The London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames is an ideal day out for the whole family.
Not only do you get away from the crowded tourists jaunts of the city, but it’s also one of the greenest, and dare I say, prettiest boroughs in the city.
What’s more, there are so many travel ideas in Richmond-upon-Thames for the whole family, and this post will highlight the many activities to help keep boredom at bay.
Hampton Court Palace
Start the day with a visit to the iconic Hampton Court Palace. Henry VIII’s palace is more than just a lesson in history. It has many family activities to keep kids and parents equally happy.
Don’t forget to collect a free family audio guide from the information centre, which is suitable for children aged 6 and over.
The palace always has an active events calendar, with activities sure to entertain your brood. Along with a family trail, there are costumed tours as well as an onsite family room. It's great for occupying younger visitors, and gives parents a little breathing room.
Hampton Court’s also home to an outdoor maze; perfect for children big and small! The whole family’s bound to have fun getting lost in the hedges, and will mark the start of a great day out.
After a morning of exploring Hampton Court Palace, what better to relax than with a slice of fresly baked pizza. For a mouthwatering range of pizzas and freshly baked bread, the kids will love Ruben's Bakehouse.
They serve sourdough pizza baked in a wood fired oven. Save space for afters, as they also dish up a good selection of homemade cakes.
Richmond Park is the largest of all London's Royal Parks, and whose original intention was as a deer park. Today, it’s home to many deer (630 Red and Fallow varieties) as well as other wildlife such as kestrels, owls, and foxes.
The kids will surely love the open wide spaces to run around in, making it an ideal destination for picnics and wildlife watching too.
Take the children on an adventure trail inside the Isabella Plantation. It’s a 40-acre woodland garden full of azaleas, rhododendrons, and trees. The plantation was first opened to the public in 1953, and is open all year round.
Choose from one of the 4 colour-coded trails. Each vary in length, and the ponds in the plantation along with the many woodland areas are great for keeping children entertained.
Danieli on the Green
Let’s face it, even with the days getting cooler, kids will never say no to ice cream. And at this Italian shop, they serve up a mean gelato.
Danieli on the Green overlooks Richmond Green giving an idyllic view while you wolf down your cold treats. The shop also sells good quality chocolates, and even caters to people with dietary requirements, including several sugar free options.
Orleans House Gallery
Orleans House Gallery is an art gallery especially popular among local residents and visitors. It hosts both art exhibitions as well as many activities for adults and children to enjoy.
On Sundays, they have ‘Sunday Afternoon Art’; a drop-in session specifically for children and parents to get creative.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a family-friendly attraction with plenty of iconic buildings and glasshouses for the family to explore.
Kids are sure to love walking atop the treetop walkway to explore the many trees and gardens below. It stands at 18m high and 200m long, giving you the opportunity to observe nature and wildlife at closer range.
End the day’s festivities on something sweet at The Farmery. This local creamery sits on Richmond High Street, and is a firm favourite with residents and visitors alike.
Sink your teeth into one of their freshly baked Belgian waffles served with fat free frozen yoghurt.
It’ll be one meal that the whole family won’t find difficult to finish!