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OSTERLEY PARK Piccadilly Line (Heathrow) 

The entrance to Osterley Park is about half a mile from the station. Follow the sign to the left and after about five minutes turn left at Thornbury Road. Soon you will arrive at the park.  The long avenue which leads to the house itself is popular with children as horses and cattle graze in the shady paddocks nearby. The original house dates back to the sixteenth century, but the present magnificent façade, with raised courtyard partially screened by columns, is a Robert Adam re-vamp completed in the 1770’s. Now owned by the National Trust. There is a charge to go into the house or gardens, but entry into the park itself is free with two lakes, meadows and woods to wander round. It is big enough to escape the noise of the M4 at the southern end near the house, though the rumble of traffic is a bit intrusive as you walk north towards Osterley Lane. In the stables courtyard you will find a couple of shops and a cafe. Details on National Trust website 

The park (and toilets) are open daily.  I particularly like Osterley because you can enjoy in it your own way - some stately homes are so commercialised that the period atmosphere is lost. Don't be afraid to go (carefully!) up the grand steps that lead up to the main entrance of the mansion to have a look at the delicate plasterwork on the ceiling. You will also be rewarded by a beautiful view of the park glimpsed through the columns.

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Osterley is just one walk from the many to be found at London Tube Rambles. There are architectural gems, beautiful country views, historic places and quirky buildings even in the most unpromising areas covered by the outer London Underground stations. Usually the discoveries are within a mile of the Tube - often only five minutes walk away. If you reached this as an individual page via a search engine, you might like to click on the link above to see the other destinations explored. You'll be amazed at what's out there!

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