Richmond Park is the largest of the Royal Parks, occupying some 2,500 acres. There are hundreds of red and fallow deer roaming free across it, presumably much happier without having to listen out for the 'View halloo!' of one of Henry VIII's hunting parties. Within the park's bounds are the Palladian splendour of White Lodge and Pembroke Lodge, childhood home to philosopher Bertrand Russell and now a café. From the park's highest point, there are unobstructed views of St Paul's Cathedral, over 12 miles in the distance.
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Richmond Park is a perfect place to lose yourself. The beauty of it lies in its suddenness - the Priory road entrance is so well-hidden that you turn a corner and suddenly it's there.
Reaching across miles of well-kept greenery, this park is a little bit like Narnia. From large, shady trees you can suddenly end up in the Japanese garden; deer roam freely as you walk about, and you can easily forget about the outside world once you lose the concrete road (perfect for cyclists).
This park has got something for everyone - the only downside is that it's so far out that it's definitely a day trip if you're not south west London-based. But it's certainly worth it!
Richmond Park makes you realise how special London is. Beautiful stags right on your doorstep, miles of greenery, and stunning flora in the Isabella plantation. This is one of my favourite places in the world - I just wish it was more readily accessible without a car!
It’s hard to believe such simple serenity could be sought just twenty minutes from the city! Finding a nice sunny patch of long grass to sit, picnic, and watch the deer is the ideal set up – it’s the perfect way to escape the crowds and get back to nature. Add the bold splash of colour from the beautiful flowers in the Isabella Plantation and the calming feel of the Pen Ponds (both within the park) and you’ve got the perfect, scenic daytrip!
We always get a Santander bike from Putney and ride to the park – it means you can cover more ground, go in search of more deer and access areas cars can’t.
(Here's a photo my boyfriend @TrentNattrass snapped of me with the deer!)
Richmond Park is on the very outskirts of London, however reasonable easy to get to by tube or National Rail. Created for Henry VIII hunting parties it is filled with deer that roam around the entire park. It is the perfect place to take the dog for a walk, though keep an eye with stags around. Richmond town isn't far away, but both the park and the town can get very busy during holidays and weekends. Well worth and trip to see some amazing sights and enjoy the opportunity to be out of the city for a day.
My favourite place in London, my happy place, the place where I have trained for two marathons, spotted countless celebrities, met Rudolph, enjoyed picnics, watched the sunset and enjoyed children testing out new toys at Christmas. This place is worth a visit no matter what time of year.
6am: riding my bike through Richmond Park on my way to work is the best start to a working morning, with the deer, the Jay birds and the sunrise. Heaven in the city.
Simply the biggest and most beautiful park of London. Nothing compares or comes close to its blooms in summer, it's wild woodlands and unbeatable views on a snowy day.
Just stunning, whatever the weather. A constantly changing wildlife-haven that it is a privilege to have access to, and all just a few miles from the city centre. The daily walk with the dog here is what keeps me sane. Head to the middle if you want some peace and quiet; don't go too close to the deer (there's a reason why you won't see the locals trying to cuddle them...) and treat yourself to the best bacon sarnie for miles from Pete's trailer by Pen Ponds car park.
The vast expanse of this outrageously beautiful park with wild and cultivated areas belies the intimacy of it. We locals love to keep it of the beaten track. Just love this park!
Are you a dog and is your name Fenton? If yes, you will enjoy this park. Are you a human? If yes, you will also enjoy this park. Lovely scenery, all the deer around you could ever hope to chase, lakes, the Isabella Plantation, amazing for riding your bike around either on the dirt tracks around the outside or on the relatively quiet roads, skating, picnics, the park has it all. Take a short stroll from here to the Thames and have a walk by the river to Richmond town centre - lovely.
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