Richmond-upon-Thames residents are among the happiest in the UK according to a survey conducted by Rightmove. When you look at what the area has to offer, it’s not hard to see why.
Despite being in Surrey, Richmond is right on London’s door step (zone 4 on the underground) and has much to see and do! You don’t have to travel far to have all of your senses stimulated with everything Richmond has to offer. With its abundant green spaces, picturesque river views, good restaurants and fabulous pubs and shops you can spend days exploring!
Originally a royal retreat, the area has been known as a ‘Utopia’ for hundreds of years, with Kings and famous figures such as David Attenborough, Jerry Hall, Richard E Grant, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger all choosing to live there.
If you are making the most of the nice weather and planning a stay-cation, then here are just a few reasons to visit Richmond this summer:
1) Picnic in Richmond Park
It is home to the beautiful Isabella Plantation, Pembroke Lodge and herds of Red and Fallow deer. The second-largest park in London (it boasts over 2,500 acres of greenery), Richmond Park is one of the biggest assets to the area, a key element of Richmond living and it’s a Royal Park. It has wonderful walks, a protected vista of the city at King Henry’s Mound, a secured plantation spot, cycle routes, wild deer roaming freely and even a ballet school. A perfect place for a family picnic or just take a walk and you’ll quickly forget that you’re just eight miles from central London!
2) Boat trip to Hampton Court Palace
Explore one of London’s most attractive boroughs with a relaxing boat trip to Hampton Court Palace, via Teddington Lock and Kingston. Follow the route of monarchs and courtiers along the Thames to uncover 500 years of history at spectacular Hampton Court Palace This stunning palace was built by Cardinal Wolsey and along with being a fascinating historical site, it’s also a great example of Tudor architecture. It was passed on to Henry VIII after Wolsey’s execution and was a favourite palace of the royals for hundreds of years.
Visit the living palace Kitchen, see Henry the VIII bedroom chamber, his Armoury and get lost in the trapezoid maze – it’s even said to be haunted by Henry’s fifth wife, Katherine Howard!
3) Tree Top Walk in Kew Gardens
Kew is London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens' history. With over 30,000 different living species of plant, botanically themed glass greenhouses, treetop walkways and a sunny restaurant in the Orangery, it’s not hard to understand why Kew Gardens is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK. Open seven days a week Kew offers something for everyone!
You will need a whole day to enjoy everything Kew has to offer. Great for all the family from granny to the very young, prepare to be amazed!
4) Cycling Tour of Richmond & the Local Area
See many of the wider Richmond area’s top attractions at handle bar level on this fascinating and easy-paced day out. Experience the rustic charm of open parklands, picturesque riverside and even part of the London Olympics 2012 cycling route. Cycle past Richmond’s elegant homes, Ham House, Hampton Court Palace, Strawberry Hill House, Marble Hill House as well as Kingston and Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, all linked by royal deer parks and the magnificent Thames riverside. Stop off in the heart of Richmond town for a stroll through the lanes with its many independent shops and stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants and café’s. Bikes, helmets and locks can be hired locally.
5) Visit Twickenham Rugby
Visit the museum dedicated to Rugby on the site of Twickenham Rugby Ground. For rugby fans the impressive 82,000 capacity, Twickenham Stadium needs no explanation – it’s the second largest sporting stadium in the UK, and the home of the Rugby Union. Both domestic and international matches are held here, including the London leg of the Rugby Sevens tournament. Due to the sheer size of the place, it’s occasionally used as a music venue too – artists such as, Rihanna and the Rolling Stones have played here.
You can book a fascinating guided tour of Twickenham Stadium where you'll take a seat in the England dressing room, run out of the player's tunnel, take in the view pitch side, and visit the Royal Box and VIP areas
The World Rugby Museum includes the Calcutta Cup and other glittering trophies, video footage of memorable moments, the oldest international rugby jersey, plus interactive zones and much more.
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