What to do and see in Brentford, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 25, 2017 Major Galusha

Brentford (/ˈbrɛntfəd/) is a town in west London, England, historic county town of Middlesex and part of the London Borough of Hounslow, at the confluence of the River Brent and the Thames, 8 miles (13 km) west-by-southwest of Charing Cross. It has formed part of Greater London since 1965.
Restaurants in Brentford

1. Hen Corner

Lateward Road, Brentford, Ealing TW8 0PL, England
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5 based on 104 reviews

Hen Corner

Baking - Preserving - Artisan Food Making - Poultry & Bee Keeping - Traditional Skills Whether it's welcoming guests to our courses or working with schools, Hen Corner is bringing together the country and the city, helping you turn your urban corner green.

Reviewed By Christina N - Slough, United Kingdom

Absolutely wonderful "Toast & Marmalade" workshop at Hen Corner, making traditional Seville Orange Marmalade, a Lemon, Ginger & Honey Marmalade, and a loaf of bread. Sara was an excellent teacher - and aside from the marmalade making, she taught us a whole different way of mixing and kneading dough that really produced great bread. Mine was a mix of 40% seeded white/60% wholemeal flour, using normal Dove yeast, so easily replicated. It tasted great both as sandwiches and toast.
So far I've dug into the Lemon marmalade (designed by Sara for a Honey Show competition), which is delicious and definitely worth repeating. The ginger in syrup ingredient adds a little kick that knocks it out of the flu 'lemon & honey' taste profile and into something really lovely.
We also got to check out their mini urban smallholding backyard, complete with hens and bee hives as well as the kitchen garden. It's a little slice of 'Good Life' paradise in the centre of London.
It was an excellent day - learnt lots, in a lovely environment, delicious lunch and afternoon tea, it was a great deal of fun and very sociable with four other lovely ladies. I would definitely recommend the Hen Corner courses (there's a Cider course in September), and am actually going back next month to do the "Cheese in a Day" course to learn to make Mozzarella, Feta and Camembert. Looking forward to it!

2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew Green, Kew, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 3AB, England +44 20 8332 5655
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew is London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes, vistas and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens' history. Our collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world, growing out in the landscape and within our glasshouses and nurseries.

Reviewed By Richard G - Norwich, United Kingdom

Something for everyone including children.
If you are interested in horticulture or not you are sure to find plenty of things of interest in this 300 + acres of park, Gardens, and historic buildings/ glass houses.
There are plenty of places to eat, from full meals to snacks. Plenty of spotless toilets dotted around the site. The food at the White Peaks restaurant looked really good although we didn’t eat there as we were there well before lunch. The cakes looked good and were covered. However when we decided to stop for lunch we were at the Victoria but we were not impressed and gave it a miss.
If you are not up to walking there is a train going around the site, cost is £5 for a full day pass and you can get off and on as many times as you like, well worth it.
We went in March when some things we shut and the trees and shrubs were dormant
despite this we had a memorable day.
To make the most of this place, you need at least a day to do it justice.
We parked on Ferry lane Car park arriving at 9.45am and there was hardly anyone there! Although it was a Sunday and the clocks had gone forward! Cost £7, whether you stay there 1hour or the day, very convenient for the Brentford gate.
We will go again later in the year.

3. Osterley Park and House - National Trust

Jersey Road, Isleworth, Hounslow TW7 4RB, England +44 20 8232 5050
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4 based on 395 reviews

Osterley Park and House - National Trust

Reviewed By 3WildThings - London, United Kingdom

Lots of space for kids to run and play ball. Cafe is reasonably priced and food is delicious. Staff are friendly and helpful. Boats on the river are great fun during the summer months. Car park expensive but local parking is much cheaper on the streets around it. The horses in the field are fantastic. Regular place we visit.

4. Isabella Plantation

Richmond Park, Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 5HX, England
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5 based on 204 reviews

Isabella Plantation

Reviewed By Anthony H

When you need one, you need one :-) I am sure it is delightful in the sunlight. Early January? Not so much.

5. Strawberry Hill House

268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4ST, England +44 20 8744 1241
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4.5 based on 318 reviews

Strawberry Hill House

Visiting Strawberry Hill is a truly theatrical experience. On approach to the building it is immediately apparent from the whitewashed walls and crenelations that this is no ordinary stately home. Once inside the visitor will find the rooms magically lit by a unique collection of renaissance glass with a gloomy castle-like hall and grey gothic staircase leading dramatically to the magnificence of the gallery and state apartment. Between 2007 and 2015 the structure of the building was saved from ruin and the eccentric interiors have been fully restored to their late 18th century style. The restoration project has won major awards from the European Union, the Georgian Group, RICS and RHS, and is shortlisted as 2015's Best Tourism Project at the British Guild of Travel Writer's Awards. As well as guided tours and self-guided visits, we also offer events and family activities as well as an excellent cafe and shop.

Reviewed By Jane S - Swindon, England, United Kingdom

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting Strawberry Hill House. We found the staff/volunteers very welcoming and informative. They were enthusiastic to share with visitors or leave you to enjoy wondering. We are National Trust members so got a discount. The cafe was well worth a visit too.I am very pleased that you had such a good visit - than you for coming, and for sharing your experience best wishes Nick

6. The Musical Museum

399 High Street, Brentford, Ealing TW8 0DU, England +44 20 8560 8108
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5 based on 501 reviews

The Musical Museum

The Musical Museum contains one of the world's foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments. From the tiniest of clockwork music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer the collection embraces an impressive and comprehensive array of reproducing pianos, orchestrions, orchestrelles, residence organs and violin players. The Museum is open on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays from 11AM to 5PM, last entry is at 4PM. Tours with live demonstrations of self playing instruments and the Mighty Wurlitzer take place at 11.30AM, 1.30PM & 3.30PM. Concession discounts and reduced prices for children and families are available. The Museum is open on any day for groups consisting of 20 people or more. Please contact the museum for further details.

Reviewed By Coral D D - London, United Kingdom

Our U3A day out was enhanced by the enthusiasm and energy of the volunteer guide at the Musical Museum, Roy, who had been an aircraft engineer, jeweller and clock-maker and now shares his lifetime of knowledge and passion with the museum visitors - inspirational to all of us who are not so young ourselves! He demonstrated most of the mechanical instruments, which was like going back to a bygone era, and took pains to involve the children in the group. After that we were treated to a virtuoso performance by another volunteer, Chris, on the Mighty Wurlitzer. All in all, a very enjoyable afternoon.

Marian Hardwicke Road | Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 3AE, England
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Marianne North Gallery

Wunderschönes botanisches Kunstmuseum

Reviewed By mariaalmeida186338 - London, United Kingdom

Couldn't wait to see this. Such a lovely collection. There are touch screens which show before and after pictures by M. North. It shows the destruction of landscape just to build a tourist attraction.

8. Richmond Park

Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 5HS, England +44 300 061 2200
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Richmond Park

Reviewed By hashtagstringvest

Great place to cycle round. About 7 miles per circuit with couple hills. Less people on the road but a few more cars but plenty space and safe enough. Decent coffee pit stop at Roehampton Gate.

9. York House Gardens

Sion Road, Twickenham TW1 3DD, England +44 7896 202086
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4.5 based on 99 reviews

York House Gardens

Reviewed By Fivestarsi

Used in the 60's Michael Caine movie 'Alfie' (hospital garden scene) York House Gardens are stacked with history (read the plinth by the pond statues). Relax on a bench and at the weekend watch the local Shakespeare company rehearse. Thank you Richmond Council.

10. London Museum of Water & Steam

Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Ealing TW8 0EN, England +44 20 8568 4757
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London Museum of Water & Steam

The London Museum of Water & Steam at Kew Bridge was built in 1838 and is home to an internationally recognised collection of working steams engines that can be seen in operation every weekend. Come and discover the story of London's water supply through interactive displays and fascinating objects from Romans times to modern day. The museum is also home to a narrow gauge steam railway which is in operation every weekend and selected dates in the school holidays. Families can also enjoy the new Waterworks interactive gallery, with hands on exhibits that bring the story of London's water supply to life and prepare to get wet in the outdoors "Splashzone" where children of all ages can turn wheels, gears and pumps to move water by hand to create amazing outcomes. The rotative steam engines are in operation every weekend with the Cornish Engines running on monthly event days (see website for event listings). After all that, relax and refuel in the Stokers Cafe where you will be able to choose from a range of hot and cold drinks and homemade treats. We are a 5 minute walk from Kew Bridge Station (25 minutes from London Waterloo) and are a short bus journey away from South Ealing station (Picadilly Line + 65 bus) and Gunnersbury (District Line and Overground + 237 or 267 bus). There is a small car park on site for visitors.

Reviewed By Normadroaming - London, United Kingdom

It was only recent that I finally managed to visit the museum.
It is s house for precious water processing machines from the past and old ones were powered by steam so that it got its name.
The site was a water processing facility which started operating in the 18th century.
Well recommended museum to spend a day with kids.
A cafe at the entrance is rather small but cozy.

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