Gunnersbury is jointly owned and run by Hounslow and Ealing council. In 2014 the councils were awarded two grants by the Heritage Lottery Fund to overhaul the museum and make major improvements to the park.
The aim is to refurbish Gunnersbury to enable the whole community to enjoy participating in heritage, arts and culture, wildlife, events, sports and other recreational opportunities in a beautiful setting.
The unique combination of buildings and landscape will be conserved. There will be a focus on an enhanced museum, whose rich collections will inspire learning and creativity and promote a better understanding of local heritage, including the importance of Gunnersbury.
Gunnersbury sports hub
The focus will be on a £10m state-of-the-art sports hub, including floodlit tennis courts, artificial multi-sport pitches, grass pitches and an outdoor gym. These will be complemented with indoor sports halls and modern changing rooms.
The two Gunnersbury Park mansions are set within a beautiful 75 hectares (186 acres) Grade II registered landscape of exceptional mature trees, open grass spaces and historic buildings including an Orangery, ‘Princess Amelia’s’ Bath house, Gothic Ruins and the Stables.
To the west of the mansions is a round pond and close to this is a café (open all year round), a mid-18th century Temple and Italian garden, a large children’s play area and an 18 hole pitch and putt golf course open in the summer months.
The car park, accessed from Popes Lane, is adjacent the walled garden now housing Capel Manor College. Nearby there is a bowling green and a huge open field and pitches for football, cricket and rugby. To the south is the Potomac Lake with its woodland walks, bluebells in the spring and a hidden Gothic style boat house.
For more information on the transformation view the Visit Gunnersbury website.
The large mansion in Gunnersbury Park is an historic (Grade ll* listed) Regency house which once belonged to the Rothschild family. It still retains a suite of grand reception rooms designed by Sydney Smirke in 1835-6 and a servants’ wing containing the magnificent original Victorian kitchens.
Since 1929 the Large Mansion has also been the home to Gunnersbury Park Museum, the local history museum for the London boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow.
It is currently closed while restoration work is carried out and is expected to reopen in 2017.
Friends of Gunnersbury Park and Museum
The purpose of the Friends of Gunnersbury Park and Museum is to preserve and improve the park, with its varied landscape, its sports, leisure and recreational activities and its historic buildings, together with the Museum.
View the Friends of Gunnersbury Park page for more information. Friends of Gunnersbury Park
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General parks enquiries including grounds maintenance
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Park hire and events
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Museum education team
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Anti-social behaviour in the park please contact Brentford’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team
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