Visit London Blog » richmond park Enjoy the very best of London Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:26:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spotlight On: Richmond upon Thames Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:00:17 +0000 An iconic river view of Richmond upon Thames

One of London’s most attractive boroughs, picture-pretty Richmond upon Thames has for hundreds of years been a favourite retreat for royalty, the rich and famous. Sited 15 miles southwest of Central London, the borough can be reached in 15 minutes via a fast train from London Waterloo.

The River Thames runs through the heart of the borough for 21 miles linking Hampton Court Palace, Richmond town centre and Kew Gardens with central London. With beautiful Royal Parks and historic houses, theatres, museums and galleries rich with exhibits, and town centres bursting with shops and restaurants, there’s loads to do in this picturesque borough. Here, the borough’s tourist board Visit Richmond have suggested five of the area’s unmissable attractions:

Richmond Park deer

Richmond Park
With 2,500 acres of hills, woodlands, gardens and grassland, Richmond Park is London’s largest Royal Park. Home to herds of red and fallow deer, the gated park is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and Nature Reserve. Adventurers can enjoy a host of activities, such as horse riding and cycling. The park also houses the magnificent Isabella Plantation and the gardens at Pembroke Lodge.

Treetop walkway, Kew Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Delve into a rainforest, stroll a soaring walkway amidst the tree canopy and explore world-class gardens. Kew Gardens contains the finest plant collection in the world and offers a unique day out. There is also a fantastic year-round programme of festivals which includes workshops and family activities.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace
Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence is famous for its maze and plush State Rooms. New for 2014 is the royal Chocolate Kitchen, open to visitors for the first time in 300 years. The 18th century Chocolate Kitchen was once used by Thomas Tosier, personal chocolatier to King George I.

Ham House

Ham House and Gardens
Built in 1610, Ham House is a beautiful and atmospheric Stuart house beside the Thames that’s full of paintings, furniture and textiles that were acquired 400 years ago. Its 17th-century garden is a perfect picnic spot.

Richmond's riverside

River Thames
A total of 21 miles of the River Thames run through Richmond; it is also the only riparian borough to be both north and south of the River Thames. Richmond boasts one of the most beautiful stretches of the riverside in London, together with the historic Richmond Bridge, which is an English Heritage Grade 1 listed structure (as it is the oldest bridge that still spans the River Thames).

The river has a special magic in Richmond upon Thames, offering an opportunity to spend tranquil hours exploring its banks on foot or by bike, which can be hired from one of the boathouses near Richmond Bridge.

This blog post was provided by Visit Richmond, which offers information VisitRichmond_Logoof what there is to see, do, explore and experience in Richmond upon Thames. Follow Visit Richmond on Twitter @Visit_Richmond1

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London Photo of the Week: The Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park Sat, 07 May 2011 08:00:00 +0000

The Isabella Plantation is an enchanting ornamental woodland in Richmond Park.

Laura Nolte shared this beautiful photo of the flowers in blume with the Visit London Flickr group. Don’t forget to add your photos of London looking pretty to the group.

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New Route Announced for 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Race Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:03:51 +0000

London 2012 has announced a new route for the Olympic road cycling races.

The world’s leading cyclists will race through six London boroughs, passing attractions including:

The road cycling race is one of the first major events of London 2012.

Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said, “Following our success in Beijing, the road cycling events really will bring the magic of the Games to life for many thousands of spectators.”

The races are provisionally scheduled to take place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. The men’s race on Saturday will be 250km (156 miles) long and the women’s race on Sunday will be 140km (87 miles).

See a map of the new route here:

Read our previous blog entry on the Olympic Cycle Route

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London Photo of the Week: Forest Floor in Richmond Park Sat, 16 Oct 2010 08:00:15 +0000

Santos2046 took this stunning photo of a mushroom enjoying autumn in Richmond Park.

Don’t forget to enter the Only in London Flickr Photo competition by adding your London photos to the Visit London Flickr pool with the tag onlyinlondon2010 and you could win a prize!

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2012 Olympics London Cycling Route Announced Wed, 26 May 2010 15:14:31 +0000 The London 2012 Olympics road cycling route was confirmed late last week.

The Olympic road cycling route will start and end in Central London, crossing the river Thames and travelling through South West London and the Surrey Hills in between.

London landmarks along the new 138-kilometre route include:

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Photo of the Week: Deer in Richmond Park Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:28:48 +0000

This week’s photos features deer in Richmond Park, photographed by epic_steve.

Check out more of Steve Morgan’s stunning photos at

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