Richmond Park, which covers an astonishing 2,500 acres, is London's largest enclosed area. Walking through the park makes you feel like you're out in the country, especially with the vast herds of deer that consider the park home. Richmond Park is home to 650 deer. You'll get views of the city here and there, such as the view from the top of the park all the way to downtown London's St Paul's Cathedral. If you want to visit this landscape, it generally opens at 07:30 in the winter and 07:00 in the summer. The closing time is 21.00. However, in order to avoid any issues, you may want to check the hours of your visiting day via the internet.
Richmond Park gives a respite from the rush and bustle of London with its various walkways, cycling lanes, large open areas, and lush grasses. It's also the city's largest declared Site of Special Scientific Interest, with insects, bats, birds, and wildflowers among the many adorable animals and uncommon species that call it home. Cycling and running are popular in Richmond Park, and you can rent a bike to tackle the Tamsin Trail, a seven-mile off-road perimeter track around the park. At the Kingston and Petersham gates, there are playgrounds, as well as two golf courses at Roehampton Gate. There are horse-riding tracks and a cycling path. Pen Ponds is a great place for fishing. You may choose to sit at Roehampton Café and enjoy the view. Most main gates include public restrooms with disabled access.
It is a National Nature Reserve and contains a 40-acre woodland garden called the Isabella Plantation, which was initially established in the 1830s. Richmond Park is also one of London's eight Royal Parks. The ponds and streams are lined with striking evergreen azaleas, and there are also uncommon and unique plants, as well as significant collections of Rhododendrons and Camellias.
The magnificent Georgian manor Pembroke Lodge, which is surrounded by 13 acres of magnificently ornamental grounds, is located at the park's highest point. You may also want to climb King Henry's Mount, a high peak that offers spectacular views of London. The observation location said to have been where King Henry VIII stood to witness the rocket shot from the Tower of London in 1536, when his wife Anne Boleyn was beheaded for treason, is a former burial chamber going back to prehistoric times.
The District line and National Rail services serve Richmond Station, while the 371 and 65 bus routes serve the park's pedestrian entrance at Petersham. Richmond is served by the190,391,491, and R68 lines, while the north side of the park is served by the33,337, and 485 routes. The south side of the park is served by the 85, 265, and K3 routes, the east side by the 72 and 493, and the west side by the 65 and 371.
The National Trust's Ham House and Garden are located on the banks of the Thames to the south of Richmond, while Kew Gardens is one stop down the District line. This line connects you to downtown London, where you'll discover popular sites including Hyde Park, Queen Victoria's birthplace and childhood home at Kensington Palace, and the London Eye. The 'home of English rugby’, Twickenham Stadium, lies west of Richmond, and buses may take you to Hampton Court Palace, which was formerly the home of King Henry VIII.
Richmond Park Opening Times
Opening Hours for Vehicles:
|Summer||07:00 am||at dusk|
|Winter||07:30 am||at dusk|
Opening Hours for Pedestrians:
Open 24 hours.
(except during the six week deer culls from November to early December and February to early March. For these months opening times: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm.)
Richmond Park Opening and Closing Times - 2021