The borough of Richmond has some of the top things to do in London. There is a huge amount to offer both the resident and visitor, whatever their interests and the Your Richmond directory aims to show you what's going on.
The spectacular Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, The Museum of Rugby at Twickenham Stadium and the National Trust property of Ham House are just a sample of what the borough has to offer. All major attractions in Richmond borough are well served by public transport.
The Royal Botanical Gardens, known commonly as Kew Gardens, are one of the most visited attractions in the borough of Richmond with over a million visitors a year.
The gardens, a world heritage site since 2003, contain one of the most comprehensive collections of plant-life in the UK as well as a number of other attractions such as the Great Pagoda and Japanese temple.
A recent addition to Kew Gardens is the Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop walkway which takes visitors 18 metres into the trees and offers spectacular views of the gardens.
Famous for its maze and annual flower show, this famous Renaissance palace is also home to many pieces of art and furnishings of the royal collection. Visitors to the palace can also view the royal apartments that were used from the time of Henry VIII up to the mid-18th century. Situated on the north bank of the Thames in the south-west of the borough, the palace also has beautiful & extensive grounds.
From the first weekend in December to the second weekend in January the palace has an ice rink open to the public.
This unique attraction near Barnes offers a spectacular wetland landscape of lagoons, lakes, ponds and pools. Two thirds of the reserve is protected for the many hundred of species of wild birds that stop off to nest or breed during their seasonal migration.
Ham House is, according to the National Trust, “unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th century fashion and power”. Built in 1610 and re-modelled in the 1670s, Ham House was the home of one of Charles II’s most powerful ministers and was the centre of political life after the English Civil War. Ham House is supposed to be one of the most haunted in England.Built in the late 1720’s for a mistress of George II, Marble Hill House is beautifully situated in 65 acres of parkland on the River Thames, halfway between Richmond and Twickenham. Boasting a fine display of Georgian artwork and furnishings, the house is one of the few surviving river-side villas that dominated the Thames in the 18-century.
The stadium at Twickenham is home to the English Rugby Union team and is the headquarters of the Rugby Football Union (RFU). The stadium also houses the Museum of Rugby which tells the history of the sport across the globe from its conception to the present day and has an extensive display of rugby memorabilia. Throughout the year there are daily tours around the stadium which include the changing rooms, player areas and committee rooms. Only a short walk from Twickenham town centre Orleans House is the principal gallery of the London Borough of Richmond and is also a fine example of 18thcentury interior design. Attracting over 40,000 visitors a year, the gallery also runs workshops where visitors of all ages can display their own talents.
Richmond & Orange Tree Theatres
The more traditional Richmond Theatre, located at the eastern corner of Richmond Green, opened in 1899 and puts on a variety of plays and musicals, often performed by professional touring companies.
Its local neighbour, the Orange Tree Theatre is a theatre in the round, which involved the audience surrounding the stage, specialising in new plays as well as the forgotten classics.