HUGHENDEN, once the country home of the Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli offers a vivid insight into his charismatic personality and colourful private life. There’s an extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia, a secret wartime past in the War Room – Hughenden was high on Hitler’s hit list. Outside the formal garden has been recreated using the original designs of Mary Anne Disraeli.
SAVILL GARDEN is Britain’s finest ornamental garden, a wonderful tranquil place to discover rare plants from around the world. Discover 35 acres of interconnected gardens including the hidden Garden; Spring Wood; New Zealand Garden, the Glades and Summer Gardens.
BROOKLANDS MUSEUM is the birthplace of British motorsport & aviation and home to Concorde. Opened in 1907, Brooklands is steeped in history and has spawned many great drivers, aviators and engineers. It has numerous highlights including the Brooklands Aircraft Factory, the Concorde Experience and, for the brave-hearted, the F1 Simulator.
HAMPTON COURT PALACE is a jewel amongst English palaces. Highlights include the vast Tudor kitchens, the Great Hall and sumptuous state and private apartments. Surrounded by beautiful gardens featuring parterres and fountains, the palace is also home to the world’s oldest maze, planted over 300 years ago.
THAMES CRUISE Enjoy a short cruise from Richmond upon Thames to Kingston upon Thames with Turks Cruises in one of their eye-catching boats. As the river twists and turns look out for Ham House and Marble Hill House, residence of several royal mistresses in the 18th and 19th centuries, and Teddington Lock, the point where the tidal and non-tidal Thames meet.