The South West London Gardener

5 of the Best Twickenham Gardens to Visit

naked ladies fountain

There’s no denying it, London is a very built-up area.

There are over 3 and a half million homes in London, but these homes have the smallest percentage of gardens in the UK, meaning finding a bit of green space to enjoy some nature can be tough.

Here at the Southwest London Gardener, we are based in Twickenham, and we love this area.

It is packed full of history, stunning landmarks, and some amazing parks and gardens.

We’ve compiled a list of five of our favourite gardens that you can visit today if you’re in this area.

Let’s take a look.

For a Step Back in Time: Strawberry Hill House & Garden

Strawberry Hill describes itself as ‘Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture’ and while the house itself is well worth a look, the gardens are just as special.

Free to visit and home to some amazing wildlife and plants, this five-acre garden is an ideal spot for relaxing in the sun, enjoying a family picnic, or having a good walk and explore.

The house was once owned and designed by Horace Walpole, and he also had a big say over the garden.

We love this garden as there is something for everyone. If you want to relax, there’s plenty of lawn space you can do so on. Alternatively, if you’re an explorer, why not take a walk through the woodlands.

It’s also fun for all the family, with woodland trails available to keep the kids interested.

While Walpole may have designed this garden back in the 18th century, many of the elements remain the same, proving that good style and taste is truly timeless.

For Something Really Eye-Catching: York House Gardens

We’re staying firmly in the 18th century with our next gardens, situated alongside York House.

This is a really eye-catching garden that is packed with stunning features. Most famously, the naked ladies fountain, which stands tall as the centerpiece of these gardens. This historic structure contains eight oceanids climbing their way up towards a pair of aquatic horses, and has stood in place for over 100 years.

There’s everything you need from a garden in this area, from tree-lined walks that are sure to keep the whole family entertained, shaded spots if you need a break from the sun, and lovely lawns where you can enjoy a picnic and a dog walk.

Regularly seen as one of the best in the London in Bloom awards, these gardens contain some amazing plants, that in turn are sure to attract some really stunning wildlife.

For a Riverside Walk: Crane Park

If you’re a lover of lakeside walks (and who isn’t) then crane park is a must on your visit to Twickenham.

Situated alongside the river crane and running for over a mile, this is a lovely walk to enjoy at any time of the year.

If you fancy a bit of adventure, why not head over to Crane Park island, there are many footbridges offering access and also many benches and stopping spaces along the walk for you to catch your breath and take in the lovely scenery.

This is also a great place to catch a glimpse of some wildlife, with the mixture of woodland, greenery, and water providing a habitat for many creatures including birds, frogs, fish, and even water vole.

As you stroll through the park, try to find The Shot Tower, which is still standing from the days when the Hounslow Gunpowder Works stood on this land.

For Some Physical Activity: Kneller Gardens

A delightful park that connects with Crane Park is Kneller Gardens.

While still a spot for a lovely walk, there are plenty of other activities available in this area, including football pitches, basketball courts, and tennis courts.

There’s also fun for all the family, with a wide variety of trails available that are all accessible for everyone.

This is a great place to visit for horticulture enthusiasts as there is a wildflower meadow that comes to life in a burst of colour every summer, as well as plenty of other bulbs that pop up during the spring.

Enjoy a lovely walk, a spot to eat at the café, or a riverside walk (you may even be able to follow the river right over to Crane Park).

The perfect place if you’re looking for something a bit more active, you’re sure to find something all the family can enjoy in this versatile garden.

For Some Luscious Green Lawn: Twickenham Green

For our final garden, we’re heading to the triangle of lovely green lawn that is Twickenham Green.

Situated in the heart of Twickenham, if you’re looking for lots of green grass to spend a relaxing day in the sun that is easily accessible and quiet, then this is the place for you.

Despite cricket games being held throughout the summer, this park is a great place to find a quiet spot with your friends and family and catch some fresh air.

Lovely trees line the outer perimeter of this park, making it a really scenic spot, and with the great work done by local volunteers to keep it clean and tidy, the park is always a nice place to visit for a few hours.

As if you need any more persuading, a pizza restaurant sits just off the green, making choosing what to have for dinner easy.

Twickenham Gardeners

Here at The Southwest London Gardener, we work in a variety of places, but one of our homes is Twickenham.

We love this area and enjoy meeting the local residents and visiting the lovely gardens between jobs.

If you are based in this area, we hope you find some inspiration from this blog, and if you’re heading into the city anytime soon, why not check out our guide to some great London gardens?

And, if you’re looking for some Twickenham gardeners to carry out some garden landscaping, design, and maintenance, then get in touch with our team today.