Gunnersbury Park and Museum near Acton, London W3
Gunnersbury Park and Museum is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. The crisp, winter days are a joy to behold but the park really comes into its own during the warmer summer months when the plants and flowers are at their finest.
Popular with dog-walkers and picnickers alike, the park has recently undergone extensive redevelopment, breathing new life into the place. It’s jointly owned by Hounslow and Ealing Councils who now operate the Gunnersbury Estate for the benefit of the community. Whilst it’s ideal for local residents, it also warrants visiting even if you live further afield. The parkland sprawls over 75 hectares of land and includes two stunning Georgian mansions that are Grade II and Grade II* listed.
What’s the difference between Grade II and Grade II* listed?
- Grade II buildings are considered to be of special interest and around 92% of all listed buildings fall into this category.
- Grade II* buildings are considered to be of particular importance and around 6% of all listed buildings are Grade II*
Where is Gunnersbury Park?
The place isn’t too far from central Acton and the official address is:
Gunnersbury Park and Museum, Popes Lane, London W3 8LQ
Telephone: 020 8993 8809
If you visit the website you’ll see a whole host of things to explore including upcoming events, exhibitions and a whole host of other things to do.
Getting there by car
Whilst certainly not well-suited to one of our skip trucks or Acton rubbish removal lorries there is a small car park with an entrance in Popes Lane. Look out for for the lane signed “Gunnersbury Park and Capel Manor College”. The car park is free and roughly 5 or 10 minutes from the café and museum on foot once you’ve parked. There is, of course, disabled parking but be aware that this is on a first come, first serve basis.
Getting there by train
Firstly, you’ll need to get to Kew Bridge Rail Station (South Western Railway). On leaving the station, turn left and then almost immediately, turn left again along Lionel Road South. Cross over the A4 Great West Road using the crossing and head left towards Lionel Road North and then you should see the southern park gate on your right (about 10 minutes on foot).
Gunnersbury museum contains over 40,000 objects which mainly reflect the history of Acton and the surrounding areas of London. As of writing this (July 2018), there is a 15-year “master plan” called ‘Gunnersbury 2026’ which aims to transform Gunnersbury into a sustainable, high-quality public space designed to benefit and serve the local community and visitors travelling from further afield. The strategy includes a diverse mixture of cultural heritage, sports, recreational fun and bigger events.
The revamped museum is also now open, so why not take a day out and explore the amazing history of this part of West London? Aside from dipping your toes into the rich heritage that makes the place unique, you can delight in what the park has to offer in summer including a stunning array of roses in bloom, glistening lakes and a beautiful wildflower meadow that’s bursting with diverse wildlife.
Other things to do
If you’re looking for other things to do in and around Acton, why not also consider a trip to the Transport Museum Depot or if you’re out about in the evening and are looking for some great entertainment, why not check out the Aeronaut in Acton.