Explore The Gardens Of Grove House Roehampton

Unlock your secret garden experience


Visitor Information
Open: Saturday 11:00–16:00
Activities: Self-guided walks with information sheets at any time.
Buses: 72, 265 and 493 stop outside, 85 and 170 a few minutes' walk away
Station: Barnes (1km)
Toilets: Disabled toilet on site.
Car Parking: Parking available on site.
Access: Most of the circuit of the garden is accessible by wheelchair. There are some steps but alternative routes are available. Uneven surface in places.
Dogs: Working assistance dogs only

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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, when Capability Brown is believed to have been consulted.

Photo: Sarah Jackson

The formal gardens, lily pond with fountain and limestone terrace were added in the 19th century, as well as the grotto (it is said, to deaden the noise from the adjacent convent!) There is also a lake, a sham bridge and a mausoleum.

The icehouse was only discovered in 1998, when exploratory work on the grotto revealed a bricked-up door.

June 5, 2014

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