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.
The house is viewable by pre-booked tickets and on the door but is not free to Historic Houses members. Please visit their website to book a ticket:
Miniature Lands of Myth & Memory
J.M.W. Turner’s designs for Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works & Life of Napoleon Buonaparte
From Friday 1st February 2019
Free with paid entry to the house.
Turner's House is located around a 4 minute walk from St Margarets Station. The nearest car parking is at near by Marble Hill House (then a four minute walk) Buses are regular from Richmond and Twickenham which drop off on Richmond Road.
We advise using journey planners to source the best route on your day of travel via public transport, to allow for any unforeseeable transport changes. However, please see our brief guidance below;
As this is a residential area, we advise avoiding travel by car where possible. There is no parking on Sandycoombe Road. Please note that coaches and buses are not allowed to wait or drop off visitors on Sandycoombe Road.
Mainline & Overground/Underground (District Line) trains all run to Richmond station. The nearest station is St Margarets , which is a short walk away.
From Richmond station, the H37 stops at Sandycoombe Road. Frequent services also run on the 490/H22/R70/R68 where you should alight at Marble Hill Park/Crown Rd stop, it is then a 3 min walk.
From Richmond, it is just over a mile to walk; take the tow path which leads you into Marble Hill Park.
No known cycle route. However, the location of Turner's House is fully accessible by cycle and there are two cycle loops to secure cycles.
PLEASE NOTE: We have one parking space for disabled badge holders only, which must be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Offers bike storage
As this is a residential area, we advise avoiding travel by car where possible. There is no parking on Sandycoombe Road. Please note that coaches and buses are not allowed to wait or drop off visitors on Sandycoombe Road. We advise car owners to park in the car park at nearby Marble Hill Park.
Not free to Historic Houses members
Adult: £7.00 self-guided tour at 12am
Adult: £8.00 guided tours at 1, 2 and 3pm
Family (2 adults + 2 children): £17.00
- Accessible toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
A word from the owner
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.
The interiors of Turner's House feature several mezzotint engravings from the 'Liber Studiorum', a series of paper works after J.M.W. Turner’s own designs. They were published in installments between 1807-1819 during the time that J.M.W. Turner owned Sandycombe Lodge. The series forms a visual catalogue of J.M.W.Turner's approach to landscape during this period. The engravings were organised for the 'Liber Studiorum' into six categories: marine, mountainous, architectural, historical, pastoral and epic pastoral. The series demonstrates the variety and versatility of Turner's landscape art and its capacity to take on historical or epic dimensions.
For any events associated with the garden, please visit the Turner's House website at www.turnershouse.org.
To find out about educational visits please email the following address