Historical Event:King's Observatory open to the public at King's Observatory

Historical Event, Mon 27 Sep - Thu 18 Nov 2021

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Old Deer Park,

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 27 Sep - Thu 18 Nov King's Observatory open to the public


The King’s Observatory, located in the Old Deer Park, Richmond Surrey, was commissioned in 1769 by King George III. It’s arcadian setting in just under 7 acres must be one of the most beautiful properties in the London area.

The house has an interesting history. King George III, who at the time had his country retreat in nearby Richmond Lodge and had only recently ascended to the throne, wished to create an impressive park for his private use. With this goal in mind, he acquired and demolished existing buildings at the hamlet of West Sheen on the extreme West of the Old Deer Park. These buildings then stood where the great Carthusian Monastery – built on the orders of Henry V in 1414 – had once commanded the landscape prior to being partially dismantled during the dissolution of the monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII and later completed under Queen Elizabeth 1.

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 27 Sep - Thu 18 Nov 2021
10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.30pm
No afternoon in November


£15.00; concessions £10.00


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Map reference: TQ 174760  Lat: 51.47125 Long: -0.30989