In 1637 the King Charles I built a wall of 13 km in length to make Richmond Park into hunting grounds. Nowadays this royal park is a national nature reserve, and deer still graze among the chestnut trees, birches and oaks. They are no longer hunted and learned to live among the thousands of visitors who stroll in the park on weekends.
In late spring, the main attraction is the Isabella Plantation, with a spectacular show of azaleas. The Pen Ponds are highly sought after by those who fish with rod and Adam’s Pond is home to small model boats. The rest of the park consists of heaths, ferns and trees (some of them centuries old). Richmond Gate at the western end, was designed by landscape architect Capability Brown in 1798. It became the residence of the Duke of Lauderdale, confidant of Charles II and Secretary of State for Scotland. His wife, the Countess of Dysart, inherited the father’s house. As from 1672, the Duke and Countess modernized the house and the park, which is now considered one of the most beautiful in Britain. The memoirist John Evelyn was an admirer of the garden, restored in the manner in which it stood in the 17th century. In some days during summer, a ferry for pedestrians goes from there to Marble Hill House and Orleans House in Twickenham.
Summer – 7.00AM till dusk
Winter – 7.30AM till dusk
Richmond Park – Surrey
London TW10 5HS
Closest attractions: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, Hampton Court and Kew Gardens.
Getting there:Richmond tube and rail station. Buses 190, 391, 419 and R68. Buses 33, 337 and 485 from the north side. Buses 85, 265 and K3 from the south side. Buses 72 and 493 from the east side. Buses 65 and 371 from the west side.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8948 3209
Facilities and Additional Information
- Disabled toilet facilities;
- Guide dogs allowed;
- Cafés and restaurants.