"Bushy Park" Parks and Gardens Tip by antistar
Parks and Gardens, London: 137 reviews and 298 photos
Watch out for the deer. I'm serious. They rule the park, and when the stags get randy or the doe gets protective of her young they might get a bit aggressive. This is their world and you are a visitor in it. It's been that way since the park was inaugurated in 1529 as a Royal Park to serve King Henry VIII as his deer hunting ground. He lived nearby in Hampton Court.
The park is vast - more than three times the size of Hyde Park and the second biggest of the Royal Parks after Richmond. It's peaceful, almost rural, with a single road passing through it, slowed in the middle by a serene Arethusa Fountain and its graceful swans. The only other things to spoil the silence are joggers and a passing school of horse riding. It's physically only a few miles from central London, but feels a million miles more.
Directions: Hampton Court railway station is ideal, as you can take in the tudor palace at the same time, but there are others around the park, like Teddington.
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