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Centrally located in Richmond, the Richmond Park Hotel is close to Richmond Bridge and on the banks of the famous River Thames.
Within close proximity of the hotel are many Historic Houses and Parks.




Richmond Park: This 2,500 acre park was enclosed in 1637 by King Charles I as a favoured hunting ground. Large herds of red and fallow deer wander free in the magnificent woodland which was designated a National Nature Reserve in 2000. The Royal Ballet School is based within the park.

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Richmond Bridge: This bridge was built between 1774 and 1777, as a replacement for a ferry crossing which connected Richmond town centre on the east bank with its neighbouring district of East Twickenham to the west. Its construction was privately funded by a tontine scheme, for which tolls were charged until 1859.
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Hampton Court Palace: Experience a magical history tour back through 500 years of history. Discover the intrigue of life at court as costume guided tours, sound guides and family trails bring the palace to life.

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Royal Botanic Gardens & Kew Palace: From the elegant Palm House to the modern Princess of Wales Conservatory, the exotic Pagoda and the Temperate House, the gardens contain the finest plant collection in the world.

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London Wetland Centre: A unique attraction offering a spectacular wetland landscape of lagoons, lakes, ponds and pools. A third of the reserve is protected for the hundreds of species of wild bird that stop off to roost, nest or feed during their seasonal migratory journey.

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Syon Park House: The London home of the Duke of Northumberland, Syon's magnificent 18th century interior was designed by Robert Adam. The Parkland was landscaped by Capability Brown and the Great Conservatory provided the architectural inspiration for Crystal Palace.

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Sport & Leisure: In sport and leisure pursuits, Richmond upon Thames is particularly well served.
Twickenham is a name synonymous with rugby union where the first match, played in 1909, featured local rivals Richmond and the Harlequins. London Scottish and London Welsh are also based in the borough, as are a host of smaller amateur clubs.
Each year the sporting spotlight falls on Mortlake with the Oxford and Cambridge boat race - indeed rowing, canoeing and sailing are extremely popular pastimes on the River Thames.
Richmond Park (ten minutes walk) has two golf courses and several horse riding centres where both novice and experienced riders can trot and canter across the expanse of the Park - dodging the deer of course.
Richmond town boasts several Health and Fitness clubs offering: tennis and squash courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, aerobics classes, saunas, spas, solariums.

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Guided Walks: The best way to the heart of the borough is through the eyes of an experienced local guide. The Richmond upon Thames Society of Voluntary Guides organises regular daily walks throughout the summer covering general or specialist themes. Alternatively, hire an audio tour covering Richmond town centre from the Richmond Information Centre.

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The River: Take a leisurely boat trip on the river, sailing from Richmond to Teddington Lock, Kingston and beyond to magnificent Hampton Court Palace. For the more energetic, hire a rowing boat near Richmond Bridge or Marble Hill House.

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Theatre: A lively cultural calendar offers the finest entertainment outside central London with many West End shows previewing at Richmond Theatre and the exciting theatre 'In the Round' at the Orange Tree Theatre.

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Exhibtions, Galleries & Museums: There are innovative exhibitions at the Landmark Arts Centre throughout the yar and at Orleans House Gallery which also holds a fine collection of paintings from 18th century to the modern day. The Museum of Richmond has fascinating temporary exhibitions

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Kew Archives: One of the most important botanical reference sources in the world, Library, Art & Archives contains more than half a million items, including books, botanical illustrations, photographs, letters and manuscripts, periodicals, biographies and maps. During the 160 years of the library's history (it came into being through the bequest of the library of William Arnold Bromfield in 1852), material has been acquired by gift, purchase and exchange.

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Events: Hugely popular festivals, events and shows, mainstream and art house cinema and specialist workshops offer variety throughout the borough during the year. Details can be found at www.richmond.gov.uk

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Shopping: A few minutes away from the hotel is Richmond's main shopping area offering an enticing mix and bringing together op designer names with small specialist and antique shops.
If you would prefer to take things at a slower pace, Richmond also provides some relaxing alternatives - why not hire a rowing boat and float down the Thames; have a cool drink or a meal at a riverside pub; stroll along the river banks; or just sit and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful landscape surrounding the hotel.

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Central London with all its attractions is but forty minutes tube ride from the nearby Richmond Station, or twenty minutes by car.
 
   
 
 

                              

 

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