A few weeks ago we found ourselves with a free afternoon in west London. Pitzhangar Manor had been on our list for a while and we decided to go and explore Walpole Park in Ealing.
Exploring Walpole Park with kids
Walpole Park is in the London Borough of Ealing. It’s located at the edge of Ealing Broadway behind Pitzhanger Manor House. We were lucky to get a parking space outside and walk through the impressive gates at the front of Pitzhanger Manor House. The House was once the early 19th-century country home of Sir John Soane, and is now a museum and art gallery. Sir John Soane was an English architect, famous for designing the Bank of England, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Soane Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields and the dining room of No. 1o Downing Street.
As the weather was amazing we wanted to take the dog for a walk and explore Walpole Park. The Park is Grade II listed as it has several important features, notably Pitzhangar Manor, the Lodge and the ornamental Serpentine Lake. We walked around the front of Pitzhangar Manor around the side to gain access to Walpole Park.
There are 28 acres to explore and many paths to choose from. There was plenty to keep us all busy and we found a few geocaches to look for, as well as a lovely cafe where we stopped for tea and cake.
The parkland was beautiful and although it was busy there was plenty of space for everyone. We loved the wisteria in full bloom.
There was a small children’s play area but the children were happy to run around and explore. It would make such a great spot for a picnic!
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