Strawberry Hill began life in 1698 as a modest house, transformed by Horace Walpole, the son of our first Prime Minister, into a “little gothic castle”. His eccentric house attracted curious tourists almost immediately and is now considered Britain’s finest example of Gothic Revival architecture and interior decoration.
Today’s visitors follow in the footsteps of their 18th century predecessors and explore the house with the aid of a guide book written by Horace himself, enjoying the award-winning restoration of the interiors and a unique collection of Renaissance painted glass. Strawberry Hill is ever evolving and there is always something new to see or do at this fairy-tale castle by the Thames.
Strawberry Hill’s Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole’s extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.
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Strawberry Hill - Horace Walpoles Little Gothic Castle