Espoon Kartano is a historic mansion house that was built in the 1700s by the King of Sweden to be a grand holiday home for the royal family and to house the governors and courtiers sent by the monarch to manage his affairs in Espoo, which at that time was part of the kingdom of Sweden.
The name Espoo is thought to mean the river bordered by aspen, and it is perhaps the scenery that so inspired the king to build the Espoon Kartano mansion as it certainly overlooks an area of great natural beauty and has many fine gardens for visitors to discover.
Today the Espoon Kartano is a under private ownership and is available to rent for private celebrations. It is recommended that visitor's contact the owners if they wish to tour the property though Espoon Kartano can also be much admired from outside, simply passing by, as it is a beautiful building with ornate gardens.
Visiting other historical Espoo attractions
The Espoon Kartano is one of the most historic attractions in Espoo, however, the Espoon Vahna Kirkko is much older as it dates back to the 1400s, making it the area's oldest building and one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe. The cathedral is easily reached from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Espoo as this hotel in Espoo is less than a 20 minute drive away.