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RichmondUnited Kingdom

Known for its gardens, theaters and galleries, this lush suburban town has been a popular royal retreat for centuries.

Richmond is one of London’s loveliest boroughs and is home to historic houses, compelling museums and unique shops. Wander down its cobbled streets, sip a pint while watching the sun set or take a relaxing cruise down the River Thames.

Be sure to visit Kew Gardens, a beautiful public park that has earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its extensive botanical collection. Take a look at the impressive 10-story pagoda and walk along the 59-foot (18-meter) high Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway. Admire the unique architecture of Palm House, which houses examples of most known palm species.

On the grounds of Kew Gardens, you’ll also find Kew Palace. This pretty red-brick residence is the smallest royal residence in the country. Take a look inside recreated Georgian rooms and discover the palace’s dark history as a retreat for the “mad” King George III.

Explore the beautiful neoclassical rooms of Syon House, which sits across the Thames from the Royal Botanic Gardens. The house has been the site of numerous noteworthy historical events over the years. It was where Henry VII's fifth wife Catherine Howard awaited her execution and where Lady Jane Grey ascended the throne in 1553. Admire the silk walls and Roman statues of the Red Drawing Room, as well as the pastel pinks and purples that color the ladies’ gallery.

Take the kids to Syon Park, which spreads across 200 acres (80 hectares) around the house. Designed by lauded landscape architect Capability Brown, the park includes a trout fishery, an adventure playground and other kid-friendly attractions. Check out the Great Conservatory, an impressive iron-and-glass dome constructed in 1820.

Go wildlife watching in Richmond Park, where more than 600 red and fallow deer roam freely within its 2,360 acres (955 hectares). The park encompasses Pembroke Lodge, which was once the childhood home of philosopher Bertrand Russell and has since been converted into a café. Don’t miss the views of St. Paul’s Cathedral from the park’s highest point, King Henry's Mound.

Travel by tube or train to Richmond. From April to October, the borough is also serviced by a river bus.

Where to stay in Richmond

Richmond Bridge featuring a sunset, a bridge and a river or creek

Richmond-upon-Thames

4.5/5Wonderful!(325 area reviews)

Known for its colourful gardens and stunning river views, there's plenty to explore in Richmond-upon-Thames. Top attractions like Twickenham Stadium and Hampton Court Palace are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Richmond Underground Station or Kew Gardens Underground Station to see more of the city.

Richmond-upon-Thames
Kew

Kew

The lively bars and colourful gardens are just a few top-rate features of the neighbourhood. Make a stop by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew or Marianne North Gallery while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Kew Gardens Underground Station to get around town.

Kew
Mortlake, England, United Kingdom

Mortlake

If you're looking for things to see and do in Mortlake, ample dining options and picturesque gardens are highlights. You might also check out Richmond Park while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Kew Gardens Underground Station to get around town.

Mortlake
East Sheen, England, United Kingdom

East Sheen

While visiting East Sheen, you might make a stop by sights like Richmond Park and White Lodge Museum.

East Sheen
North Richmond, England, United Kingdom

North Richmond

While North Richmond isn't home to many top sights, Twickenham Stadium and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are some notable places to visit nearby.

North Richmond
Richmond-upon-Thames featuring a garden

Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside

If you're spending some time in Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside, Richmond Park and Ham House are top sights worth seeing.

Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside

Top hotels in Richmond

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Richmond Hill Hotel
Richmond Hill Hotel
4 out of 5
144-150 Richmond Hill, Richmond, England

Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Richmond Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Twickenham Stadium. Hampton Court Palace ...

4/5Very Good! (940 reviews)

"We were very impressed by staff friendliness. Check in was very welcoming and efficient. The hotel rooms have all the usual facilities and are clean and comfortable. The bar and restaurant are excellent. The layout is a bit of a warren and finding your way round is not always easy. Having arrived ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Richmond Hill Hotel
Richmond Park
Richmond Park
2 out of 5
3 Petersham Road, Richmond, England

Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Richmond Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Twickenham Stadium. Hampton Court Palace and Westfield ...

3.8/5Good! (30 reviews)

"Rooms a bit tired but clean overall . Staff very helpful and breakfast was very good . Location was very good , a bit noisy at night but not a problem ."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019

Richmond Park
Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa
Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
152-158 Richmond Hill, Richmond, England

Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Richmond Park and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Twickenham Stadium. Hampton Court Palace and Westfield ...

3.8/5Good! (404 reviews)
Amazing stay!

"Beautiful place to stay at a great location with value for money."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa

Popular places to visit in Richmond

Richmond Park
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Richmond Park

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Spot the deer and other wildlife roaming the largest of London’s Royal Parks and stop for traditional tea in the historic lodge.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

4.5/5(23 reviews)

This spectacular UNESCO site is a gorgeous public park and an important center of botanical research. 

Ham House
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Ham House

You can browse the exhibits at Ham House, a museum with a storied past, during your travels to Richmond. Stroll along the riverfront or attend a sporting event in this vibrant area.

Orange Tree Theatre
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Orange Tree Theatre

A group of actors started this theater in the room of a pub but you’ll now find its productions in a much larger, theater-in-the-round venue.

Richmond Green
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Richmond Green

Jousting, archery and cricket are woven into the rich history of this active park, enclosed by some of Richmond’s most historic buildings.

Kew Palace
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Kew Palace

5/5(2 reviews)

Although the smallest royal residence in Britain, this lovely red-brick palace has a history that spans more than 400 years. 

Top things to do in Richmond

The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access 80+ Tours & Attractions

72% of travellers recommend
£79
Per adult
Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal
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Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) - Terminal

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£31
Per adult
St Paul's Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets
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St Paul's Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets

86% of travellers recommend
£7
Per adult
Hard Rock Cafe London Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe London Dining with Priority Seating

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See London By Night Bus Tour
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See London By Night Bus Tour

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Per adult
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter Day Tour
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter Day Tour

82% of travellers recommend
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Reviews of Richmond

4.5

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Jan 2020

Richmond is nice, the hotel is not.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Dec 2019

Wonderful area with the river and the park.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Oct 2019

Great base to explore London

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Oct 2019

We didn't explore this area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Sep 2019

kew gardens are wonderful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Sep 2019

We love going to Richmond. It had everything! The Thames, Richmond Park, shops if that’s what you want and Petersham Nurseries where we love to visit.

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