The largest Royal Park in London (1,000 hectares/2,500 acres), and home to 650 deer. This pastoral landscape of hills and woodlands set amongst ancient trees, with plants, animals and butterflies, offers a peaceful respite to visitors.
There are playgrounds at Kingston and Petersham gates, and two golf courses near Roehampton Gate. Educational facilities for those with special needs can be found at Holly Lodge Centre (by appointment). There is fishing available at Pen Ponds, plus horse-riding tracks and a cycling path. Public toilets with disabled access are located at most main gates.
The Isabella Plantation is an organic woodland garden. For eating, choose from Pembroke Lodge, a Georgian mansion with spectacular views and garden seating, Roehampton Café or refreshment kiosks located at main car parks.
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Love love love this beautiful park. Its three times larger than central park, acres of land, and I love how nothing is touched. No grass is mowed, trees are pruned but the rest of it is left as it is. Natural beauty at its finest.
You don't feel as though you're in London, we walked loads, and saw a few deers here and there. Came across a massive lake with little ducklings. It was a perfect...more
I really like Richmond Park, a slice of the country in south-west London. I primarily visit on my bike as the perimeter road is 12km in length and has a number of elevation changes. This makes is a mecca for middle aged men in lycra on expensive bikes who think that they are Eddy Merckx. I prefer cycling on the dirt track on the edge of the path which is much more relaxed. They do bike hires...more
Heaven in London! As a country girl from the States moving over here, one of the things I miss most is nature and wide open spaces. As soon as we entered Richmond Park's gates, I felt at home again. It is so beautiful and serene. It is truly beautiful. From the ponds, the massive amounts of fallow deer to the long grasses - it's all great! My husband and I loved the paths that we were...more
Heaven within the M25.
Green in summer, gold in autumn, and filled with deer and ponds and other beauty. Never a need to see the same part twice! There's not much to write about it that hasn't been already said. It's a gorgeous Royal Park and, if not for the Heathrow flight path, you'd easily forget that you were anywhere near London.more
Has the hustle and bustle of London left you feeling dazed and out of touch with nature? Richmond Park is wonderful therapy.
When I'm lucky, my corgi takes me on walks here and it's quite nice. Be sure to bring your walking shoes, maybe a small picnic basket and remember to charge your phone to take some grand deer pics! This park is huge and always scattered with people and their pets. Like...more