For 350 years Coombe Conduit formed part of a system which collected water from nearby springs and channelled it to Hampton Court Palace. One of three such conduits that supplied the palace, the remaining structure represents an intriguing survival of the ingenious Tudor waterworks system.
In its atmospheric interior, visitors can see crystal-clear water still flowing into lead-lined cisterns in two brick-walled chambers, which are connected by an 80ft underground passage. The imposing entry to the Conduit is a chapel-like building in stone and brick, topped with crow-stepped gables.
Coombe Conduit is open 2-4pm, every second Sunday, from April until September. Also opens for Heritage Open Days weekend.The entrance to the conduit is in Coombe Lane West and is close to the west of the corner with Lord Chancellor Walk. For more information, visit english-heritage.org.uk