Four Reasons To Move To Richmond upon Thames

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is one of the London’s most desirable areas.

It’s filled with great schools, great restaurants and great shopping.  But there are also a number of unique places in the Borough that make Richmond a particularly special place to live.

Here are four of our favourites.  There are many more!

1. The Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Kew Gardens, The Palm House

Kew Gardens, The Palm House

The Royal Botanic Gardens, located in Kew, was established in 1759 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. It is a large area consisting of different gardens, art galleries, shops, and many other exciting attractions. There are six gardens, each of them having a different theme in order to add variety and interest, offering something for everyone.

For example, the Queen’s Garden is a beautiful 17th century style with plants exclusively grown in Britain before and during the 17th century. The Plant Family Beds and Rose Pergola was once a kitchen garden which supplied fruit and vegetables to the Royal family. The unique feature in this area is that plants are arranged based on their relationships with each other, allowing garden visitors to see a wide variety of plant forms in a single location.

2. Richmond Park

Richmond Park

Richmond Park

Richmond Park is one of London’s famous parks, great for a lovely morning stroll or summer cycle. The park sees thousands of visitors and is a National Nature Reserve and deer park with 630 Red and Fallow deer. Animal lovers might also be lucky enough to see foxes, rabbits, mice, shrew, voles, bats, and around 144 different species of birds!

Richmond Park also offers guided walks for free where you can learn interesting information, background and history. If the summer sun leaves you feeling hungry, you can find cafés in different corners of the park for refreshments.

This is one of Richmond’s most popular places to visit and one of the most well-known attractions in the borough.

3. London Wetland Centre


London Wetland Centre

If spotting deer and fox  is not enough excitement for you, the WWT London Wetland Centre is the place to visit, great for a fun family day out!

The centre occupies more than 100 acres of land for different kinds of animals. Other than the common ones such as ducks and swans, you can find a number of rarer wildlife – otters and the world’s rarest goslings – Nene Goslings! Guided tours are available for those who want to understand more about the amazing wetland; and “Animal Encounters” are also available to show visitors a specific type of animal each day.

4. Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a Royal palace located in Richmond upon Thames, built in 1514. Today, the palace is open to the public with plenty of attractions to see inside.

Art lovers should visit its famous Cumberland Gallery showing some of the greatest paintings in the world. If you’re interested in garden and history, the Privy Garden is worth a look since it has been redesigned to reflect how it would have looked in the days of William III back in 1702, and is considered as one of the most accurately reconstructed gardens at Hampton Court.

Fancy your chances of finding your way out of a maze? Hampton Court Maze is the most famous maze in the UK and a good place for you to have hours of fun (depending on how long you get lost for) These are just three of the many attractions you can find when visiting the palace, so make sure to explore it and find out your favourite!

As you can imagine, demand for property is high, and there are many estate agents vying for your attention, including Castle Estates (South London).

There’s plenty more to see and do in the area, which is one of the reasons we created this site!