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Things to do in Richmond

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Incredible park with wild deer that roam free - Take an Uber to get there (about £10) and walk around to see the stunning countryside and views. ”
  • 360 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Kew Gardens), London's largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Home to the world's most diverse collection of living plants and a scientific research centre of international renown, it's the perfect day out. ”
  • 283 locals recommend
Park
“Richmond Park, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, was created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park. The largest of London's Royal Parks, it is of national and international importance for wildlife conservation. The park is a national nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation and is included, at Grade I, on Historic England's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England. Its landscapes have inspired many famous artists and it has been a location for several films and TV series.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Fantastic park and stately home with play park, cricket pitch, wooded areas, river... Take a 15-minute cab.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Historic Site
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“Originally built in 1610, by a friend of King Charles I - take the ferry across the river from near Marble Hill House ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Theatre
“Check out the line-up for Richmond theatre on Richmond Green. You can walk along the river to get there and get a direct bus home (or vice verca)”
  • 37 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Mediterranean and British candlelit dining amid rich and eclectic vintage furnishings.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Blessed with hidden pathways and a beautiful array of flowers, Chiswick Gardens has inspired some of the most iconic parks and gardens, including Blenheim Palace and New York’s Central Park. Each January, they host the Magical Lantern Festival, an incredible display of light and colour.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Palace
“An amazing stately home owned by the Duke of Northumberland. Open in the summer only and we'll worth a visit. There's a discount for local residents too.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“The most beautiful country pub on the river. Great ales and beer, good wine list, the food is quite good too.”
  • 26 locals recommend
History Museum
“1000 years of history which has a museum highlighting its most famous exhibits..where you can see the Magna Carta and Guy Fawkes signed confession . Great for kids as there will be things there that they have studied...brings history alive for them”
  • 17 locals recommend
Entertainment
“This brilliant theatre is a charming river walk or a short, direct bus ride away in Richmond”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If it is superb Argentinian steak you are after this is the place, one of the few places to eat right on the river.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Garden Center
“Going to a Michelin-starred chef's restaurant within a garden centre isn't the first place that comes to mind as the obvious choice however it is a beautiful place, wonderful food and although expensive for a la carte lunches / dinners, there is also a more reasonably priced cafe for lunches and snacks during the day. Ex-michelin star chef, Skye Gyngell has been there for a while now after deciding that the michelin star was more of a curse than a blessing. Be warned, parking during the summer months, on weekend days can be a problem so I suggest parking up nearby and walking at weekends during the summer. Walking time is c.20 mins uphill to get there, but all downhill to get home!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Cinema
“Small cinema a few minutes walk from the flat where you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer whilst watching the show.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Anyone who loves seafood absolutely must visit this place. Overlooking the river and just a 5 minute walk it is so easy to get to but beware you will need to book in advance!”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Mediterranean and British candlelit dining amid rich and eclectic vintage furnishings.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“The most beautiful country pub on the river. Great ales and beer, good wine list, the food is quite good too.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If it is superb Argentinian steak you are after this is the place, one of the few places to eat right on the river.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Garden Center
“Going to a Michelin-starred chef's restaurant within a garden centre isn't the first place that comes to mind as the obvious choice however it is a beautiful place, wonderful food and although expensive for a la carte lunches / dinners, there is also a more reasonably priced cafe for lunches and snacks during the day. Ex-michelin star chef, Skye Gyngell has been there for a while now after deciding that the michelin star was more of a curse than a blessing. Be warned, parking during the summer months, on weekend days can be a problem so I suggest parking up nearby and walking at weekends during the summer. Walking time is c.20 mins uphill to get there, but all downhill to get home!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Anyone who loves seafood absolutely must visit this place. Overlooking the river and just a 5 minute walk it is so easy to get to but beware you will need to book in advance!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pub
“A fantastic atmosphere, menu and views of the Thames. Perfect for relaxing and watching the rowers.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pub
“Excellent outdoor space with a playground in the pub garden. Thursday night Open Mic. On sunny days it can get very busy so allow time. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“Great pub to sit by the river front and watch people go by and the tide come in and out.”
  • 18 locals recommend

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