The Thames is a major river that flows through London and other parts of Southern England. It is the longest river in Britain and the second in terms of length, after the Severn River. In 2010, the Thames won the world’s largest environmental prize – the $350,000 International Riverprize.
Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew is a UK public body, funded by the UK Government. An internationally renowned botanical research and educational institution, there is so much to see and do. Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced traveller, a trip to the Kew Gardens will amaze you.
Richmond Park (in Richmond upon Thames) was built by Charles I as a wildlife park in the 17th century. The largest of London’s Royal Parks, Richmond Park has a protected status as an important wildlife sanctuary and is also a national nature reserve, the largest area of special scientific interest in London, as well as a special European nature reserve.
Kew Palace is a regal building in Kew Gardens, situated on the banks of the River Thames. Originally a widespread complex, only a small number of elements have survived. Dating back to 1631, the palace was built in the undercroft of a previous structure and was last royally occupied between 1728 and 1818, with a final brief occupation in 1844.
Ham House is truly a unique treasure of the seventeenth century. One of Stuart’s great houses, it is located 10 miles from central London on the banks of the River Thames. It was described by The National Trust as “unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th-century style and authority.”
Marble Hill House is a European-style villa built in the 1720’s in Twickenham, Richmond upon Thames. Also Known as Marble Hill Park, it was home to Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk. It offers many recreational facilities, including rugby and hockey courts, cricket pitch and nets, tennis courts and a children’s playground.
Commissioned in 1982 to replace a group of 26 smaller buildings that had expired, the large Princess of Wales winter garden creates ten climate zones under one roof. Under its slanted glass roof, visitors can wander among the Malagasy baobabs, see the orchids of Central American vanilla and watch the Asian carnivorous plants eating flies.
Situated along the banks of the River Thames, Richmond Palace was a royal residence in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In 1500, a year before the construction of the new Richmond Palace began, the name of the town of Sheen (which developed around the royal residence) was changed to ‘Richmond’ at the behest of Henry VII.
The Treetop Walkway is 200 metres long and 18 metres above the ground, allowing visitors to discover the complex ecosystem of trees, as well as a fascinating world of birds and insects, lichens and fungi.
Made with over 400 tons of weathered steel, the rusty steel columns blend in harmony with the natural environment.
Richmond Bridge is an 18th-century vaulted stone bridge that crosses the Thames in Richmond, linking the two halves of what is now Richmond-upon-Thames in London. It was designed by James Paine and Kenton Couse. Built between 1774 and 1777, the bridge replaced a crossing that connected the central-eastern city of Richmond with the East Twickenham district to the west.
The current Richmond Theatre is a Victorian theatre, located on Little Green. It was opened on September 18, 1899 and is one of the best surviving illustrations of the legacy of architect, Frank Matcham. A red bricked, terracotta building, it is classified as Grade II by Historical England.
The Richmond Museum is situated in the old Richmond Town Hall, near the Richmond Bridge.
A sovereign museum, it was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988. It is listed as a charity and extensively supported, including by Thames Borough council.
The Shirley Sherwood Botanical Art Gallery opened on April 19, 2008 in Kew Gardens. It is named after Shirley Sherwood, a British writer, botanist and philanthropist. It is the first gallery of its kind and dedicated exclusively to worldwide botanical art. Sherwood has been described as a “driving force in the revival of interest in botanical art.”
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace, located 19km southwest and upstream of central London, on the banks of the Thames. The construction of the palace began in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Together with the Palace of St James, it is one of the only two palaces that remain amongst the many properties of King Henry VIII.
Wembley is the English National Stadium, located in North London. It was re-opened in 2007 after being closed since 2000 for refurbishment. The stadium plays host to important football matches, including all fixtures of the English national football team and the FA and League Cup finals. The stadium is currently the temporary home of Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur.