12 hours in Richmond upon Thames

Richmond upon Thames is the only borough in London that straddles both sides of the River Thames. It is a perfect place for a leisurely day both for nature lovers and for those who prefer cultural attractions. You can also easily combine the two. Plus, if you fancy some retail therapy, Richmond town offers plenty of opportunities for that.


If you only have a short time, a potter along the river and enjoy the local sights would be our general recommendation.

For the more adventurous, download the Try It Trail Geocache for a mystery tour of the area. Alternatively, visit Richmond Town Centre to enjoy the shops, bars and restaurants.

If you fancy a hike, the iconic view from Richmond Hill, on top of Terrace Gardens, is a must and has been protected since an Act of Parliament in 1902.
The River Thames

River Thames

London's rural Thames stretches from Hampton Court Palace to Chelsea Harbour. Within this span of 22.5 miles the river rolls out a dazzling string of world-famous attractions in a rural setting of vast parklands and sumptuous gardens.
Great River Race

Thames Path National Trail at River Thames

Long distance walking trail

Geocache TRY IT Trail at London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

TRY IT Festival is here and so is summer, so it is time to get outside and enjoy the great weather in our parks! What better way to do it is to take part in the TRY IT Trail or Geocache trail to become a professional treasure hunter.
Richmond Riverside

Richmond Riverside

An ideal place for a leisurely walk
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Terrace Gardens

Terrace Gardens, located close to Richmond town centre, was originally formed from three separate eighteenth century estates and was opened as a public park in 1887.


From here, potter along the Thames Path towards Ham and visit the National Trust’s Ham House. You can always get the Hammertons Ferry back to Twickenham and end your day at Orleans House Gallery.
Ham House

Ham House and Garden

One of London’s best kept secrets, this atmospheric Stuart mansion nestles on the banks of leafy Richmond-upon-Thames.
Hammertons Ferry

Hammertons Ferry

Hammertons Ferry is situated between Marble Hill House and Ham House, only a mile away from Richmond Towne centre. Teddington and Kingston are easily accessible via the footpath on the Ham side.
Orleans House Gallery

Orleans House Gallery

Stroll along a peaceful riverside road into secluded woodland gardens, to find stunning 18th century interior design and the principle art gallery for the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, which attracts over 40,000 visitors a year.

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Richmond upon Thames boasts 21 miles of riverside and is the only London borough to span both banks of the Thames. The riverside in Richmond town is particularly picturesque, even more so on sunny days, when it attracts countless visitors who bask in the sun on the grassy landscaped banks.

Strolling along the Thames Path is one of the great joys of London life, following its tranquil scenic route to a favourite waterside pub, taking a circular walk via one of its many bridges or dipping into its impressive catalogue of attractions.

No other capital city in Europe offers so much to enjoy, both indoors and out. Kings, cardinals and commoners who created the attractions here wanted the biggest or the best, and knew how to get it. Their legacy includes Hampton Court Palace, built by Cardinal Wolsey in such extravagant style that Henry VIII took it for himself; Marble Hill House, the gilded showcase created for George II's mistress, Henrietta Howard; The National Archive, a dry name for a compelling assortment of national treasures such as Guy Fawkes' Confession or Shakespeare's Will; the Kew Bridge Steam Museum which used one of the biggest steam engines in the world to pump water from the Thames - or Fullers and Youngs, London's oldest breweries which still draw on the river to make their beer.

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River Thames

Richmond, Surrey, TW1-TW12

See location of River Thames on Google maps.See location on Google maps.     Map reference: TQ 179739
     Lat: 51.45264  Long: -0.30337
London's rural Thames is easily reached by public transport.
Trains: There are regular trains from London Waterloo and Clapham Junction and from the West via the Reading to Richmond service. There are many stations just a short walking distance from the river. There are also river boat services that operate here.
Underground: District line to Richmond Station.
Buses: 33, 490, H22, H37, R68, R70, 190, 337, 391, 419 (You can access different parts of the river by going to various locations in the Borough)
For further information please visit www.tfl.gov.uk

Parking : with charge