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Richmond Travel Guide: 285 reviews and 916 photos

Historic Richmond.

Richmond is an attractive town,outside London,but within easy reach by tube and mainline trains and buses,to central London.
It is on the bank of the Thames,delightful for walking to nearby Kew or Ham.The riverside is well served with pubs,all of which provide food.
Richmond is famous for its Park,historic buildings (remains of the old Palace,built by Henry V111, and where Queen Elizabeth I died.).

It is plentiful in restaurants and cafes and good shops.Larger supermarkets are to be found out of town.
Cricket is played on The Green in summer and the Richmond Theatre is near by.
The Orange Tree theatre is opposite the station.
Of course,Richmond is where the Rolling Stones,Yardbirds and many other 60s R.&B. groups started their careers.They played at clubs in Richmond as well as at the famous Eel Pie Island,in Twickenham.There is a thriving Eel Pie revival club held at the Cabbage Patch pub in Twickenham.(see Eel Pie Island web sites).
Nearby Kew Gardens can be visited easily by bus(10 minutes away).
There is a large swimming pool at Pools on the Park,with indoor and outdoor and kids' pools.+ gym,sauna,etc. facilities.
Many 'stars' of stage and film and TV screen live here and you are likely to bump into them shopping in Tesco or strolling down the high street!
Overall, a truly delightful place to live,or visit,with green,open spaces,yet near to London

Messing about on the river.

These boats can be hired so one can take a leisurely row down the river.
The boatyard on the river bank still makes traditional wooden boats-wherries.

Richmond Park

This is one of the ponds in the park-Pen Ponds.The ponds are so named as they form the shape of a fountain pen.Many swans, coots, moorhens, ducks, etc. make these ponds their home.
These ponds were camouflaged during the war, by being completely covered over with mock bushes, trees and shrubbery.They would have been such a landmark, so near to London, for enemy aircraft they had to be disguised.
Nowadays they are visited by walkers and provide a beautiful , tranquil place to sit and picnic, or just admire the view.
There is a tunnel under the water, linking the two ponds and providing an overflow if the ponds ever flood.Daring kids have been known, in the past,to swim to the tunnel, dive down and swim through it, coming out at the other end into the smaller pond!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A green landscape in the outskirts of London.
  • Cons:Can't think of any!
  • In a nutshell:It's got everything!
  • Intro Updated Aug 30, 2007
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  • adrianspencertaylor's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    just testing if can leave a comment Yes i can seems all ok here with me Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Better luck next time Adrian

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2009 at 1:07 AM

    Good tip

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Rock and roll must be a popular thing in the city. I was here last 1879 and sure it has grown. Beaches and city are great place to see.

  • janetanne's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    LOL! That's the funniest Danger Tip I've ever read on VT...pub chairs indeed. The photo of your bruised knee was certainly a highlight of that tip as well:):) Janet

  • May 27, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    do you have or know of anyone who may have photographs of petersham farm when the northover family managed it between the years of 1958-1982

  • celia.q's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    re the 'Larch', I went again and had a look at its label. We were right, its no Larch; I thought I would remember it's very strange name but I don't. The second word began with a T and had an X in it. I'll have to go again and write it down.....

  • suvanki's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Laughing at picnic pics! Yes, Ice Cream and Earl Gray after the picnic! Then I had to try out the Champagne bar at St Pancs! Looking forward to seeing more of Richmond one day. Take Care, Sue X

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2009 at 3:10 AM

    nice page and photos Di, I used to catch the bus up here to meet a friend who worked here for lunch next to the bridge, lovely!and other times to Nikon at Kingston and walk back to the bus at Richmond!or cycle taking in that lovely big park!

  • Mar 15, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    What a lovely place I lived there at 105 Queens Road and it inspired me to write.

  • asianbelle's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:09 AM

    Hey it's the first time I heard about a cable car in Salzburg. Is it something new? We enjoyed exploring the city on foot ;)

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