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A Georgian country estate in west London

A short hop from central London by tube but a world apart. Stroll up the tree-lined drive, past the grazing Charolais cattle and you'd think you're in the country, not urban Hounslow.

Surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London.

Once described by Horace Walpole as 'the palace of palaces', Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients.

Today the house is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s; enter the house as the family's guests would have via the impressive stone steps leading up to the portico.

Stroll through the colourful formal gardens, transformed during our six year long project from an overgrown wilderness back to their 18th century grandeur of herbaceous borders, roses and ornamental vegetables beds. Look out for the original Robert Adam summer house full of lemon trees and highly scented shrubs.

Grab some lunch in our stables tea-room, or why not get it to take away and spend some time spotting some of the resident wildlife by Middle Lake?

After a quick snooze in the deckchairs on the temple lawn take the woodland walk and uncover the forgotten boathouse or wander back through the ancient meadow, bursting with wildflowers and butterflies.

Autumn events

Our family events programme is back this October half-term, along with the Hallowe’en Pumpkin Weekend and the new Osterley After Dark tours of the house - are you brave enough?

Explore the basement

See life â¿¿below stairsâ¿¿ in our basement kitchen

Every Monday and Tuesday you can join us for a 'behind the scenes' tour of the basement, not only seeing all the servants' quarters but also areas of the house you wouldn't usually see! Limited places available, book on arrival

Let's get active

 From Parkrun every Saturday to buggyfit classes for new mums, there's plenty of sports at Osterley to get you outdoors and active this year. What will you try next?

Explore the capital

Our rich and diverse capital city is brimming with heritage attractions. Where will you explore next?

Our collections

You can explore our extensive collection of objects on display or behind the scenes on the National Trust Collections website.

Behind-the-scenes secrets

So what exactly goes on when the doors are closed? Have a peek at our conservation team's blog to find out.