We love Richmond Park - it is without doubt the greatest place to visit in the Richmond area and a national treasure! 2,500 acres of parkland with an incredible 300 red deer, 250 fallow deer and 1000 oak trees. It's even a Special Area of Conservation for the Stag beetle.
During King Edward's reign (1272-1307) the Richmond Park area was known as the Manor of Sheen, and the name changed to Richmond Park during Henry VIII's reign. This page covers everything you need to know about Richmond Park in London - from opening hours and the best sights, to places to eat, drink or even get married!
Park is open from 7am
in the summer and 7.30 in the winter, and closes
at dusk all year round. There are four main
places to buy food and drink in Richmond Park - Roehampton Cafe
(T: 020 8876 7933), Pembroke Lodge (T: 020 8940 8207) and the refreshment points at Broomfield Hill and Pen Pond car parks (T: 020 7581 1188).
There are a number of free car
parks in Richmond Park, located at Sheen Gate, Roehampton Gate, Pembroke
Lodge (always very busy), Isabella Plantation and
Richmond Park is about a 30 minute walk from Richmond, North Sheen, Barnes, and Barnes Bridge Railway Stations. Mortlake Station is about a 20 minute walk away.
There are some great walks in Richmond Park, with some
stunning views including this vista of Pen Ponds from
the edge of Sidmouth Wood. The 12km Tamsin Trail is
one of the most popular, and it's hard to go wrong - just start at a car park and walk!
The walk will take you past many of Richmond Park's highlights
including the Isabella Plantation and Pembroke lodge.
Click here for a great map of Richmond Park - including the Tamsin Trail, the Thames Path, the Capital Ring and the Beverley Brook Walk - some of the best walks in Surrey. For more information about local walks, visit our page on walking in richmond.
Lodge is a Georgian mansion in Richmond Park with spectacular views
across the Thames valley to Windsor and Surrey. It has eleven acres of
landscaped grounds, including King Henry VIII's Mound.
Previous occupiers include the Countess of Pembroke, a close friend of King George III, a Prime Minister and the philosopher, Bertrand Russell, but now it is open to the public as a tea-room and wedding venue - see our wedding pages for more information about getting married in Richmond Park and the Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
In 1625 Charles I brought his
Richmond Palace to escape the plague in London
and turned it into a park for red and fallow deer.
Autumn is a good time for deer watching as it is rutting season, however it's important to stay wary of these beautiful beasts as they pack quite a punch with their antlers if you get in the wrong place at the wrong time. Try to avoid putting yourself between two small groups, as it's probably just one group and you're right in the middle!
Our favourite view from Richmond Park is
looking across to St Paul's Cathedral in London, more than 12
miles away. There's even a telescope positioned at
the top of the King's Mound for the very farthest view.
There are 3 rugby pitches by
Roehampton Gate that are hired out to
Rosslyn Park Rugby Football Club.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has been seen running around Richmond Park on a Sunday. If only he'd open a restaurant in Richmond!
Richmond Park is the largest city park in Europe - right on the doorstep of Richmond upon Thames - Surrey
There are a couple of running clubs who regularly
organise runs in Richmond Park -
Ranelagh Harriers Running Club
Sheen Shufflers Running Club.
Visit our page on sport and fitness in Richmond for more info about local amenities and clubs.
Richmond Park is a
top UK site for ancient trees, particularly oaks, which
have great historic and wildlife importance.
Highlights include the Isabella Plantation, a stunning woodland garden which was created after World War II from an existing woodland, and is organically run, resulting in a rich flora and fauna. Queen Mother's Copse is a small triangular enclosure on the woodland hill halfway between Robin Hood Gate and Ham Gate, established in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Bone Copse was started by the Bone family in 1988 by purchasing and planting a tree from the Park authorities in memory of Bessie Bone who died in that year. Trees have been added annually, and in 1994 her husband Frederick Bone also died. The annual planting has been continued by their children. Other places of interest include Two Storms Wood (near Sheen Gate) and the stunning flowers of the Isabella Plantation and the gardens at Pembroke Lodge.
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