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Richmond Park, London, England
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
Map of Richmond Park, London, England - Where is Richmond 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 Train Station 2 miles away
Deer in The Park
Wildlife in the Park
Rare Birds in the Park
Fallow and Red Deer
The main entrance to the park is on Richmond Hill
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.
Kew Botanical Gardens (Richmond)
Olympic Games in Richmond Park: London 2012
London 2012 Olympics Torch Relay and Cycling Road Races
24th July 2012: The Olympic Torch Relay travels from Kingston to Ham, then passes through Richmond Park and Richmond Hill27th July 2012: The Olympic Torch Relay travels along the River Thames past Richmond28th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Men's road race29th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Women's road race31th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Cycle time trial route rehersal1st August 2012: The Olympic Games - Men's cycle time-trial29th July 2012: The Olympic Games - Women's cycle time-trial
Richmond Park also features in the London 2012 Olympic Games: