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9-10 June 2018

9-10 June 2018

Grove House Estate and Downshire House (Roehampton University)

Grove House Estate and Downshire House (Roehampton University)
(Photo: Unversity of Roehampton)
Visitor Information
Open

Sunday 11:00–15:00

Activities

Self-guided walks with information sheets.

Entrance

Roehampton Lane
Nearest postcode: SW15 5PJ

Buses

72, 265 and 493 stop outside, 85 and 170 a few minutes' walk away

Station

Barnes (2km)

Toilets

Disabled toilet on site

Car Parking

Parking available on site.

Access

Most of the garden circuit is accessible by wheelchair. Some steps but alternative routes are available. Uneven surface in places.

Dogs

Dogs on leads

The Garden

Roehampton Great House originally stood on this site, built in 1625 for the Lord High Treasurer of England under Charles I. Some of the foundations are still visible in the cellar of Grove House. James Wyatt built the present house in 1792 for Sir Joshua Vanneck. Now part of Roehampton University, the beautiful listed grounds of Grove House were first laid out in the 18th century. 

Downshire House was built around 1770. The owner from 1912 to 1920 was Sir Stephen Herbert Gatty. In his time, extensive formal gardens were laid out, of which a small part survives to the north. In 1949 Downshire House was the last of the Roehampton villas to be used as a private residence.

Capital Growth garden: 26
Visitor Information
Open

Sunday 11:00–15:00

Activities

Self-guided walks with information sheets.

Entrance

Roehampton Lane
Nearest postcode: SW15 5PJ

Buses

72, 265 and 493 stop outside, 85 and 170 a few minutes' walk away

Station

Barnes (2km)

Toilets

Disabled toilet on site

Car Parking

Parking available on site.

Access

Most of the garden circuit is accessible by wheelchair. Some steps but alternative routes are available. Uneven surface in places.

Dogs

Dogs on leads

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