London is packed full of unexpected green spaces and stunningly beautiful royal parks, and Richmond Park is one of the most significant of these parks. It’s the ideal place to spend a few hours enjoying the calmer side of the capital. Read on for more of our top reasons to spend a day exploring historic Richmond Park…
1. Enjoy panoramic views
The park has many great vantage points from which you can get a fantastic view of the city, with King Henry’s Mound providing views of both Thames Valley and St Paul’s Cathedral. Ideal for sightseers and history lovers, this is reputed to be the spot where King Henry VIII stood during his wife Anne Boleyn’s execution at the Tower of London, awaiting the signal that the execution had been carried out. Whether this legend is true or not, we shall likely never know – but no new buildings are allowed to be built obstructing the view, and the area provides ample opportunities to take some great photos during your stay at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate.
2. Take a horse carriage ride around the park
What better way to see the sights than to enjoy a unique trip by horse-drawn carriage? This experience starts at Holly Ledge within the park, and the entire adventure is sixty minutes long. This includes a visit to the Richmond Park working stables. To add extra appeal, the proceeds from the carriage rides go towards conservation projects which help the working Shire horses in London’s royal parks.
3. Explore the Isabella Plantation
This 40-acre woodland garden is set within the park and was first planted in the 1830s. Opening to the public in 1953, today it offers incredible evergreen azaleas and ample ponds, with flora and fauna which peak in April and May each year. When staying at Hyde Park Paddington hotels this provides a fantastic space to commune with nature!
4. Get active with local sports
Richmond Park isn’t just a great place to head for relaxation during your visit to the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate; it’s also a space filled with opportunities to get more active. During the warmer months the park really comes alive with new sporting events for all the family to enjoy. Among the many sports which are enjoyed here are horse riding from the local stables, fishing (with a permit) and bicycle hire.
There’s also a 36-hole Golf course with a nearby coffee shop and restaurant, as well as rugby, power kiting and two playgrounds, catering to both smaller children (at the Kingston Gate Playground) and all ages (at the Petersham Gate Playground).
5. Attend an upcoming event
This scenic park always has lots of great events in the calendar, so to make the most of your visit it’s best to check what’s on and plan accordingly. There’s everything from guided walks to nature exhibitions and open days this summer – head to the official Richmond Park website to help plan your itinerary.