Richmond London has many fascinating places to visit. It’s steeped in history and heritage, green spaces and wildlife. Leisure pursuits include walking, cycling, boating, horse riding, visiting galleries and museums, shopping or just watching the world go by.


Hampton Court Palace, RichmondHampton Court Palace

This spectacular palace beside the Thames was a favourite royal residence for two centuries and the home of Henry VIII and five of his six wives. You can see works of art, the state apartments, chapel royal, great hall, Tudor kitchens, beautiful gardens and the famous maze.


Deer in Bushy ParkRoyal Deer Parks

Richmond Park and Bushy Park are the capital’s two largest parks.  Experience the peace and tranquillity of ancient parkland with veteran English oaks, secluded ponds and a rich diversity of wildlife including free-roaming herds of red and fallow deer.


Water lilies in Kew GardenKew Gardens

The world’s first and greatest botanical gardens are today recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The amazing array of exotic plants is complemented by buildings of historic importance, including large Victorian glasshouses and Kew Palace, once the family home of King George III.


View from Richmond HillRichmond Hill

The iconic view of the Thames Valley from the top of Richmond Hill has inspired painters and poets for centuries.  It was the first view in Britain to be protected by an Act of Parliament.

 


Ham House complete viewHam House

A fine Stuart riverside mansion dating back to 1610 which has survived virtually unaltered to this day. Retains a mysterious aura and is reputedly haunted by ghosts of its past residents.


 Strawberry Hill HouseStrawberry Hill House

Visiting Horace Walpole’s exquisite and eccentric ‘Little Gothic Castle’ is a truly theatrical experience. This quirky villa inspired the world’s first gothic horror story.  Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture.


Richmond riversideRichmond Riverside

One of the most popular places along the river and always busy on sunny weekends. The waterfront adjoins Richmond Bridge, the oldest bridge to span the Thames in London.


Twickenham StadiumTwickenham Rugby

The legendary home of English rugby union. Tour the stadium and see the large collection of rugby memorabilia in the world rugby museum, the ultimate experience for any rugby fan.


Marble Hill House TwickenhamMarble Hill House

A classic Palladian villa set in riverside parkland and built for Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk and mistress to George II when Prince of Wales.

 


Richmond PalaceRemains of Richmond Palace

Built by Henry VII on the site of medieval palaces, you can still see the gatehouse and wardrobe buildings of Elizabeth I’s favourite winter home. The nearby Green was home to jousting tournaments during the reign of Henry VIII.


Kew Palace complete viewKew Palace

Glimpse inside the intimate retreat of King George III and his family when you visit Kew Gardens.


Turner's house TwickenhamTurner’s House

Britain’s greatest landscape painter J.M.W. Turner designed this modest villa as a rural retreat for himself and his father in Twickenham. Recently returned to its original appearance in a major restoration programme.


Museum of RichmondMuseum of Richmond

The museum celebrates the rich heritage of the Richmond area from medieval times to the present day. There are fascinating exhibitions and a programme of talks, films and events.


Orleans House GalleryOrleans House Gallery

The principal art gallery for Richmond upon Thames.  Built in 1710 and renamed after Louis Philippe, Duc d’Orleans who lived here before becoming King of France.  Partially demolished but retains its baroque Octagon room. Also visit nearby York House and its riverside gardens.


Twickenham MuseumTwickenham Museum

The history centre for Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington & the Hamptons, open Tues & week ends.


Twickenham river viewTwickenham Waterfront

Twickenham’s classic Thames waterfront is a mix of wharves, boatyards and historic buildings facing Eel Pie Island, the home of rhythm & blues.


Poppy Factory RichmondThe Poppy Factory

See where the familiar red Remembrance poppies, crosses and wreathes are made by ex-Services personnel, including wreathes laid by the Royal Family at the Cenotaph.


White Lodge RichmondWhite Lodge

Home of the Royal Ballet Lower School in a Grade 1 listed Palladian building and former Georgian hunting Lodge in Richmond Park. You can visit the White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Centre.

 


London Wetland CentreLondon Wetland Centre

Get up close to otters, ducks and birds from around the world at this beautiful nature reserve with lakes and meadows at Barnes.


The National ArchivesThe National Archives

The official UK government archive, from the Domesday Book to modern government papers. Search online records or visit Kew to see the originals.


Kneller HallKneller Hall

Home of the Headquarters Corps of Army Music and the Royal Military School of Music.  The museum houses instruments and memorabilia connected to military music.


Petersham MeadowsPetersham Meadows

Pastoral water meadows with cattle grazing on lush grass. See how London’s riverside once looked.


Garrick’s Temple, HamptonGarrick’s Temple, Hampton

Actor, dramatist and theatre manager David Garrick was one of England’s greatest actors. On Sunday’s you can visit his 18th century riverside temple dedicated to the genius of Shakespeare, and see a statue of the bard inside.