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a great park
Member Name: ajbluestar
Date: 16/07/12, updated on 16/07/12 (42 review reads)
Advantages: lots to do and see
Disadvantages: can get very busy
Richmond Park covers an area of 2500 acres and is the largest of the royal parks in London. It is also the largest enclosed space in London.The Park is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve. The park is well known for its deer which inhabits it. There are around 650 in total (red and fallow). There is plenty to do either on foot, by car or on a bike. The park is open from 7am in the summer and 7.30am in the winter. It closes at dusk all year round.
The park itself
When visiting the park we entered via the Roehampton Gate. There are quite a few different entrances on different sides of the park with various (6) car parks also. The park is in close proximity to Richmond, Ham, Kingston upon Thames, Wimbledon, Roehampton and East Sheen. There is also access via various public transport routes by both bus and train.
By the Roehampton gate, there is a café which served a wide range of items including snacks, drinks, sandwiches and ice creams. The café also has both indoor and outdoor seating. As it was a nice day, we thought it would be a good idea to hire bikes to ride around the park. You miss a lot when going around the park by car and it takes a long time to walk around the whole park so a bike seemed to be the best option. We didn't take our own bikes so used the bike hire service in the park which is controlled by a company called Park Cycle and they are open from 10am until 7pm on weekends and school holidays and from 10am until 5pm on weekdays outside holidays. This wasn't very cheap (about £9) but as it was a nice day it seemed to be the best way to cover the whole park.
Other significant places of interest in the park -
Pembroke Lodge is described as a beautiful Georgian mansion set in 13 acres of landscaped grounds. It also has some great views from the outside garden. It is also used for events as well as having a restaurant and is also licensed to sell alcohol.
Another attraction is King Henry's mound which is located in the gardens of Pembroke lodge and offers spectacular views of the surrounding area including the likes of St Pauls cathedral .
The Isabella Plantation is another place of interest with a wide range of plants in a woodland garden.
There is also a golf course and a playground area which is handy for kids especially.
This is a great park with something for everyone. You can walk around, run, cycle and also have a bite to eat. You would not think you were in London when first inside the park and it is a real escape from the hustle and bustle of normal London. It can get quite busy at times especially if the weather is good. I visited this park before the recent bad weather so it was really pleasant then. The Park has now become one of my favourite parks. It is a park I have only discovered recently but it is a spectacular park and one that I would visit more often if I had the chance. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in and around London. I would give it 5 out 5 dooyoo stars.
Summary: a great park