6 beautiful botanical spots to explore near Richmond - Our top recommendations for this summer...
Whether you are a passionate gardener or someone who enjoys a stroll around a National Trust property (or indeed both), you will be spoilt for choice when you stay at Richmond Hill Hotel.
Richmond's gorgeous green landscape is dotted with stunning gardens and parks where you can wander amongst colourful seasonal blooms, winding woodland trails, and an array of incredible wildlife. To help make the most of your day soaking it all up, you can also pre-order a picnic full of sweet and savoury treats to take with you and enjoy in the most beautiful spot you find. Discover more about our picnic selections here.
Find out our top local recommendations for gardening inspiration below:
Petersham nurseries - Less than 15 minutes walk from the hotel
Perhaps the most instagrammable of all of the recommendations (although to be honest it is hard to choose) – this is no ordinary garden centre. It feels like a secret garden packed with amazing plants from the more unusual varieties to beautiful quality David Austin Roses. That alongside enviable homeware and delicious food in their cafes makes for a destination that you can easily find yourself in all afternoon. Find out more here.
Richmond Park - 2 minute walk from the hotel
We are lucky enough to have Richmond Park – Europe’s largest urban one - on our doorstep and it is certainly one of the most beautiful parks in London, brimming with planting inspiration.
The Isabella Plantation in the park is definitely one not to miss. Forty acre woodland gardens, erupting with different shapes and colours. The stunning Azaleas and the large variety of plants are sure to take your breath away. Find out more here.
Hampton Court Palace Gardens - 20 minute drive from the hotel
Another destination for the green-fingered bucket list locally is Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens that include 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens and 750 acres of parkland.
There is something to see in every season, most notably the moment that the gardens come to life in spring with over one million flowering bulbs in the Wilderness Garden and the spectacular herbaceous border in the East Front Garden that can be enjoyed in the summer. As well as the extraordinary planting you can also visit the world’s oldest puzzle maze! Find out more here.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival - 20 minute drive from the hotel
For the ultimate day of gardening inspiration, why not visit us during the Festival (this year it's on from 6th – 11th July). It is the world’s largest annual flower show, stretching over 34 acres. It is a real celebration of gardening set in the historic grounds of Hampton Court Palace where visitors can enjoy live music whilst being blown away by the designs in the show gardens and exploring some of the displays across the site. Find out more here.
Kew Gardens - Less than 15 minutes drive, just over half an hour walk from the hotel
You could easily spend the whole day exploring the paradisal Kew Gardens, with the largest and most diverse collection of living plants, there is so much to discover. A peaceful escape from the bustling city, revel in the fresh air as you wander through 300 acres of beautiful green space.
200 metres long and 18 metres above ground, one of the must-do activities in Kew Gardens is the Treetop Walkway. Nestled amongst chestnut and oak trees, the walkway offers a unique, birds’ eye-view of the Royal Gardens.
Once your feet are firmly back on the ground, spend some time exploring the Victorian glasshouses and wander through the exotic Palm House. Make sure you bring your camera; you won’t want to forget the tropical Orchid collection! Find out more here.
Ham House Gardens - 10 minutes drive, just under half an hour walk from the hotel
Set on the bank of the Thames you can also visit Ham House which has been virtually untouched for 400 years. The garden is as much of a draw as the house itself. Much of the original gardens have been restored by the National Trust. They are inspired by its history with a focus on sustainability as well as the encouragement and preservation of wildlife. There is something for everyone here – from grand tree-lined avenues to the peace and tranquillity found in the wilderness area. Find out more here.
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