Kew & BrentfordWalking Tour
Highlights: Cross the Thames from elegant Kew to post-industrial Brentford on a guided walking tour of variety and contrast, extraordinary history and sublime scenery. Criss-cross rivers, locks, canals and creeks. Discover where Julius Caesar probably forded the Thames in 54 BC and where a pitched battle was fought during the English Civil War.
Our walk starts at Kew, the retreat of Hanoverian royalty and the world famous botanic gardens. From Queen Anne’s ‘little church’ on Kew Green, we pass imposing Georgian houses and cross Kew Bridge to uncover the unique character of Brentford, a town with a gritty industrial past, now experiencing rapid regeneration and gentrification. We walk past wharfs, docks, locks and historic boatyards and see where the Grand Union Canal enters the Thames.
We make our way to Syon Park, the last great private stately home and park in London, landscaped by Capability Brown, and associated with the confinement of Queen Catherine Howard, the corpse of King Henry VIII and tragedy of the ‘Nine Days Queen’ Lady Jane Grey.
We reach Old Isleworth, with its fine terrace of period houses, pausing for refreshments at the historic London Apprentice pub while admiring the tranquil river view. Continuing past willow-lined islands with working waterfronts, we follow the towpath to Richmond Lock where we re-cross the Thames, then on to visit the Richmond old palace site. We finish at Richmond Riverside, with its cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Dates: Saturday 23 June, Sat 11 August, Sat 22 September, Sat 13 October
Time: Depart 11:00 Kew Green (meet St Anne’s Church). Finish 14:30 – 15:00 Richmond Riverside.
Cost: Adult £15; Senior/Student ID £13; Under 16 £10. Pre-booking required
Booking: Please book online or reserve your place in advance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0203 397 2797. (If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message with your number and we will call you back to confirm).
Check-in: check-in 10.55 by the entrance to St Anne’s Church TW9 3AA on Kew Green for 11:00 departure.
There are trains to Kew Bridge station from London Waterloo, and London Underground to Kew Gardens (District Line). Bus routes 65 & 391. Paid parking is available at Kew Gardens.
What to bring: Walking shoes are recommended. You may wish to bring a light rucksack to carry drinking water and clothing according to the weather forecast.
Additional information: This walk is dog-friendly.