Richmond is one of London’s loveliest boroughs and is home to historic houses, compelling museums and unique shops. Wander down its cobbled streets, sip a pint while watching the sun set or take a relaxing cruise down the River Thames.

Be sure to visit Kew Gardens, a beautiful public park that has earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its extensive botanical collection. Take a look at the impressive 10-story pagoda and walk along the 59-foot (18-meter) high Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway. Admire the unique architecture of Palm House, which houses examples of most known palm species.

On the grounds of Kew Gardens, you’ll also find Kew Palace. This pretty red-brick residence is the smallest royal residence in the country. Take a look inside recreated Georgian rooms and discover the palace’s dark history as a retreat for the “mad” King George III.

Explore the beautiful neoclassical rooms of Syon House, which sits across the Thames from the Royal Botanic Gardens. The house has been the site of numerous noteworthy historical events over the years. It was where Henry VII's fifth wife Catherine Howard awaited her execution and where Lady Jane Grey ascended the throne in 1553. Admire the silk walls and Roman statues of the Red Drawing Room, as well as the pastel pinks and purples that color the ladies’ gallery.

Take the kids to Syon Park, which spreads across 200 acres (80 hectares) around the house. Designed by lauded landscape architect Capability Brown, the park includes a trout fishery, an adventure playground and other kid-friendly attractions. Check out the Great Conservatory, an impressive iron-and-glass dome constructed in 1820.

Go wildlife watching in Richmond Park, where more than 600 red and fallow deer roam freely within its 2,360 acres (955 hectares). The park encompasses Pembroke Lodge, which was once the childhood home of philosopher Bertrand Russell and has since been converted into a café. Don’t miss the views of St. Paul’s Cathedral from the park’s highest point, King Henry's Mound.

Travel by tube or train to Richmond. From April to October, the borough is also serviced by a river bus.

Known for

Cafes, Gardens and Historical Buildings

Where to stay in Richmond

Richmond-upon-Thames
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Richmond-upon-Thames

Sports, Gardens, Historical Buildings

Richmond-upon-Thames is a historic neighborhood that's popular for its cafés. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its friendly people and natural features. Many visitors come to bask in its beautiful outdoor settings, namely the gardens and riverfront.

Chiswick
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Chiswick

Museums, Friendly People, Dining

Chiswick is a welcoming neighborhood that's popular for its restaurants, cafés, and bars. You can experience the local shopping, or enjoy the natural beauty of the gardens.

Kew
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Kew

Gardens, Nature, Bars

Where the River Thames meanders through extensive parklands in this charming suburb you’ll find extraordinary floral displays and historic relics. 

Mortlake
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Mortlake

Gardens, Bars, Friendly People

A welcoming neighborhood, Mortlake offers a variety of options for bars and restaurants. Many visitors come for its beautiful outdoor settings, especially the gardens.

East Sheen
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East Sheen

East Sheen is a welcoming neighborhood.

Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside
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Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside

Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Top Hotels in Richmond

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Richmond Hill Hotel
4 out of 5
144-150 Richmond Hill, Richmond
$103/night
Jul 29 - Jul 30
4/5Very Good! (788 reviews)

"Loved it. Great location. Lots of outdoorsy activities."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2019

Richmond Hill Hotel
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Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
152-158 Richmond Hill, Richmond
$84/night
Aug 19 - Aug 20
3.7/5Good! (343 reviews)

"Studio room was excellent in terms of decor and quality of furnishings"…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa
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Petersham Hotel
4 out of 5
Nightingale Lane, Richmond
$113/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
4.3/5Excellent! (228 reviews)

"The service was outstanding. The food was excellent."…"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

Petersham Hotel

Popular things to do in Richmond

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

This spectacular UNESCO site is a gorgeous public park and an important center of botanical research. 

Kew Palace
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Kew Palace

Although the smallest royal residence in Britain, this lovely red-brick palace has a history that spans more than 400 years. 

Richmond Park
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Richmond Park

Spot the deer and other wildlife roaming the largest of London’s Royal Parks and stop for traditional tea in the historic lodge.

Orange Tree Theatre
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Orange Tree Theatre

A group of actors started this theater in the room of a pub but you’ll now find its productions in a much larger, theater-in-the-round venue.

Richmond Green
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Richmond Green

Jousting, archery and cricket are woven into the rich history of this active park, enclosed by some of Richmond’s most historic buildings.

Buckingham Palace
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Buckingham Palace

Britain’s most famous home, the luxurious personal residence and workplace of Queen Elizabeth II, is open to all.

Top activities in Richmond

Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels
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Tower of London Tickets with Beefeater Tour & Crown Jewels

$12

Get a firsthand look at more than 1,000 years of British royal history with a visit to the storied castle grounds at the Tower of London. Marvel at the glittering Crown Jewels and coronation regalia of monarchs past, and roam the ramparts with the famous Beefeaters who still protect the tower.

The London Eye Experience Tickets
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The London Eye Experience Tickets

$31

Fly high above the slow-moving waters of the Thames for a bird's-eye vantage point over London's historical landmarks and modern architecture. Take in far-reaching views of St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London on this relaxed revolution over the British metropolis.

London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$37

Zip around London town like a local on one of the city's iconic double-decker buses. Hop off to explore the city's historic sights and iconic architecture on foot, and glide down the River Thames on a sightseeing cruise to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the English capital.

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lunch

$119

Venture outside of London to soak up the history and culture beyond the city limits. Step onto the royal grounds of Windsor Castle early in the morning to avoid the crowds, ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge, and roam the UNESCO-listed stone streets of Bath after lunch in traditional English pub.

Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour
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Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

$122

The world of Harry Potter awaits. Explore the extravagant sets and props that helped bring the magic to life in the Warner Bros. films at the studio where Hogwarts and Diagon Alley were created for the big screen.

The London Pass®: Access to 80+ Attractions
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The London Pass®: Access to 80+ Attractions

$80

Access over 80 attractions including a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, while saving money. Visit cultural treasures like The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. No tickets, no hassle! The London Pass® is a sightseer credits package giving you access to over 80 top London attractions, tours and museums in 1,2,3,4,5,6 or 10 consecutive days.

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