Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

Kew Gardens

In 1759 botanists began rummaging around the world for specimens to plant in the 3-hectare Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. They never stopped collecting, and the gardens, which have bloomed to 121 hectares, provide th…
Top Choice Palace in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace

Built by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in 1514 but coaxed from him by Henry VIII just before Wolsey (as chancellor) fell from favour, Hampton Court Palace is England's largest and grandest Tudor structure. It was already o…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

London Wetland Centre

One of Europe’s largest inland wetland projects, this 42-hectare centre run by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust was transformed from four Victorian reservoirs in 2000 and attracts some 140 species of bird, as well …
Top Choice Notable Building in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

Great Pagoda

This 49.5m-tall eight-sided pagoda (1762), designed by William Chambers (who designed Somerset House), is one of Kew Gardens' architectural icons. During WWII, the pagoda withstood the blast from a stick of Luftwaff…
Top Choice Gardens in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace Maze

No one should leave Hampton Court without losing themselves in the 800m-long yew maze, included in entry; those not visiting the palace can enter via the gardens.
Park in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

Richmond Park

At almost 1000 hectares (the largest urban parkland in Europe), this park offers everything from formal gardens and ancient oaks to unsurpassed views of central London 12 miles away. It’s easy to flee the several ro…
Historic Building in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

Chiswick House

Designed by the third Earl of Burlington (1694–1753) – fired up with passion for all things Roman after his grand tour of Italy – this stunner of a neo-Palladian pavillion with an octagonal dome and colonnaded porti…
Historic Building in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

Marble Hill House

An 18th-century Palladian peach conceived as an idyllic escape from the hurly-burly of city life, this majestic love nest was originally built for George II’s mistress Henrietta Howard and later occupied by Mrs Fitz…
Historic Building in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

Ham House

Known as ‘Hampton Court in miniature’, much haunted redbrick Ham House was built in 1610 and became home to the first Earl of Dysart, unluckily employed as ‘whipping boy’ to Charles I. Inside it’s grandly furnished;…
Historic Building in Richmond, Kew & Hampton Court

Hogarth’s House

Home between 1749 and 1764 to artist and social commentator William Hogarth, this small house displays his caricatures and engravings, with such works as the haunting Gin Lane (and the less well-known, more affirmat…