Oh my, I really love Richmond park. I've lived in London for what feels like ages now, but have never got round to visiting here.
My boyfriend & I picked an excellent autumnal-esque afternoon for a walk, and it couldn't have been better planned (even though it wasn't) as there was a duathalon on in the park which meant that the roads running through it were closed to traffic. Obviously Richmond Park is massive, so you can walk right into it and not be bothered by traffic at all, but it was nice to see it so so quiet & nice and natural.
It is so amazing here. Firstly, it is HUGE. Hard to believe that you are still in the city. Secondly, there are all the deer - it's great to be able to walk right beside them & they are beautiful. I am a big fan of Henry VIII, I love stomping around pretending I am back in his hunting grounds (although, I block out the part where he actually hunts the deers...)
We visited the Isabella Plantation, which I totally recommend. It is beautiful in there with so many plants, trees & foliage. It's extremely peaceful & just a wonderful place to take a walk in any season.
I will definitely be returning to Richmond Park often - there is just so much to discover.
Very big park, perfect for a Sunny day. Have place To rent bikes. But so difficult To find parking!! Only small road for bike too, quite a lot of road needs To be shared between bike and car. But off road is still quite flat, so perfect for beginner biker.
Gotta be honest, it has to be that we had a guided tour and they pointed out the deer, the facts and history about the place that makes me like it much more than the Wimbledon Commons. That's the truth.
However, we did see more nature (wildlife) and humans, duckies, fishies etc. Dogs, could have done without, especially the one that scared my wife. But, all in all a great respite from traveling.
An nature oasis in London? No it's not Hyde Park but Richmond Park!
It is a truly unique place as they have deer and other animals living free, something you can't really see in any other major city of the world!
The restaurant in the park is also an very nice stop for some afternoon tea and scones, something everybody should experience if they want to do something very British! :)
From the station to the park it's a nice walk trough the center of Richmond. It's a nice town that would be worth a visit on it's own. Remember to take comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting a bit muddy...
Where else in London can you walk, jog, run, cycle, stroll and explore almost 1,000 hectares of countryside (effectively, although it's called a park) WITH WILD DEER all whilst still being within London???
No where, that's where.
I've grown up living on the doorstep to this park and can honestly say there's none other like it. In the Autumn it's where you come to photograph rutting stags with their mammouth antlers, in the Winter it's where you come with your tobogan and sled, in the Spring it's where you come to see Bambi take his first steps and in the Summer it's where you come to cycle, fly kites, horse ride and play hide and seek with a picnic.
- The two ponds in winter, for watching ice skating ducks!
- The bracken in the spring, for next level hide and seek!
- The sunsets from Pembroke Lodge with a cup of tea!
- The incredible view over St. Pauls cathedral & London from King Henry's Mound!
Richmond Park is a big piece of green in SW London that locals use to try and make themselves feel that they're in the countryside. The park does have a slightly more rural feel to it than for example Hyde Park - foliage has been allowed to grow a little taller and more freely and there are the famous deer
There is quite a lot of traffic in the daytime as motor vehicles will use the park as a route when the park gates are open. However, the park is big enough that you can escape from the noise and pollution quite easily.
You will see people on other modes of transport - horse-riding, bicycles, blading etc It has quite a family feel to it
One problem is the access to the park isn't easy by public transport. However, there is parking for cars dotted around the park
A lovely park to enjoy. Just don't catch Lyme's disease from those deer!
An easy 20-25 min walk along the Thames from the Richmond tube stop, Richmond Park is truly an amazing escape from central London. It is my favorite place to escape the hustle, bustle and noise. Rarely packed with anything but deer, Richmond Park should be on the to do for every London tourist and non tourist!
If you have a poor sense of direction like me, I suggest bringing along an iphone or some sort of device with GPS. Yes, I have gotten "misplaced" in Richmond Park!
Before I moved into my own place, I lived literally next door to Richmond Park.
Unlike most things I now miss chez parents (food in the fridge, a clean bathroom, decent loo paper), this is one thing that I did fully appreciate and of which I took full advantage. When I was training to do the Lares Trail in Peru, we would don our walking boots and trek along the Tamsin Trail every weekend (7.35 miles, since you ask). I used to walk the dog around Pen Ponds, picnic with friends in both the open meadows and the overgrown badlands, snap away at the deer and stand on the famous King Henry's Mound to take in the view across London all the way to St Paul's Cathedral (it's legally-protected, dontcha know). And I've still yet to visit the Isabella Plantation, Royal Ballet School, or well-regarded golf course (although I'd have to learn how to play golf first).
My brother occasionally rides his bike around the park in the dark because they leave the pedestrian gate open all night (NB not during the culling season. Don't make this mistake, lest you get shot in the face). He claims that this is the best time to explore without the constant stream of cars, and feel like you're lost in the last great wilderness.
To cap it all in 2010, my best friend even got married at Pembroke Lodge; a venue I highly recommend, for the staff, location and photo ops.
I now live spitting distance from Holland Park, and my bus home from work skims the edge of Hyde Park, but Richmond Park still trumps them all. We're supremely spoilt for green spaces in this city, but - perhaps due to its origins as an undeveloped Tudor hunting ground for deer, and the deliberate lack of landscaping - Richmond Park retains a real sense of otherwordliness which the more inner-city ones lack. Don't get me wrong, every park in London is beautiful in its own right, but this one is special for its uncultivated spaces. Go, get lost, take a picnic, a camera and a compass, and enjoy.
When I was little and I drove through Richmond Park with my parents I would be so excited to see the lovely deer grazing amongst the trees or at the side of the road.
Now I'm older, when I'm driving through Richmond Park to go and see my parents, I can honestly say I am just as excited to see the deer as I was when I was a kid. My boyfriend and I will always compete to see them first.
Richmond Park is beautiful all year round - from the bright greens of spring to the orange leaves of autumn. We drove through during a snowy spell and were lucky enough to see a stag standing proud with the snow falling around him, surrounded by an orange sky - never have I been more disappointed not to have a camera on me.
There's always plenty going on - picnics, running groups, cycle paths, family days out, couples on a stroll, yummy mummies with buggies. But my favourite thing is and always will be the deer.
The YouTube video of "FENTON!!!" never stops being funny!
less of a park and more of a country in its own right I feel. It has it's own inhabitants - the deer and squirrels, and it takes hours on tfl to get there if you live in east London!
Oh how I love it though, and if you are looking for the country in a city this is it. Don't expect paved walkways, don't expect ice cream stands just hope you don't stand or sit in some animal shit. This is the ideal spot for a long walk no matter what time of year and just wondering around the park takes away the trouble of your day.
Open fields and wildlife for all to enjoy this really is a beautiful London hot spot. Ahhh.... fresh air!
Absolutely gorgeous and well worth devoting several hours to. I agree with Catherine H on the safari comparison - it is so amazing and ridiculous to wander through huge green fields among so many deer. You forget that you are in London very quickly.
I rode my bike here for a Saturday afternoon investigation, and I can't believe how easy it was to get here from my little flat in Barnes. The bike paths are great and it's so scenic. A little dangerous for a first-time visitor on a bike, as you could easily become distracted by the beauty and bash into a tree or something.
Richmond Park attracts all types of outdoors lovers; horseback riders, bike riders, joggers, kite flyers, picnic-ers, dog walkers... do not miss out.
Amazing, amazing, amazing.
Having heard so much about Richmond Park, I finally went out there to enjoy the summer weather today, and was completely blown away. I'm not sure what I expected, but Richmond Park exceeded my wildest imagination. Between the wide open fields of unkempt, wild land and the multiple deer spottings, this visit cemented Richmond Park in my mind as a special, special place in London.
I first discovered this park while biking from my apartment in Islington to my class in Twickenham. It's honestly hard to not discover this park, it's that big.
To fully illustrate this:
Once there, I spent 45 minutes biking (biking - not walking) around trying to find a way to get out, and once I finally did get out, it only took me 5 minutes to find myself back in the park at another entrance. From there I got lost again for another 15 minutes. (This was not a bad thing btw, because I love being lost in a park, the only issue being I was late for class)
While in this epic park, I came across people who were having a blast doing something I can only describe as kite-boarding. You string up a large kite, get on a long board, and fly along the roads or through the fields. That is awesome, I wish I were that cool.
This park is an amazing spot for a run, a cycle, a walk, a picnic, some football, and - if you're really cool - kiteboarding, and if you aren't spending at least some of your time here during the spring and summer, you're doing it wrong.
5 stars even after falling off the bike. It is amazing here and I've not been to such a highly populated park of dears, bunnies, king fishers, green something parakeet and 3 cows before. And I haven't even had the joy of going to Isabella plantation!
I liked the cows the best, there are 2 white ones and 1 brown one, they live in an enclosure on top of Sawyer Hill. They are some kind of experiment.
Yes you can feel like you've left the city with a stroll around Richmond park! At 2500 acres, it's the largest royal park in London, and I love the unkempt, natural and bucolic beauty it offers. It's soft and tousled rather than spruced and smart, and that's just how I like it!
A National Nature Reserve, this place brings back rather fond memories of spring days, lovers, laughter and picnics in a rather melancholic way. The rolling hills, ponds, gardens and make you wish you were a wench in a Thomas Hardy novel. There are still things to do here in the winter too, Christmas walks and guided tours of Winter Wildfowl (did you know that Richmond Park has 300 Red Deer and 350 fallow deer?) are worth the trip.
Not much to say that hasn't been already, so I'm just gonna ramble about gates.
Richmond, Sheen and Kingston gates provide you the bulk (if not all?) of the parking, I believe.
Ham gate leaves you halfway up a hill. If you need to then go to the northern sides of the park (Richmond/Petersham gate, Pembroke Lodge, etc) then do *not* use it. And if you do, don't be carrying 8 litres of water and some bottles of wine, you will actually turn into a bitter old man/hag. I'm still recovering from months ago.
Petersham gate takes you right next to a little kids playground area and then the golf course, and is basically at the top of the hill.
Richmond gate takes you nice and close to Pembroke Lodge and is the top of the hill.
Sheen gate is irrelivent because you only go that way to drive through - dirty, dirty people, and silly, silly transport.
Kingston gate is only for the Kingston/Wimbledon/etc locals, and is right at the bottom of the hill. Best place to start a Richmond Park cycle however in my opinion, heading east and northwards to the Sheen side, back west to Richmond, then downhill at the end. Only foo's end on an uphill.
A truly massive, rambling stretch of green, complete with deer, trees, views and paths, it's hardly surprising that Richmond Park is a hugely popular destination for cyclists, joggers and walkers.
Probably my favourite aspect of it is the way it's been kept relatively wild and untouristy. Sure, it's popular, but there is very little infrastructure to support a greater influx such as cafes, ice-cream vans, pubs or similar. This keeps visitors to those who want to use the Park recreationally rather than loll around on the nearest stretch of green on a sunny day.
My least favourite aspect of the Park are the sheer number of joggers and particularly cyclists on the foot paths. I'm a big cyclist myself, but I fully respect the fact that on a foot path, pedestrians have priority. Most of the nutters on two wheels in Richmond Park don't seem to appreciate this which pees me off no end. If they want to make like Lance Armstrong, then they should use the roads running through the Park, not the paths. More generally, despite the collosal size of the Park, there do seem to be more people in it per square kilometre than nearby Wimbledon Common, which lessens the experience slightly if you prefer your scenic walks being more remote.
Still, as a huge, varying stretch of green and home to deer, Richmond Park is pretty much unrivalled in London. Definitely worth checking out if you're a cyclist in search of a relatively traffic-way to rack up some miles (but stick to the roads!) or a walker looking to escape the urban sprawl of London no further than Zone 4.
Richmond Park is possibly the most beautiful open area in London and is perfect for a Sunday afternoon walk. You feel completely at one with nature and it reminds me out of something from a fairytale. Tranquility at its best.
Last time I visited, I had the pleasure of spotting some wild Ring-necked Parakeets. They are bright green and cannot really be missed as tend to let you know they are there by squawking very loud. After enquiring, I found out that they first appeared in London during the 1970's and they are steadily on the increase. It is lovely to learn a bit about wildlife and here you can definitely do a bit of animal spotting.
A wonderful way to escape the hustle and bustle of the inner, urban city.
This isn't really a park, it's more like a safari! It is massive! About a month ago, me and my boyfriend decided that we needed a break from the city for the day and wanted to see some green. We settled on Richmond Park and headed out there. Expecting a normal-sized park, we were incredibly surprised when we reached our destination and saw the vast, never-ending, deer-inhabited, wild-life before us.
Richmond Park is beautiful. All of the plants grow in a disorderly, untamed, natural state. There are ferns, tall grass, mushrooms, oak-trees, hills, ponds, and a many more botanical things that I do not know the name of. There are herds of deers grazing and rabbits that jump out of nowhere.
After having trekked around the park for a good four hours we decided to head back to the car. We examined a map of the park to see how far we had gone and discovered that we hadn't even covered a third of the area!
Richmond Park is worth a visit at any time of the year. In autumn, we were greeted with a series of browns, yellows, and reds, but I look forward to coming back during springtime for a whole new experience. This is wilderness at its best.
I have such fond memories of Richmond Park, having spent a good part of my childhood being pushed around here in my buggy. If you are used to London parks, then be prepared for the fact that Richmond Park is vast - the biggest of all of Londons Royal Parks. It measures 2500 acres, and is divided into sections. It has about 5 different gates to get in, at Kingston, Ham, Richmond, Roehampton and Barnes.
There are so many different walks that can be done, and there are plenty of large open spaces which are perfect for a spot of football or makeshift cricket. If you wanted to get a bit more professional, there is a golf club within and riding stables within the park.
Two of my favourite spots in Richmond park - the Isabella Plantation, which is a gated woodland garden, packed full of tropical plants, and rich flora and fauna. It has streams running through it which lead to two large ponds which are full of water lillies. When I was a kid, my favourite thing to do was walk across the pond on the little wooden stepping stones, and occasionally I managed to do it without falling in. (It's not deep, don't worry).
The other spot worth checking out is near Pembroke Lodge near the Richmond exit. The Pembroke Lodge is a great stop for a tea and cake refuel after you have spent an afternoon tramping through the park. But if you have the energy, go a few hundred feet further from the Lodge to a spot called Henry's Mount. On one side, you look down to sweeping views of Surrey, on a clear day, you can see as far as Windsor. On the other side is a clearing of the hedge, with a shape of a circle cut out. There is a telescope provided to show you the view that takes you straight to St Pauls Cathedral in the City. From where you are standing it is exactly 10 miles.
Simply stunning, Richmond Park is an oasis of tranquillity and all things natural. I used to play golf up here and driving through here is simply stunning. Wildlife is everywhere, the Deer wonder around without a car in the world and you can sit and watch them for hours.
Located in South West London on the upper side of Richmond it is the perfect retreat for the family, where you can go and picnic and walk through the woods, parks, grasslands and gardens. There are ponds to explore and it is a paradise for the dog walker.
Take a football, a cricket bat and ball, a kite, whatever you want and experience this wonderful green parkland so close to the centre of town. Don't forget your camera !!
Richmond Park is the most beautiful park in London, and possibly The World.
It's so wild and remote looking in places yet you can also see London landmarks like the London Eye and BT tower from higher ground.
Isabella Plantation is one of the main highlights, especially in spring when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. I also personally love it's pond with the stepping stone. The major ponds to visit are Pen Ponds though, which have plenty of ducks and the odd aggressive swan to scar your child (mentally). Don't worry though, there is an ice cream van nearby which will soothe them. Also nearby is White Lodge, home of the Royal Ballet School.
One of the best ways to see the park is to bring or hire (at Roehampton Gate) a bike and ride round the perimeter path, which is actually fairly challenging in places and has some beautiful stop off points, like King Henry's Mound and Pembroke Lodge.
There are a couple of playgrounds for kids, at Kingston Gate and Petersham Gate. Or you could fly kites! Actually, I really want to fly a kite now.
While I'm on the subject of my beloved park, may I also mention that it's conveniently near charming Richmond (it has a green, a riverfront and the happiest i.e. richest inhabitants in England) and also Ham House.
I have great memories of Richmond park, it is very beautiful and great fun. We would always take a picnic and then go for walks through the wooded areas, feeding the squirrels, which, much to my delight, have no fear of just running right up to you and eating out of your hands! wow!
Autumn time is brilliant to go there for running through leaves.There are also plenty of cutsey cafes for have a break in, maybe even an ice cream for finer weather. YOu can spend hours in this park and not see it all!
And to think Regent's Park has been my favourite for so long! I went to Richmond Park after looking online for interesting walks around London and being recommended this, and it was wonderful! You get amazing views and really great picnicking areas. I didn't get to see any of the famous deer while I was there but I'm going to go again :) Pembroke Lodge/Gardens are amazing, so I'm very excited to traverse the rest of this park :D
Went here again, and jeebus we found the deer xD They come right up to you if you come close and they're quite friendly :P I was quite giddy about that.
This is one of those places you go to get away from hustle and bustle of London. I came here for the first time on a bank holiday, and though I expected it to be busy, it was quiet and lovely. We took a walk through the park and I was shocked when we came across the deer. I had heard about the royal deer that are allowed to roam freely throughout the park, but I was not prepared for how many of them there were and how close they got to you without showing any fear. We didn't try to get too close and moved along our way.
We enjoyed a picnic lunch and a game of cricket in a clearing before walking back. It would have been nice to take a bike ride along the path, but maybe that will have to be next time!
Richmond is a very grand park, on a huge scale. Great sweeps of grassland, lovely woods, hills and views of the valley of the Thames. Few people could walk round it. In fact that's one thing I don't like about this park: the scale is such that most visitors feel the need for their cars, so you can't really escape them. It's not too bad a problem though.
For runners there are paths around the edge of the park. To be honest they are slightly annoying. They meander very prettily, but that means your chance of measuring an accurate distance is pretty low.
Of course such a large park does have a lot of amenities, well spread around the park. One really great thing is the good availability of water fountains at the toilets. There's also things to see, such as the viewpoint mentioned by another visitor.
For running, while it might be difficult to get a good distance measurement, it is a good place to do a long run. You can run for miles without repeating yourself, and get in a few hills while you are at it. I hear they've now started a weekly time trial event, something I'll have to get round to trying!
Though I've given a fair few negatives, I do love this park.
Where does one begin to extol the virtues of this wonderful, vast open space? I love running here: so many options, if I want a quick run I just go from Kingston Gate to Ham Gate and back and enjoy the glorious scenery, whatever the season. Autumn is especially gorgeous with the warm hues and beautiful light.
When I want a longer brisk walk, or run, I head-up towards Roehampton Gate. The hill can feel a little steep when you're not at your fittest but I love the challenge. Once over the hilly climb you get the chance of an easy run downhill surrounded by fabulous panoramic views. If you prefer solitude it's best to avoid Sundays when it's extremely popular (unsurprisingly) with large family groups.
Highlights include the beautiful deer; autumnal blackberry picking and being spoilt for choice for picnic locations.
Superb park, where you can get away from London life. It's absolutety vast with a number of entrances. from the top of the hill near Richmond gate you can see from Wembley to Docklands, and many landmarks in between.
There's all sorts of wildlife the deer being the most obvious, you can walk ,cycle ,run,fish, read ,sitit's up to you.
In many places you can't see the buildings of the outside world.
There are a couple of cafes, and toilets, it's worth mapping these out before you start.
And of course there is the Isabella Plantation famous for it's spring flowering azaleas and rhododendrons, it's a fantastic facility, why not use it, and it's free.
A great park, right up there near Hampstead Heath as a park that has parts left largely natural. Lots of trees, lots of paths for running, etc.
There are large herds of deer that live in the park, and this is obviously a large attraction to kids and city folk.
I quite like walking here in autumn: the cool, quiet air make it a really relaxing place.
I was fortunate enough to live in Richmond for a year, and certainly made the most of this park.
A beautiful place to run in the morning, with the deer, and only few other joggers. Its also very peaceful in the mid week afternoons.
At weekends the park livens up and is full of activity: families on bikes, picnics, rugby, the local cycling club doing circuits.
An urban lung, and the very best that London has to offer to those who miss their countryside origins.
Make sure if you do go to rent a bike.
You can get more info on the website, but it is the best way to get around the Park.
Richmond Park, along with Hampstead Heath and Wimbledon Common, is one of the great parks that London has to offer. It is easily large enough to feel as if you are in the country espite being only ten miles or so from central London.
There are numerous animals to be spotted although the most spectacular are likely to be the herds of deer. There is also a cycling track around the park which can be cycled only with mountain bikes. I think it is about 10-12 miles to do a whole circuit. THere are also a numbr of cafes in the park if you wish to do something a bit more relaxing.
We specifically travelled out to this park because I was determined to see some deer. I was not disapointed! At first I was so distracted by the swans in the lake that i didnt see the heard of deer right behind me!
We visited in very early spring so most of the deer were just beginning to re-grow their velvety antlers. The weather was cool but comfortable enough and we warmed up walking around everywhere.
You'll be pleased to know that there were numerous herds of different types of deer and we came across a few different groups.
The park is huge and it is fantastic to find some green stuff so close to grey old London :-) I can thorougly reccomend getting yourself lost here for a good few hours!
Fantastic open space to spend a weekend day, either with a bike, or for a picnic or just to relax with a book.
And with all the free deer around, you most likely see some. I always have.
I thoroughly recommend.
I'm lucky enough to live just around the corner from Richmond Park and I love the place. It's full of deer from red deer to fallow deer and it makes me wish that I had a dog so that I could take it for long lazy walks in the park during the summer.
In the spring, the Isabella Plantation is definitely worth checking out with it's brightly coloured azaleas and rhodedendrons. There's also a beautiful pond where you can watch the ducks and forget that you're only minutes away from central london. In the summer, the park is ideal for picnics and there are also plentiful activities from horse-riding to cycle hire and even a military bootcamp! It's the perfect place to spend a lazy sunday and there are plenty of pubs nearby where you can go afterwards and enjoy an al fresco pub lunch.
Londoners are extremely fortunate to have been blessed with such a vast and beautiful place.
If you make it to the park, make sure you visit Isabella Plantation - a sanctuary within a sanctuary.
Huge, wildlife park that stretches for miles covering a triangle of Kingston, Richmond and Roehampton. There are cycle paths and walkways right through the park and a huge lake to dip your feet into on a summers day. But one of the main attractions is the deer and other range of wildlife you can spot while roaming through it. It's a classified as a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest - ooo er!
All in all it's a wonderful escape from the chaos of London, and the route from up there from the tube is lined with cosy waterfront pubs serving good, reasonably priced drinks (real ale for those that way inclined and decent wine for those who aren't) and hearty fresh food.
Richmond Park is a beautiful place and a great place to take time out in such a busy city.
I train for rugby on the pitches there at weekends, and so do many other sports team. There are many cyclers, ramblers, joggers, people having picnics and watching the deer, walking dogs, people playing golf over the other side- there is so much to do here and all for nothing!
The car park is a good size but can fill up quickly on nice days so get there early and really make the most of it. There is an on-site cafe but I'd recommend bringing your own or driving into Richmond, Putney or Wimbledon for lunch.
This place is really special, it is perfect for getting away from the city without having to travel too far!! I was amazed to discover that you can drive around the park (taking care to drive slowly and avoid cyclists and deer that randomly stroll out into the road.
The gates are only open to cars during daylight hours, closing times are advertised on the gates and it is worth taking note of these if you don't want to drive round the park looking for an open gate and then have to drive a long way home through the busy streets. As long as you take note of the times the drive is a real treat!
The best time I had in the park was when I decided to try cycling to work. Watching deer and a stag on the horizon in the early morning mist with hardly anyone around was really amazing and a sight I will never forget.
I just love Richmond Park, I only wish I lived closer. I go there to either jog, cycle or walk and I am always inspired to do this well when I get there because there is so much energy from all the other joggers, cyclists and nature lovers there. No matter what time of day you go, there are people there who are full of life energy, wanting to exercise or be in nature (or both!).
The park is huge, with lots of open space as well as hidden pockets and bits of woodland. Lots of wildlife too, especially all the deer that freely roam around and are wonderful to watch. A great place to go to.
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