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Richmond Park – The Largest Royal Park

Located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Richmond Park is close to Richmond, Ham, Kingston Upon Thames, Wimbledon, Roehampton and East Sheen. It was created by Charles I as a deer park in the 17th century. It has significant national and international importance in the field of wildlife conservation and is a national nature reserve. It is the largest of London’s Royal Parks and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. It is included, at Grade I, on Historic England’s Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England. It has stunning landscapes that have inspired many famous artists and several films and TV series have been shot here.

Richmond Park has an old Royal connection that dates back to Edwards (1272-1307) when the area was known as Manor of Sheen while the present name of Richmond Park came up during the reign of Henry VIII. Ever since that time, very little has changed although there is human habitation all around it but there is still plenty of wild life, fantastic landscapes of hills, woodland gardens and grasslands in the backdrop of ancient trees.

If you wish to enjoy afternoon tea, it would be best to read the Park Grand Lancaster Gate Afternoon Tea Reviews that will give you a fair idea of the excellence of the hotel’s tea offerings.

There is a high wall all around Richmond Park with several gates that either allow pedestrian and bicycle access only or they allow bicycle, pedestrian and other vehicle access. However, motor vehicle access is allowed only during daylight hours and the speed limit is 20 mph. No commercial vehicles except taxis and those that are used to transact business with residents of the park are allowed entry to the park.

Visitors desiring to see the park should stay at a Hotel Near Paddington Station as they will be located close to the Park and will get easy connectivity to other attractions of the city.

Richmond Park offers many leisure activities such as cycling and the best cycle track is the Tamsin trail which is entirely car-free but is shared between pedestrians and cyclists. From mid-June to mid-March you can indulge in fishing on Pen Ponds for which you need a paid permit. At the Richmond Park Golf Course, accessed from Chohole Gate, you can play golf and if you are interested in horse riding, you can get horses from several local stables. Rugby can be played in a section of the grassland to the north of the Roehampton Gate which is maintained and laid out during the winter months for this purpose. There are three pitches but at weekends, the Rosslyn Park Rugby Football Club hires out the area extensively. If you wish to jog, you can use the Tamsin Trail which is a popular 7.2 miles trail around the park. For kids, there are children’s playgrounds at Kingston Gate and Petersham Gate.

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