Any fans of Horrible Histories in your house? How about Batman? Both of these (any many more) were filmed here. It has such a unique facade that once you’ve been you’ll see it pop up quite often. It had been a while since I last updated my review of Osterley Park and hubby hadn’t been so what better excuse to go back?
The house itself is amazing – you can see why it’s so popular with film scouts. Even the entrance to the house is incredible – you go up the vast stone steps, across a courtyard and in through the portico. Sadly this entrance is no longer in use, you have to go in around the side which is a bit sad. There are loads of rooms to explore, both above and below stairs. Given the size of the place there are lots and lots of rooms that are not open to the public. I do wonder what’s in those rooms…..
The main staircase is incredible – they remodelled it because they brought the mural that is on the ceiling and it didn’t fit above the existing one. Rather than just not buying the painting, they did a major DIY project instead!!
One of the rooms was used as the entrance to the Bat Cave. When middle child was told this he thought it was AMAZING that he actually got to look at the Bat Cave entrance. Thankfully they don’t let you look in the “cave” otherwise I think his dreams would have been shattered – it’s just a cupboard 🙁
They also have a couple of resident ghosts at Osterley. One of them haunts the staircase and I swear middle child saw it because he refused to walk up the stairs! I only heard about the ghost stories after visiting. I didn’t see anything at all though! Various people have seen things; including the crew of the Batman film.
As well as the house they have lovely gardens, a lake, a meadow, a play trail and an extensive estate. We didn’t do the play trial the first time we visited but we did on our re-visit. Even just looking around the formal gardens there’s lots to do. We had a lovely time running around the gardens and the various buildings within in. They also have massive deckchairs dotted around so you can just chill out and have a rest whilst the kids have a run around. If you hear a lot of bird song have a look up – there’s a flock of resident parakeets!
Whilst you cannot visit Osterley Park between school runs, it is an easy day-trip. Despite being in the middle of the city and fairly close to the airport it was actually really peaceful. The day that we went, despite being during the summer holiday and a lovely day, it didn’t feel busy at all. We explored the wider estate but didn’t get chance to look at much of it as it had been a long day and the kids were tired.
As you’d expect from an NT property they do regular trails and activities during the holidays. They tend to have quite a few gardening clubs as their main holiday activity which is quite cool. When I visited to re-do the Osterley Park review they had a summer of sport going on. There was lots of sports equipment you could use including footballs goals, frisbees, table tennis and more. You can also hire bikes for a small fee.
The house isn’t accessible with a pushchair, but they do have a buggy park and you can either bring a sling or borrow one of theirs.
Entry – FREE for NT members. £33 for a family ticket into the house and gardens. If you are just visiting the park then entrance is FREE.
Parking / How to get there
Address – Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB . DO NOT USE THIS FOR SAT NAV OTHERWISE YOU END UP ABOUT 10 MINUTES AWAY FROM WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. USE TW7 4RD.
Parking – On-site. Because you can access the wider estate without going into the grounds, there is a separate charge for parking of £7 per day. It’s free for NT members though.
On-site, including for people only visiting the park
There’s a lovely little cafe on site. Picnics are also welcome.
Our Osterley Park Review
Rating – 4 / 5. We’ve been three times now and we still want to go back again as there’s more to explore.