden guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You will learn about its key feature, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 9 November 2016   at 20:00

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

Wednesday 23 November 2016   at 20:00

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration.

There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


No events for December as yet. Please call back later.