Ealing in England
The Borough of Ealing
Ealing is actually the principal town in the London Borough of Ealing, one of the main metropolitan centers in the London Plan. This place is also known as 'the Queen of the Suburbs'. Some of the main attractions that one can find in Ealing are the Boston Manor House, Musical Museum, the Kew Bridge Steam Museum and many such attractions. Some of the major towns in Ealing are Kew Bridge, Kew Green and Greenford.
Boston Manor House
The Manor House is a Jacobean manor house which was built in the year 1623. It is located in parkland and contains a beautiful lake along with ancient cedar trees. This house was purchased in 1670 by Clitherow family who stayed in the house till it became a local council property in 1924. Presently, this magnificent 17th century house can be visited and enjoyed by general public for free. There are the state rooms on the first floor and dining room and library on the ground floor.
One can find some excellent decorated plaster walls of the past era and there are more than 80 painting collections on the wall. This includes historical views of Chiswick, Isleworth and Brentford. Some parts of the house can be rented for functions and wedding receptions too. The opening timings, admission charges and directions to visit the house are also specified on the site, wherein the information is provided.
One can experience some fascinating world of automatic musical instruments during his visit to the musical museum. There are non-stop demonstrations wherein the instruments are properly explained and played. One can get to hear the sounds from the past like the sweet tone musical box, the concert pianist subtle sounds, the grandeur of pipe organ and many more. Whether such instruments were manufactured for the exclusive wealthy homes or for more humble dwellings, their entire background is described to the person who can see and hear them play automatically. Thus, it takes around 90 minutes of journey in such museum.
Kew Bridge museum
The Kew Bridge museum has a wonderful collection of water pumping machines.
A lot of engines are on view and "steamed-up" each weekend including the Grand Junction 90 which has pumped water to west London for a century. This is the largest working beam engine in the world and houses a magnificent 19th century pumping station. There are over five original Cornish Engines with unique range of modern diesel and steam pumping machinery.
Osterley Park is a spectacular 18th century house. The interior of the Osterley Park house is one of the Britain's most complete illustrations of Robert Adam's work. There is also the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew which offers its visitors lots of interesting sights. There are displays of welcome spring flowers, tints of autumn and colorful summer columns in the arboretum.
One can also visit the natural history museum along with the science museum wherein there are some great wonders of the ancient, industrial and technological age exhibits.