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Richmond Park, London, England

Updated on December 16, 2014

Richmond Park in Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey (London)

Richmond Park in Richmond, West London, UK is an area of natural beauty and wildlife despite its proximity to central London (just 12 miles away) St Paul's Cathedral and The City are visible from a hill in the park and yet hundreds of red and fallow deer roam free and thousands of escaped parakeets breed in the abundant trees.

Like Kew Botanical Gardens, just 2 miles away Richmond Park has a wonderful variety of plant and animal life, but it is free to enter and park here.

London is one of the greenest capital cities in the world and this part of west London has almost continuous expanses of park-land and greens: Marble Hill Park in Twickenham is visible across the river Thames from Richmond is a popular venue for "picnic" concerts, very close to the world-famous Twickenham rugby staium; Bushy Park, near Kingston and Wimbledon Common are two more large, free parks. Wimbledon is the home of British Lawn Tennis.

Richmond Park is also the venue for various cycling events and the torch relay during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Richmond Park, Surrey, West London

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The Park

Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London, covering 2,500 acres and maintains a very natural habitat with hills, ponds and trees. Almost 1000 deer roam free and many species of animal live here, including the two varieties of deer: Red and Fallow.

The area was origninaly called Sheen and East Sheen still retains that name, but Richmond changed its name during the reign of Henry VII. The court of Charles I came to Richmond Palace to escape the plague in London in 1625. The park was walled to keep the deer inside and was used for Royal hunting trips. The royal connections go back to 1272.

Isabella Plantation is a beautiful large woodland garden created after World War II, fenced off from the deer, but open to people. There is a "protected view" from Henry's Mound, near Pembroke Lodge, via a telescope, through a hedge, all the way to St Paul Cathedral in central London 12 miles away.

Facilities for disabled guests are provided and opening hours are from 07h00 in Summer and 07h30 in Winter with closure at dusk.

There are several car-parks around the park, near the main entrances, and roads run through the park between them, but there are also cycle-paths, footpaths and bridle-ways for horses. There is a cafe near the Roehampton Gate and Pembroke Lodge (formerly the residence of the Prime Minister in the 19th Century) near the main Richmond Hill Gate.

Richmond Park,

Holly Lodge

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Richmond Train Station 2 miles away

Deer in The Park

Deer in The Park
Deer in The Park



Wildlife in the Park

Busy London

Busy London
Busy London

Rare Birds in the Park

Fallow and Red Deer

Fallow and Red Deer
Fallow and Red Deer

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill

The main entrance to the park is on Richmond Hill

Marble Hill Park, Twickenham

Marble Hill Park, Twickenham
Marble Hill Park, Twickenham

Horse Riding in Richmond Park

Souvenirs from Richmond Park, Richmond Hill and Surroundings

Richmond Terrace Gardens - On Richmond Hill, near the main entrance to the park.

The Terrace Gardens are a beautiful place to visit if you are in Richmond. They sit between the River Thames and the famous Richmond Hill Terrace near the main entrance to Richmond Park at the top of the hill. There are many park benches and lawns on which to have picnics or for children to run around. At the bottom of the hill there is a glass house similar to the ones in Kew Gardens, except far smaller.

There are beautiful trees and plants with ornate flower-beds all maintained by the local council, so there is no entry fee. About half way down the gardens there is a small cafe with a pleasant terrace on which you can sit and watch the river and the gardens. There are statues and a fountain and at the bottom near the river a Victorian underpass running under the road to the tow-path and the river.

There is very little parking near the gardens, apart from in Richmond Park and a few spaces at the top of the hill. Parking is also available in the centre of Richmond and the railway and tube stations are about half a mile away. The gardens are tranquil, but not as impressive as Kew Gardens, nor as important a landmark as Richmond Park, but they are free and make a good place to relax for a while or a good route from the hill to the river.

January 2009

January 2009
January 2009

Kew Botanical Gardens (Richmond)

Kew Botanical Gardens (Richmond)
Kew Botanical Gardens (Richmond)

Olympic Games in Richmond Park: London 2012

London 2012 Olympics Torch Relay and Cycling Road Races

Richmond Park also features in the London 2012 Olympic Games:

24th July 2012: The Olympic Torch Relay travels from Kingston to Ham, then passes through Richmond Park and Richmond Hill

27th July 2012: The Olympic Torch Relay travels along the River Thames past Richmond

28th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Men's road race

29th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Women's road race

31th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Cycle time trial route rehersal

1st August 2012: The Olympic Games - Men's cycle time-trial

29th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Women's cycle time-trial

Postcards and Souvenirs from Richmond Upon Thames, London England

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    • Surreymagic profile image

      Surreymagic 3 years ago

      What a lovely and comprehensive lens! I have many fond memories of visiting Richmond park with my father and my grandfather, seeing the deer and exploring a large tree with a big hollow in the middle. Richmond park is a real gem in London.

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      Spook LM 5 years ago

      Looks beautiful and enjoy the torch ceremony and of course the games. Wish I could be there.

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      What a lovely lens! I live in Streatham now and I so miss Richmond Park (I have lived a few hundred yards from both Richmond and Robin Hood Gates in the past). I hope to move back that way eventually, although, I don't miss the aeroplanes!

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      jamesjonesy 5 years ago

      Great park - Richmond was where we used to visit as a special treat when we were kids. We used to live in Kingston, I've got loads of great memories of the whole area. Cue gardens were always good too :)

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      I remember this place fondly

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      @danmont lm: Yes. There are lots of great pubs and bars here. I like sitting by the river and watching the sun go down.

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      BobBlackUK 6 years ago

      Some years ago when I lived in Surrey I went to Richmond Park frequently. I've driven, walked, cycled and played golf in the park and seen some interesting wildlife, including the time I saw a massive stag deer galloping straight towards me. Fortunately something more attractive caught his eye before he reached me!

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      danmont lm 6 years ago

      I worked 15 minutes from Richmond and we normally go for drinks in Richmond after work... it is a beautiful place.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I used to go to Richmond Park white a lot when I lived in Morden, it's a great place to take the kids, and then you get to see the deer as well. My dog loved to go swimming in one of the lakes. Blessed by a passing angel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've never been to Richmond Park, but it looks like a wonderful place to be! I can't travel as my husband is disabled and does not go out much. We live near Brighton on the South East Coast, not that far from London really! I've enjoyed this Lens, thank you for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      connecting my fiction novels about london england with your lens, blessing by squid angel :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      In England I have only been to Durham and in London I have only been to both airports going elsewhere. When I make it to London you will be my guide!

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      London_apartments 7 years ago

      Hi Andy

      This is an excellent lenses. Just what I needed to help for my next blog topic


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is so beautiful. I cannot wait to go and visit the country this summer. I just booked my car on Awesome lens. I am going to london in Summer and I just went to Compare car hire site and the last thing left to do is find a flight!

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      RV1 8 years ago

      Very nice looking park. My parents are in London right now.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago


      Thanks for Sharing


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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Andy! Are you in the traveling squid project? I sure would love to see this park in your photo with the traveling squid. ;)

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great photos Andy, 5*****. I love Richmond Park, used to take my son there, I lived in Morden only a few miles away. It's great for walks and cycling, great to take the kids for a run around too. I definitely recommend a visit if you are in the London area, also Kew Gardens and Hampton Court / Bushey Park. Kew is the place to go if you are researching your family history as many records are kept there, so it's a perfect way to combine research with sightseeing.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Excellent lens. Great pictures. Richmond Park looks beautiful.

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      Loved the picture of the rare birds and would enjoy a horse ride through the park. Sounds like fun.