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Richmond is one of the jewels on the river Thames. A historic, town oozing with charm and character whether your taking in the fine houses that surround Richmond Green, including the wonderful Theatre, sitting by the river on a warm summerís day or walking up one of the steep hills to Richmond Park. If you want to live in one of the magnificent, huge Victorian Town houses that are on the slopes of the town or on the Green youíll need to have a fair bit of cash. This place is for the seriously wealthy.
The town itself is not big, it's on a human scale, you can walk around it in 20 minutes but it has most of the major high street shops and a number of boutique shops unique to the area. It is a town for relaxation and night life boasting many fine pubs and restaurants. Richmond Green is especially busy in the summer with people sitting out in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. A stroll along the river is a must and a sit down where you can watch the world go by.
To get to Richmond Park walk up the hill, past the Richmond Bridge on your right and up to Star and Garter hill. At the top of the Richmond Hill you get a magnificent view of the river sparkling in the valley below. Richmond Park itself is a fantastic place to explore, one of the biggest urban Parks in Europe, still pretty wild and unspoilt with deer and lots of places that are peaceful and secluded. Ideal for walks, picnics and a real escape from the hustle and bustle of London.
The Richmond area was a residence for the Kings of England as far back as the 13th Century. Henry VII finally built Richmond palace in 1501 named after his ancestral home, Richmond Castle in Yorkshire. Most of the Palace (pictured below) has now gone but there are still a few remaining structures.
Richmond has a good railway station in the heart of the town with frequent trains to London. Being on the river you can take a leisurely and scenic boat trip down to Hampton Court Palace or a trip up to Westminster. Both well worth the trip for a memorable and fascinating day out. If you like gardens and flowers then Kew Gardens is just at the other end of the town from Richmond Park and again makes for a great day out. All in all if you are visiting London, Richmond would make a good base with cheaper Hotel prices than London.