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Introduction . . .
Shopping facilities in Richmond are exceptionally varied, with its numerous high street shops and designer boutiques. The narrow lanes adjacent to Richmond Green are particularly interesting, with many small craft and book shops, as well as places to have a coffee or a drink.
Church Street in Twickenham is a narrow road, filled with restaurants, pubs and a wide range of shops selling antiques, gifts and local handicrafts.
Richmond Tourist Office in the Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP, Tel: +44 (0)20 8940 9125, is a mine of information on the many local attractions, whilst a visit to the Richmond Museum in the same building will bring to life the history of this unique part of London.
Eating out locally . . .
Lots of local restaurants - many within ten to fifteen minutes walk, offering a broad range of different cuisines and prices. Ask us for suggestions or click here for restaurant information. Dining out in Richmond Borough, you will find yourself spoilt for choice.
Historic buildings . . .
When Henry VII built a magnificent Royal Palace besides the River Thames, he named it after his favourite Yorkshire earldom. Very little of the original palace now remains, but fortunately many other local buildings survived the centuries and are now open to the public.
Of the historic
palaces and houses
of the area, undoubtedly the most impressive is
Court Palace, which has stood on
the banks of the Thames for over 500 years.
But no visit to Richmond is complete without taking time to visit the other famous houses in the area - the delightful Ham House, an outstanding Stuart House filled with rare 17th century furniture, now owned by the National Trust or Marble Hill House, which was built for Henrietta Howard, mistress of George II. A visit to the Twickenham Museum is also well worthwhile.
A short river-side stroll uncovers many beautiful gardens and open spaces, including the York House garden and the Baroque Octagon Room of Orleans House.
Slightly further afield is the impressive Osterley Park, whilst Chiswick House and Syon Park are both worth a visit. All have or are close to fine gardens, generally free and well worth a visit in their own right.
Parks and green spaces . . .
With the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, two Royal Parks and 21 miles of riverbank, the area is popular with walkers and ramblers.
Three hundred acres of magnificent gardens contain the finest plant collection in the world at Kew, recently designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Whether or not a garden lover, the Victorian and modern conservatories with plants and climatic conditions from rainforest to desert cannot fail to excite.
With nature still in mind, the Wetlands Centre in Barnes is also well worth a visit - over 40 hectares of re-formed lakes, ponds and marshes provide a natural habitat to thousands of wildfowl.
For the more energetic, a fifteen minutes' walk will bring you to beautiful Richmond Park, 2,500 acres enclosed by Charles I as a favoured hunting ground, where large herds of deer still wander freely, or visit the lovely Bushy Park close to Hampton Court Palace.
For a gentler (i.e. flat!) stroll, only two minutes walk, will enable you to access the Thames Path, running the whole length of the Thames. Wander down to a pub lunch in Teddington going west (about 30 minutes) or Kew going the other direction (about an hour, although the journey by car or bus takes just a few minutes!).
Walkers and cyclists . . .
The Thames Path, providing easily accessible walking access from the Cotswolds through to the Thames Barrier runs within 300 meters of 33 Arlington Road B&B.
The Thames Cycle Route through the Borough starts a Hampton Court Palace, passing the Teddington Lock on its way into Richmond Park. From there, it makes its way up to Barnes, skirting the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust and taking the riverside path to Putney.
Part of the London Cycle Network (Route 37) runs past 33 Arlington Road.
For garden lovers . . .
Apart from the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Richmond allows easy access to three absolutely vital visits for anyone with even the slightest interest in gardening - the Museum of Garden History, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley.
In addition, the area boasts a number of splendid gardens participating in the The National Gardens Scheme (the 'yellow book').
Richmond and its neighbouring boroughs are blessed with a good number of theatres, cinemas, clubs and other forms of entertainment. The Richmond Theatre is famous for its pre-West End productions. Try the following:
For sports lovers
The name Twickenham is synonymous with Rugby, and the internationally recognised home of English Rugby Union. For anyone with an interest in the sport, a visit to the Twickenham Rugby Ground and the Museum of Rugby is very worth while.
The Harlequins Rugby Ground is just across the A316 from the Twickenham Rugby Ground.
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