Roam free in Richmond Park, London’s largest royal park and a haven for wildlife. This Site of Special Scientific Interest is home to a remarkable range of flora and fauna, including a herd of 650 deer – and all within a short distance of central London.
What is there to see in Richmond Park?
No trip to Richmond Park is complete without attempting to catch a glimpse of the park’s herd of 650 deer. However, please be aware that you need to give the animals adequate space and keep dogs on leads, especially during rutting and birthing seasons.
Also make time to fully explore the bucolic Isabella Plantation, a 40-acre woodland garden crammed with an amazing variety of Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias. Take a seat alongside the lake or practice your photography skills capturing those vibrant blooms.
If you’re feeling active, make use of the park’s facilities for golfing, horse riding, off-road cycling and power kiting.
Or, go in another direction and treat yourself to afternoon tea at the Pembroke Lodge. After eating, head up King Henry’s Mound in Pembroke Lodge Gardens. This prehistoric burial chamber now provides panoramic views of London including – if you’re lucky – a little peak of St Paul’s Cathedral through a special gap in the hedge.
How long does it take to go around Richmond Park?
Richmond Park is London’s largest royal park, covering 2,500 acres. It would be quite possible to spend an entire day exploring! However, schedule in a long morning – or afternoon – and enjoy an extensive exploration of your chosen part of the park, plus time to enjoy a meal at one of Richmond Park’s cafes.
One popular idea is to hire a bike from the Parkcycle centre near Roehampton Gate during the summer months and explore the expansive park on bike.
Can I eat and drink in Richmond Park?
There are a number of cafes and kiosks located across Richmond Park. Indulge in a delightful afternoon tea in the Georgian Tea Rooms of Pembroke Lodge. Or, enjoy artisan coffee, light lunches, deli foods and ice creams at the Roehampton Café.
You’re also welcome to bring your own food and drink for a picnic – but please remember to take all litter and leftovers so as not to harm the park’s wildlife.
Is it free to visit Richmond Park?
It is free to visit Richmond Park. Sporting facilities, including use of the golf courses, hiring bikes and horse riding are not free and may require booking in advance.
Where is Richmond Park?
Richmond Park is in southwest London. Roughly speaking, it is bordered by Richmond to the north, Roehampton to the east, Kingston upon Thames to the south and Twickenham to the west.
How do I get to Richmond Park?
The closest Tube station to Richmond Park is Richmond (District line), which is just over 30 minutes’ walk from King Henry’s Mound.
The closest train station to Richmond Park is also Richmond, which is just over 30 minutes’ walk from King Henry’s Mound.
There are many bus routes running close to the park (including from the direction of Richmond station).
Parking and disabled parking facilities are available in Richmond Park, but may be limited at busy times.
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