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Richmond
Travel Guide

Richmond featuring street scenes as well as a small group of people

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

Kew Gardens Hotel
Kew Gardens Hotel
3.5 out of 5
292 Sandycombe Road, Richmond, England
The price is £90 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Kew, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Twickenham Stadium, Westfield London Shopping Centre and Kensington High Street. Natural History Museum ...
4.2/5Excellent! (128 reviews)
Kew Gardens Hotel -Business stay
"Lovely hotel and comfortable rooms with friendly staff and the food is amazing!!. Ideal location - will strongly recommend!"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2020

Kew Gardens Hotel
Richmond Hill Hotel
Richmond Hill Hotel
4 out of 5
144-150 Richmond Hill, Richmond, England
The price is £110 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Twickenham Stadium and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hampton Court Palace and Westfield ...
4.1/5Very Good! (983 reviews)
"Stay was amazing - really appreciated the upgrade. Only feedback we would have was that the pillows are very soft! Thanks"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2020

Richmond Hill Hotel
Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa
Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
152-158 Richmond Hill, Richmond, England
The price is £103 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this spa hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Twickenham Stadium and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hampton Court Palace and Westfield London ...
3.8/5Good! (406 reviews)
"Fabulous modern hotel in the heart of Richmond next to the park. Great garden terrace, great food and lovely cocktails. We look forward to coming back when the spa is open!"

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa
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Quantock Lodge 1
Quantock Lodge 1
finsbury Road, 24, Rochester, ENG
Located in the heart of Rochester, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Guildhall Museum and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Historic Dockyard Chatham. Rochester ...
Quantock Lodge 1
The Wharf Medway
The Wharf Medway
4 out of 5
25 The Wharf, Dock Head Road, Chatham, England
Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Chatham Naval Memorial ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Checking in was confusing. Would have been fine if we knew the process and the area, but we didnt. Had to go to a fish&chip shop to pick up the keys (meant to pick up a parking permit but one wasn't provided) then had to find the parking space. Told to right a note to leave on the car dashboard. ..."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

The Wharf Medway
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
10 New Rd Ave, Chatham, ENG
Situated in Chatham, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brook Theatre and Historic Dockyard Chatham. Fort Amherst and Chatham Naval Memorial are ...
Sleeps 6 With Fantastic Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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