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1 hour in Richmond

Richmond's beautiful riverside and the tranquil Iconic Vew from the top of Richmond Hill will cater for all tastes - from playful lively children to those who prefer some peace and quiet.

This itinerary is suitable for any time of the day although we have listed it here over lunch time.

Lunch

Take a walk along Richmond Riverside and follow the signs to Terrace Gardens.

Walk through Terrace Gardens, which are famous for their seasonal bedding, shrubberies, rockery and rose garden, set amongst fine trees and sloping lawns.

Turn to your right at the top of the gardens and see the Iconic View on Richmond Hill, protected by an Act of Parliament since 1902.

Stop for a coffee and a bite to eat at Tide Tables on the Riverside or the Hollyhock Café in the Terrace Gardens.
Richmond Riverside
Tide Tables
Terrace Gardens
Hollyhock Cafe

 

Lunch: Richmond Riverside

Address

next to Richmond Bridge
Richmond
TW9

Contact Details

Tel: 08456 122 660
Richmond Riverside is famous for lazy summer evenings and great for catching a bit of sun during the day. Flanked by bars and restaurants, it provides an ideal place to lounge on the many seats and lawn stretches. The Grade I listed Richmond Bridge, which is the oldest surviving bridge on the Thames in London, adds to the charm of this magical stretch of the riverside. It is London making a countryside impression.

Directions

Richmond Riverside is about 15 minute walk away from Richmond Station. Turn left after leaving the station, walk down the Quadrant and George Street, pass the Old Ship pub and turn right into Water Lane, which will take you down to the river. Richmond Bridge, Terrace Gardens and Petersham Meadows are all to the left from here (Kingston direction), while walking right will take you towards Kew Gardens and Central London.

Prices and opening

Free entry
Open all the time.
 

Lunch: Tide Tables

Address

2 The Arches
Richmond
TW9 1TH

Contact Details

Tel: 020 8948 8285
A wide range of herbal teas, fairtrade gourmet coffee, freshly squeezed organic juices and smoothies. Organic milk used. Wine and beer available - also organic.

Directions

Beneath Richmond Bridge.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesMon-Sat 9am-6pm
 

Lunch: Terrace Gardens

Address

Petersham Road
Richmond
Surrey
TW10

Contact Details

Tel: 08456 122 660
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. Between 2007 and 2009 The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames invested £1m in the refurbishment of the Gardens. The project included major upgrading of the infrastructure of the Gardens, new signage to reflect the historical, ecological and educational aspects of the Gardens, and repairs to furniture, features and artefacts. In addition, large areas of the Gardens were re-planted with a mixture of sustainable planting designed to look attractive but also be valuable to wildlife, as well as more traditional planting such as the Rose Garden and Herbaceous Border. Wildlife features such as Stag Beetle Loggeries, Dead Hedges and a Leaf Litter Sculpture were installed in the Woodland Garden and we also opened up spectacular views to the River Thames from within the Gardens which had become obscured over the years by vegetation.

The Gardens provide wonderful opportunities for walking among the mature trees, enjoying the formal and informal planting, having a picnic, being with nature, as well as sitting or reading and enjoying the views of the River Thames. There is also a café in the gardens which is open 7 days a week during daylight hours.

The gardens are on a steep slope and unfortunately step free access is not possible from the upper lawns up to Richmond Hill. Dogs are welcome in the Gardens, but must be kept on a lead at all times

Directions

The main entrance to the Gardens can be accessed from Richmond Riverside by crossing Petersham Road. You can also enter the Gardens from the gravel walk at the summit of Richmond Hill.

Prices and opening

Free entry

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesOpen 7 days a week by 7:30am Mon-Sat and by 9am on Sun and Bank Holidays
 

Lunch: Hollyhock Cafe

Address

Terrace Gardens
Petersham Road
Richmond
Surrey
TW10 6UX

Contact Details

Tel: 020 8948 6555
Hollyhock Cafe uses faitrade product and organic milk. Available for private functions.

Directions

Located in the Terrace Gardens, which can be accessed from Richmond Riverside by walking through an arch underneath Petersham Road a short walk away from Richmond Bridge, or from the summit of Richmond Hill. Access by foot or bicycle.

Prices and opening

£15 and Under

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesOpen every day during day light hours