Richmond-upon-Thames

A River Runs Through It

Make the most of your visit to London’s leafiest suburb, Richmond upon Thames.

With ten miles of the River Thames connecting Hampton Court Palace to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond is brimming with acres of Royal parkland, wildlife, historic houses, open spaces, theatres and abundant with open spaces for sporting adventures. It’s a great place to amble around or take one of the Bingham’s mini-fleet of Pashley bikes.

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Royal Parks

2500 acres of lush green woodland owned and controlled by Royal Parks.

Richmond Park Bushy Park

>> David Attenborough short film on Richmond Park Natural Nature Reserve 2017

Royal Botanical Gardens Kew

Kew is London's largest World Heritage site offering unique landscapes, vistas and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens' history
KEW GARDENS

Historic Houses and Palaces

Richmond is surrounded by historic houses and royal palaces. Our top three are:

Hampton Court Palace
14th century palace complex remodelled by Henry VIII in 1528. He enlarged and rebuilt his apartments, kitchens, the Royal Chapel, most of the Great Hall and added tennis courts. Henry also laid out the overall plan for the gardens at Hampton Court.

Ham House
National Trust, 17th century house and gardens on the river in Richmond upon Thames.

Strawberry Hill House
18th century Gothic Revival villa that was built by Horace Walpole (1717–1797) 

Messing about on the river

Pleasure boats are available for hire along the riverside near to Richmond Bridge. Passenger boats go to Hampton Court, Kew Gardens and Central London from April-October. Moorings are available along the river at Richmond, and private boat charter is available which reception can arrange. We can also arrange paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing.

Theatre & Cinema

The Orange Tree is a contemporary theatre, London’s only permanent theatre in the round, staging its own productions, and featuring new playwrights.  

Richmond Theatre a classic Victorian Theatre on Richmond Green, stages pre and post West End productions.

The Curzon Richmond Cinema shows the best in world and independent cinema.

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