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Turner’s House

Extensively restored to reflect the house as the artist would have known it.

40 Sandycoombe Road, London, TW1 2LR

Turners House historic building in London

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Not free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Easily accessible without car
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

In 1807 J.M.W. Turner, England’s greatest landscape painter, bought himself a large plot of land between Twickenham and Richmond Bridge. He once declared that “if he could have his life again, he would have been an architect”, and in building Sandycombe Lodge he was able to indulge that wish.

The house, intended as a retreat from the  pressures of the London art world, was completed by 1813. Turner would walk to the Thames towpath, sketchbook in hand, and enjoy the river for more practical purposes – he was a keen fisherman and enjoyed the company of several friends and fellow anglers here.

The lodge also became home to his father, retired from the barber’s trade in Covent Garden. Old William took charge of household matters and enjoyed what his son called ‘farming’ – looking after the large garden. In 1826, eager to resume European travels that took up much of his time, Turner sold Sandycombe. This decision was probably strengthened by his father’ss failing health, and he was removed to Turner’s Marleybone house, though not without protest.

Opening Times

Wednesday 21st July to Sunday 5th September.

Entry Wednesday to Sunday at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3pm. Places are limited to 12 people per hour.

Wednesday 8th September to Sunday 31st October.

Entry Wednesday to Sunday at 12, free flow. 1, 2, 3 pm, guided tours. Places are limited to 12 per hour.

Turner’s House prefers pre-booked visits but walk-in visits are available. Please check with the house first.

Closed November to December.

Admission

Not free for Historic Houses members.

If you are a UK taxpayer, we would be grateful if you would make a 10% donation on admission prices, which will allow us to claim back 25% from the Government on the full payable amount. When booking, please click the Gift Aid box if eligible.

Adult £8.00 without gift aid, £8.80 with gift aid

Family (2 adults + 2 children) £17.00 without gift aid, £18.70 with gift aid (if the person paying is a tax payer).

Child (3-15 years old) £3.00.

This house is not part of the Free for Members scheme, but is one of many houses on our website that we support to promote their tours, weddings, filming and other commercial offerings. To see all the places you can visit as a Historic Houses member, please visit our ‘Free for Members’ listings page here. Or to find out more about how the membership scheme works and how it supports our work to protect independent heritage, visit our page here.

Group Visits

Guided tours:

Turner’s House is once again offering private guided tours of up to 12 people.

Please email info@turnershouse.org for further information.

Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Ramsgate c.1824 Joseph Mallord William Turner Photo ©Tate

Turner’s English Coasts Exhibition

An exhibition of J.M.W. Turner’s original maritime watercolours and prints is to open in his former home in Twickenham on Saturday May 22nd, 2021.

The fish of J.M.W. Turner

When J.M.W. Turner lived there he had a pool at the back of the house where he used to keep the fish alive and fresh that he had caught in the nearby Thames.

Portrait of JMW Turner at Turner's House, Twickenham

Anna Paterson Turner's House London

New Exhibition inspired by J.M.W. Turner launched in his former home

A series of surprises await visitors to Turner’s House from 4 August, as a display of specially commissioned paintings will be sprinkled around the house until the end of October.

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