Strawberry Hill House is internationally renowned as one of the best examples of Georgian Gothic architecture. Enjoy a guided tour of Horace Walpole's architectural masterpiece exploring the history, interiors and stories of its residents.
Tours departs at 10am. Booking is essential. If you are a group of 15 persons or more you may be interested in booking a private guided tour for preferential rates. Please e-mail email@example.comFind out more Book now
Wednesday 2nd March, Wednesday 18th May, Wednesday 7th September at 7pm
Explore the castle at twilight for a 90 minute tour of the house that is gothic and gloomth at this most eerie time of day. Kicked off with a glass of fizz, you will be guided through Horace Walpole's theatrical masterpiece, his gothic castle of Strawberry Hill.
Doors open from 6pm for the 6.30pm Tour and 6.30pm for the 7pm for a complimentary glass of fizz.
Standard Adult £25
Members, Patrons and Students: £20
This series of talks accompanies our latest In Focus display, which is dedicated to the Italian Grand Tour. The talks will explore the friendship between Strawberry Hill creator Horace Walpole, and the British Envoy to Florence, Horace Mann and his circle including Thomas Patch. Tickets include entry to the display.
Online and In-person tickets available.
Cultural diplomacy in the Grand Tour between Rome, Florence and London: the role of Cardinal Alessandro Albani. By Clare Hornsby PhD, FSA, Research Fellow in Art History, The British School at Rome and member of the Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l’Immagine di Roma.
Thursday 26 May 2022 at 7.30pm, Doors open at 6.30pm
Cardinal Alessandro Albani (1692-1779), nephew of Pope Clement XI, had a vast Europe-wide correspondence that functioned as the backbone of his role as Cardinal protector of various states, including the Empire. Within that was an extensive exchange of letters over a long period with his near contemporary, the British diplomat in Florence Horace Mann which, in a similar way to the correspondence of Mann with Walpole, covered politics (Albani was a facilitator of spying on the activities of the Stuart Court), gossip, diplomacy and the arts. Mann provided letters of introduction to British visitors in Florence planning their trips to Rome and Albani used these contacts to establish connections for his lifelong passion, collecting and dealing in antiquities.
This talk will sketch out the background of Albani’s connection with Mann and will focus on a series of letters between Albani and George “Bubb” Dodington of ‘La Trappe’ in Hammersmith, a wealthy British politician originally introduced to the cardinal by Mann, whose acquisitions of valuable antique marble statues from Rome and other art works was commented upon by Walpole. The villa - just down the river from Strawberry Hill - and its contents have disappeared; we will look at the evidence that remains and highlight the role that art dealing played in the shift of papal policy in favour of the Hanoverian monarchy, largely brought about by Alessandro Albani’s activities.
Image: Cardinal Albani by Ludovico Mazzanti.
Other talks in The Grand Tour series
Thomas Patch (1725–82): an English Artist in Florence. By Hugh Belsey, Freelance Art Historian.
Thursday 21 April at 7.30pm
"A perfect character for the stage". Sir Horace Mann, British Envoy and Cavaliere in Florence. By Dr Giulia Coco, Art historian and curator at the Italian Ministry of Culture.
Thursday 12 May at 7.30pmFind out more Book now
Friday 23 - Sunday 25 September, 11am - 5pm
The Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival, curated by Leigh Chappell & Janne Ford, returns for a fourth successive year this September with a spectacular showcase of the very best of British-grown flowers, foam-free sustainable floristry, and the design creativity of the UK’s leading floral designers.
Strawberry Hill House offers a breath-taking setting for the Flower Festival, shining a spotlight on the beauty, variety and versatility of the fresh and dried flowers and foliage cultivated by British flower farmers. The Flower Festival gives free creative rein to the invited florists to share their artistry, expertise, and passion for sustainable floral design.
The Flower Festival is produced for the first time this year in association with Flowers from the Farm, the award-winning membership organisation championing artisan growers of local, seasonal British cut flowers.
Standard Adult Ticket: £18
Members & Patrons and Students: £14
Under 14's Free
This year we have a range of Tours and Demonstrations, including a demonstration by acclaimed Royal Florist and sustainable floristry advocate, Shane Connolly. More details can be found on our 'What's On' page.Find out more Book now
Friday 23 - Sunday 25 September
Explore the Flower Festival with an exclusive morning tour with either Leigh Chappell or Janne Ford, Floral Artists and Festival Curators, to learn more about the floral installations on display and gain a greater insight into top floral techniques, followed by Coffee & Pastries in the Garden Cafe.
Standard Adult Ticket: £24
Members & Patrons: £14
Friday 23 & Sunday 25 September, 12pm - 1pm
Hand-tied Bouquet Demonstration with Leigh Chappell, festival co-curator and floral artist.
Leigh Chappell, festival co-curator, floral artist and trained botanical illustrator, loves to create natural floral beauty in her designs. Join Leigh for a masterclass on how to make an arrangement for the home using homegrown seasonal flowers. Each member of the audience will be given a raffle ticket at the end of the demo and the winner will take home the bouquet!
Standard Adult £16
Members / Patrons £12
Students £12Find out more Book now
Saturday 24 September, 12pm - 1pm
Floral bowl arrangement Demonstration with Leigh Chappell, festival co-curator and floral artist.
Leigh Chappell, festival co-curator, floral artist and trained botanical illustrator, loves to create natural floral beauty in her designs. Join Leigh for a demonstration on how to make a bowl arrangement for the home using homegrown seasonal flowers. Each member of the audience will be given a raffle ticket at the end of the demo and the winner will take home the bowl arrangement!
Standard Adult £16
Members / Patrons £12
Students £12Find out more Book now
Friday 23 September
Doors open at 6.15pm, Demonstration at 7.30pm
Tour the Flower festival, followed by a Masterclass with Royal Florist, Shane Connolly
Enjoy exploring the festival, meeting many of the floral designers, and then, with a glass of fizz, watch a Masterclass by Royal Florist, Shane Connolly. Shane holds Royal Warrants of appointment to HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales and is possibly best known for decorating Westminster Abbey with an avenue of growing trees for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Standard Adult Ticket £25
Members / Patrons £20
Students £20Find out more Book now
Wednesday 22 June 2022 at 7.00 pm
This Pride month, join our LGBTQ+ Tour to explore more about Horace Walpole’s sexuality by investigating the correspondence between his network of friends and acquaintances, and how this might inform our interpretation of his house and collection. Many portraits of Walpole’s homosocial circle are on display in our Grand Tour exhibition which will be part of the tour.
As visitors are led through the House, our tour guide will reveal how Strawberry Hill enabled Walpole to build a unique identity for himself by his radical use of architecture, design, and antiquarianism. Learn also, how Walpole's famous and prolific correspondence, with his extensive network of friends and acquaintances, bring his colourful times to life
Standard Adult: £20
Members and students £16Find out more Book now
Sunday 21 August 2022 at 11.30am
The White Rabbit is on the run,
The Mad Hatter just wants some fun.
Wonderland magic is ready for you.
Keep your head, whatever you do!
Join the award-winning Walking Theatre Company for a magical outdoor adventure through Wonderland, featuring some of your favourite characters, set in the enchanting grounds of Strawberry Hill House & Garden.
Suitable for all ages. Performance time 60 - 90 minutes.
Standard Adult: £10
Members and Patrons: £7
Under 14's: £5Find out more Book now