One of the main attractions near Great West Road, Hounslow is Hounslow Heath Information Centre which is located on Staines Road, Hounslow. The earliest known information about the history of Hounslow Heath dates back to around 1227 when the area was being converted from forest into open heath land, as people started harvesting the wood for fuel and construction purposes. The area, which was flat and an open ground and was located near both Windsor Castle and the seat of Government at Westminster, was then considered to be an ideal place as a mustering and training ground for the military. One of the first to take advantage of the land was Cromwell who encamped his army of around 20,000 on the Heath, both after and during the Civil War. There are many hotels located around this venue.
The Treaty Centre on High Street, Hounslow is another major attraction near Great West Road, Hounslow. It is a shopping centre in a modern indoor mall that has many high-street shops and department stores along with a café and a fast-food joint.
The Osterley Park and House is a Georgian country estate in urban Hounslow in West London. It is surrounded by gardens, parks and farmland. The Osterley House looks just the same as it did in the 1780s. You can enter the house in the same way as the people of that era would have entered via the impressive stone steps leading up to the portico. The colourful formal gardens have been given back their 18th century grandeur of herbaceous borders, roses and ornamental vegetables beds. The summer house is full of lemon trees and highly scented shrubs.
The Kew Gardens is another attraction near Great West Road, Hounslow. You can explore the world’s most famous botanic garden, just 30 minutes from central London. You will be able to appreciate breathtaking landscapes and world-class attractions from iconic glasshouses full of rare and beautiful plants to historic buildings, botanical art galleries and the soaring treetop walkway. A speciality of these gardens is that they change with the seasons. In spring, there is a spectacular and breathtaking display of colours presented by over five million bulbs in bloom including crocuses, daffodils, and tulips.
The Musical Museum at Kew Bridge, near the Great West Road, Hounslow contains one of the world’s finest collections of self-playing instruments. The Museum shop stocks a wide range of toys and gifts with a musical theme. A good selection of second-hand piano rolls and sheet music is also available at reasonable prices. The Museum’s concert hall hosts a range of events including concerts, films and dances. It is available for hire.
The other attractions near Great West Road, Hounslow include Kew Palace, Syon Park, Boston Manor Park and the London Butterfly House. Besides these attractions, the area is home to many different types of hotels ranging from the expensive ones to the budget type hotels to suit all categories of visitors.