Richmond is London’s city, has always been a popular and bustling neighborhood, and the main attraction is the extensive beautiful Richmond Park. This park is home to various plant species, wild animals, historical buildings, beautiful flowers, extensive history, and incredible viewpoints. Eventually, this is the most beautiful and world-famous park discovered by the crowds. So, while you plan to enjoy your vacation in London font forget to stop and walk around this sprawling landscape as this is one of the biggest parks in London.
Generally, Richmond park lies slightly in the further north and is surrounded by the famous district of Wimbledon, Kingston, and Ham. It is a large borough in the southwestern part of the city. Like other London neighborhoods, Richmond park also has its characteristics, charm, and own vibe. You can also check out this park if you are interested to know about the ecosystem of the animals and its go on.
So, the visit to this park is nothing but intimate yourself with nature. If you are a tourist, we may help you by sharing some useful information you need to know before the visit. Here I have listed the top 9 essential facts about this beautiful green space to take your enjoyment to the next level.
A small History of Richmond Park:
There are at least ten royal parks available in London, and Richmond Park is one of them. In the earliest centuries, generally, this royal park is held by royal families’ multiple relatives. As a continuation of this, King Charles moved from central London to Richmond to escape the plague’s outbreak in 1625. At that time, the land of Richmond opened for much deer life. That’s why the king enclosed the land and started to use this land as his hunting ground. But the locales were not pleased with the king’s activities.
In the early 20th century, King Edward VII started developing the park and made a fantastic public ground park. Along this park, multiple grounds are added for recreational purposes, such as a golf course. In 1965 Richmond park is officially announced, with a large portion of the area of London Borough. The land is shared in three ways with both Kingston and Wandsworth. So, I advise you to walk any of these boroughs today and see how they are connected to the park grounds.
A source of National Nature Reserve:
There is a public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, food, and rural affairs called National Natural Reserves declared England as Natural England. Because Natural England is in charge of improving and protecting England’s natural environment and helping the people understand the real beauty of the natural surroundings around them. Likewise, the Reserves determined that Richmond Park is an organization and recognized key places for natural beauty and wildlife in the country. That’s why they created vital protection areas of species, geological formations, and different habitat reside in the area. The reserves are also known as NNR’s, and mainly they are managed by non-government organizations to keep wildlife and natural beauty alive.
Its a Site of Scientific Interest:
England has a protected area called a Site of Especial Scientific Interest or an SSSI, and most of the regions of Richmond Park included in this site. As the site is broken down into geographical or biological SSSI, nearly 856 hectors areas have undergone this, designated in 1992 as London’s largest site. Another reason behind this is Richmond park is considered the royal deer park since the 17th century as it producing habitats of different wildlife habitats.
Plus, there is also deadwood beetle fauna, an ancient tree found in the parkland, and they thrived due to the efficient ecosystem. Additionally, the park also has the most significant light dry acid grassland area in the London area.
As Richmond Park is under especial Scientific Interest, it also has an Especial Area of Conversion known as SAC. The work of SAC is to protect the species and habitats in the Conversion or Directive area. It is designed to help nearly 220 habitats and more than 1000 species thrive in the environment.
Richmond park I not only best known for undulating grasslands, rivers, ponds, and the course of all deers, but if you head into the middle of the park, the Isabella Plantation, you will attract by it anyhow. There you will find burbling streams, riotously colorful flower gardens, hidden paths, and more extensive picnic-friendly lawns. It is most vivid to visit in late May, but you can pop at any time.
Oark’s famous deer:
Now come to the main attraction of Richmond park, and that is deer, oh dear. The park has over 600 majestic deer all around, and you can cover your ground with them when you eventually spot some. It is always good to stay at least 50 meters away during the month of May-July. Because of that time, mama deer become fierce to protect their babies and in the autumn also. Because in autumn, the male deer get lairy with another to impress the female deers. You can also take a camera and long lens to see the incredible David Attenborough impression of deer.
Run yourself or take a horse ride carriage:
If you like jogging and have a bit of exertion, then the 7.5-mile circular path is there at the park’s edge. The area is care-free, and it’s called Tamsin Trail. This place is perfect for cycling or running. So, if you have a running habit, you can quickly get there, but no problem if you don’t have any because you can hire a bicycle from the Roehampton Gate (near to the road) and continuously enjoy 3-4 hours for the price of $20-$30 max. It is to the mansion that riding time depends on the time of the year. So, if you are fortunate, you can enjoy these salubrious neighborhoods nearby, although it requires a bit of a journey. So, you can say this is a private London guide on a day-trip.
The other most exciting trip is horse riding, but this opportunity does not come more frequently. It has a handful of sessions in the Christmas season and in June only. So, if you are there at that time, perhaps you can book the fanciest place to explore horse riding for the expense of some dollars.
Visit the ornate Ham House:
Ornate HAM house is the lovely National Trust Property now available for your exploration. It is available for visitors since 1610 and basically a house made of HAM. So, for the $11 admission, you can visit Ham house and see various events, outdoor Shakespeare productions full of historical topics. You can also make a 20 minutes’ walk to reach the west side of Richmond Park and enjoy spiffing.
Visit a Cafe and pub in Richmond Park:
After that, riding and walking, entertain yourself with Richmond Park’s delicious cafes. Whether you are hoping for a hot drink or grab a light bite, it is all worth shop. The café called The Butler’s Pantry contains Pembroke Lodge and is located in an old beautiful Georgian building. The café is set with 10 acres of beautiful gardens. Originally, it was built as a molecatcher’s residence and began to expand and become an exquisite home for countless visitors. It’s a stunning café, and inside the café, there is a great selection of hot drinks, light bites, cakes, etc… The tea stall remains open from 9 am to 5 pm.
Another remarkable café is the Roehampton Café and its best for its serving meals like burgers and wood-fired pizzas. They also have a tasty breakfast and Dorset ice cream, which are particularly used for tempting.
Besides this, to make the weekends memorable and most enjoyable vexatious, the park has several standard high-quality pubs. So, if you want to avoid handover and want to spend some quality weekend after been working for the whole week, you will have lots of options like pubs. Therefore you can move to The New Inn, The Hand & Flower, the Lass Richmond Hill, and appreciate every moment.
King Henry’s Mound:
There are few places in London which you need to exquisite at any cost. Thus the view from King Hendry’s mound on the western edge of Richmond Park is such a type of this place. Although this is a burial ground, King Hendry’s mound is mostly known for its view of St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s 10 miles away and no far from the Pembroke Lodge. It is an elevated spot that offers beautiful views of London. So, on a sunny day, get both views and get some gorgeous photos of the mound and Cathedral. You can also use your binoculars to get a better view. So, visit two places King Henry’s Mound and St. Paul’s Cathedral, together and have a nice day.