Richmond Park is a fabulous park that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Overshadowed by its central cousins, Hyde Park and Regents Park , the park in Richmond nonetheless offers visitors an enjoyable nature experience. Nevertheless, this expansive park is still worth the trip .
We have no objection to alcoholic drinks , but they must be available free of charge (i.e. not for sale), and for consumption by your guests only. And of course, alcohol must only be made available to persons over the age of 18.
Richmond Park is fully open to cyclists once again, five months after restrictions were put in place. Cycling in the popular west London green space has been limited since March, when park management banned people from riding through the park due to concerns about coronavirus.
Public Notices Richmond Park is open but there are some changes due to Covid. Please click here for the latest information. Car parks may be extremely busy during lockdown, especially on public holidays and at weekends, so we ask you to use alternative transport to access the park if you can.
approximately 2 – 2.5 hours
Walk Overview Explore London’s beautiful Richmond Park on this 7-mile circular walk through grasslands, woodland, heaths and the park’s iconic herds of red deer. Richmond Park is the largest of London’s Royal Parks and the capital’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest.
All buildings and substantially enclosed structures within The Royal Park estate are smoke -free areas. The Royal Parks ‘ playgrounds are primarily designed for children to enjoy and they are also designated as smoke -free.
Barbecues and open fires are not allowed in Richmond Park as they can damage the grassland and trees, and their wildlife, as well as being a safety risk. The Park’s veteran trees are very important to wildlife and the country’s heritage.
Alcohol-free zones apply to public roads and footpaths, while alcohol-prohibited areas apply to parks and civic spaces. Alcohol consumption is not permitted in these areas, and police have the power to confiscate alcohol. There are no fines associated with the offence.
Richmond Park is open to vehicles from 7:00 am in the summer and 7:30 am in the winter. Vehicle gates close at dusk all year round. Pedestrian gates are open 24 hours except during the deer cull in November and February. During these months, pedestrian gates open at 7:30 am and close at 8:00 pm.
No, the park entrance is free of charge. You may need to pay for the parking , if you want to leave your car inside the park and go for a walk. All London parks are free except for Kew Gardens which is worth the entrance fee because it holds the world’s biggest collection of plants.
Cycling is still banned in Richmond Park while pedestrians are allowed to use the green space.
Grass snakes are present in the park and, although a population estimate has not been conducted, juveniles are seen regularly and they therefore breed well. Like all reptiles they are ‘cold blooded’ which means they cannot regulate their own body temperature.
Parking is free of charge.
Since 1963 it has been the residence of Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy. The residence was originally built as two houses in 1673 for two Richmond Park Keepers, as Aldridge Lodge.