Continuing on with the A to Z of family friendly activities in London we have the letter O.
I haven’t blogged in a very long time. Turns out that 1-year-olds can take up a lot of your time and leave you quite tired. So this blog post is actually about a trip we took last year, but there is something you can do at Osterley Park and House all the way through the year, so never fear, I’m still flying the family-friendly flag.
Osterley is at the bottom end of the Picadilly line. It’s about 15 minutes walk to the park gates from the tube and then a beautiful walk through the ground to the house. Osterley is not an accessible tube station, there are quite a few stairs to lug a pushchair up. You can always drive, there is ample parking but the view as we walked up to the house was pretty beautiful.
The grounds were designed to view the house from several vantage points. We came in via the pond, nowadays we would have stopped to point at every bird we could see, but Henry decided to nap through the view this time. Once you arrive at the house you can either go inside first or head to the gardens. Either way, there is an entry fee. Osterley is a National Trust property so it will either be part of your membership or like us – a bit pricey. We haven’t seen membership as worth it for us as there just aren’t enough National Trust properties that you can reach easily without a car near us.
We headed into the grounds first. This is where the family-friendly section of Osterley really lies. There are ornamental gardens, flower gardens, winding pathways, a den building area and a play trail. The paths made it accessible with the pushchair but it would be perfect for our now walking everywhere he chooses toddler.
The play trail had lots of fun things built of wood. Henry is a bit little for balance beams and rope swings but that didn’t stop me and the husband, we had great fun, very family friendly for us! Henry did get to have a go on a swing whilst I held him very tightly, he loved it the little thrill seeker that he is. We’ll go back one day and try out the den building area. If the shrieks of joy coming out of that area of woodland were anything to go by, I would think we’ll have a lot of fun.
After we’d explored the grounds it was time for some lunch. The cafe is very good, as is usual at National Trust properties. There was a great little meal deal for Henry and a warming baked potato for us adults. We sat outside but we could have sat in a converted stable stall inside if we wanted.
After lunch, we went into the house. We used the carrier and Henry looked but didn’t touch. We wouldn’t risk it now as Henry would have run amok but if you can I would suggest a quick trip inside. Even if you don’t go all the way inside the entrance hall is beautiful and the view of the grounds through the columns is beautiful.
We’ll definitely go back to Osterley when Henry is a bit older to make the most of the grounds and to get a cake from the cafe probably. Although we still won’t be tempted to pay for that pesky National Trust membership!
|Osterley Park and House|
|£12.70 for an adult and £6.35 for a child (over 5)|
|Grounds are pushchair accessible.
No pushchairs allowed in the house.
|Baby Change facilities available.|