COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Richmond

Travel Guide
Richmond featuring street scenes as well as a small group of people

Known for its gardens, theaters and galleries, this lush suburban town has been a popular royal retreat for centuries.

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.

Where to stay in Richmond

Richmond Hill Hotel
Richmond Hill Hotel
4 out of 5
144-150 Richmond Hill, Richmond, England
The price is Rs8,370 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Twickenham Stadium and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hampton Court Palace and Westfield ...
4.1/5Very Good! (980 reviews)
"Very pleasant place to stay in a fantastic location."

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2021

Richmond Hill Hotel
Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa
Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
152-158 Richmond Hill, Richmond, England
The price is Rs10,313 per night from 17 Aug to 17 Aug
Located in Richmond-upon-Thames, this spa hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Twickenham Stadium and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hampton Court Palace and Kensington ...
3.8/5Good! (411 reviews)
"Great location on Richmond Hill; (get the 371 bus in Richmond if you don't want to walk up the hill). Staff efficient but friendly; felt like a high class hotel but with the casual friendly feel of a family run hotel. Recently refurbished to a high standard"

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2021

Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa
Kew Gardens Hotel
Kew Gardens Hotel
3.5 out of 5
292 Sandycombe Road, Richmond, England
The price is Rs9,340 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in Kew, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Twickenham Stadium, Kensington High Street and Westfield London Shopping Centre. Natural History Museum ...
4.2/5Excellent! (130 reviews)
"Excellent location being 5 minutes walk from the tube and 15 minutes walk to Kew Gardens. On bus route to Richmond or use the tube. Staff very friendly and food excellent."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

Kew Gardens Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Citadines Barbican London
Citadines Barbican London
4 out of 5
7-21 Goswell Road, London, England
The price is Rs8,767 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Financial District, Museum of London, and Barbican Arts Centre. St. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,278 reviews)
"Great location, kitchenette facilities and fridge were a gods sent. Very compact room."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

Citadines Barbican London
Dolphin House Serviced Apartments
Dolphin House Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
Dolphin Square, Chichester St, London, England
The price is Rs9,290 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Located in London City Centre, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Hyde Park. London Eye and Piccadilly Circus are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,160 reviews)
"Great location and fair price. We had a bed sit style apartment which was ample big enough for two."

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2021

Dolphin House Serviced Apartments
Citadines South Kensington London
Citadines South Kensington London
4 out of 5
35A Gloucester Road, London, England
The price is Rs10,540 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington High Street, Kensington Gardens, and Imperial College London. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (901 reviews)
"Very friendly staff, clean room, good access to all shops"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

Citadines South Kensington London
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Richmond

Cities near Richmond