Richmond Park London

Richmond Park, a part of the Royal Parks of London, is Britain’s second largest urban walled park after the impressive Sutton Park in Birmingham. Richmond Park covers a massive area of 2500 acres which is filled with scenic tree lines, rolling hills, woodland gardens and grasslands. The ancient trees and local wildlife offer great view to residents who live in the surrounding areas of the park. Interestingly, Richmond Park has been selected as a site of special scientific interest, National Nature Reserve and a conservation spot for the Stag beetle. Richmond Park is also popular among Londoners for its large number of Red and Fallow deer. Moreover in 2012 Olympics,the Richmond Park has been chosen as a site for cycling road race events.

Visit: Richmond Park Website


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    History of Richmond Park:

    Richmond Park has been a place of  Royal interest from the late 15th century but at that time this site was known as the Manor of Sheen. When Henry VII came into power, he changed the name of this site to Richmond. Later in 1625, Charles I shifted his court to the Richmond Palace and turned the area of the hill into a royal park. After twelve years in 1637, Charles I converted this park into a hunting site. After Charles I, major features were included in the 19th century in Richmond Park to further facilitate the visitors.

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    Things to do at Richmond Park

    The management of Richmond Park has introduced several facilities in the park so visitors can spend free time along with their family and friends.

    Pembroke Lodge was the home of 1st Earl Russell, which is now a restaurant and serves the visitors of the park.

    Holly Lodge provides educational facilities to the visitors.

    Royal Ballet School is located in White Lodge in the park where youngsters  get training of ballet.

    Isabella Plantation is an eye catching woodland garden which people usually visit to do research.

    Queen Mother's Copse is situated between Robin Hood Gate and Ham Gate that was built in the memory of Queen Elizabeth.

    King Henry VIII's Mound is a historical monument where visitors can view the protected sights of St Paul's Cathedral  over ten miles.

    Playgrounds are also located in the park where different sporting activities take place.

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    Nearest Attractions

    Richmond Park is itself a great attraction for people because of several sites present in the park as well in its surroundings. Below is the list of sites within and outside the park:

    Sites in the Park

    - Roehampton Café
    - Refreshment points near Broomfield Hill and Pen Pond car parks

    Sites outside the Park

    - Trainwithdan
    - College Grounds
    - Dorich House
    - Richmond Park Hotel

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    Richmond Park Operational Hours

    Richmond Park opens at 7:00 am in summer and 7:30 am in winter and closes in the evening.

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    Richmond Park Office, Holly Lodge, Richmond Park, Surrey TW10 5HS,United Kingdom.

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    How to get to Richmond Park

    By Tube:

    There is no tube, tram, over ground station or pier in one mile radius of Richmond Park.

    By Bus:

    Kingston Vale, Vale Crescent Robin Hood (Stop U) is the nearest bus stop to Richmond Park because it is just 1.0 mile away from it and 21 minutes are required to cover this distance on foot. After leaving the bus stop, head north on Kingston Bypass towards Kingston Vale. Then make a left turn through a roundabout which will lead you to a left turn. After making that left turn you will find Richmond Park on your left side. Directions from Kingston Vale, Vale Crescent Robin Hood (Stop U) to Richmond Park.

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