English Tourism Week: Marble Hill House

History and Heritage

For over 500 years Richmond upon Thames has been a favourite retreat of the Royalty and has been associated with the rich and famous from the past and present.

There are many magnificent historic buildings in and around the borough to choose from, prepare to be transported back in time to the Tudor, Stuart or Georgian times.

Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf Stephen (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer. She is considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device.

Her and her husband Leonard lived in Hogarth House (Paradise Road, Richmond, TW9 1SE) and founded Hogarth Press there.

Her husband Leonard Sidney Woolf was a British political theorist, author, publisher, and civil servant.

You can visit her statue seen below along Richmond Riverside!

Blue Plaques

Blue Plaques are a permanent sign installed in public place to honour a link between the location and a famous person or event. All blue plaques in Richmond upon Thames are erected by the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission on buildings in Greater London associated with famous people.

Have a walk around the borough and see how many you can find!

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Hampton Court Palace

Discover the home of Henry VIII at the world famous Hampton Court Palace, it's a Grade I listed Palace and is open to the public and is a major London tourist attraction. Surrounded by amazing gardens on the banks of the River Thames, it was the residence of Henry VIII, Mary II and other royals from around 1500 to the first half of 18th century. Throughout the year many events and festivals are hosted in the palace's Home Park and on the grounds.

Strawberry Hill House and Garden

268 Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, TW1 4ST

Explore Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival Architecture and interior decoration. Home to Horace Walpole who in the 18th century transformed the building into ‘a little gothic castle.’ Strawberry Hill House and Garden have been open to visitors for over 250 years and is home to an increasingly important collection of paintings and objects.

Ham House

Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, TW10 7RS

Sitting on the banks of the River Thames Ham House a unique 17th century treasure trove. Duchess of Lauderdale and her husband, the Duke transformed Ham House into one of the grandest Stuart houses in England. Ham House is internationally recognised for its superb and unique collection of paintings, furniture and textiles.

Due to reopen at Kew Gardens:

Kew Palace

Kew Palace is the oldest building within the Kew Gardens, serving as the summer home of King George III in the 18th century. The striking façade of the palace reflects its origins. Constructed in 1631 for a wealthy Flemish merchant, Samuel Fortrey, it was originally known as the Dutch House. 

Reopening - 29 March 

Queen Charlotte’s Cottage

Queen Charlotte's Cottage sits at the opposite edge of the Gardens from Kew Palace, tucked away in one of London's finest bluebell woods, part of which is over 300 years old.

The Great Pagoda

Reach the heights of the Great Pagoda and marvel at spectacular views across London. The Great Pagoda was one of several Chinese buildings designed for Kew by Sir William Chambers, who had spent time travelling and studying the architecture of East Asia.




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