Richmond Park, at almost 1000 hectares (2500 acres), is the largest Royal Park in London and the royal connections to this park probably go back further than any of the others, beginning with Edward (1272-1307), when the area was known as the Manor of Sheen. The name was altered to Richmond during Henry VII's reign and is the park is now home to around 650 free roaming deer, as one of the borough's leading tourist attractions and nature trails.
The Richmond Park has a wide range of facilities on offer, including a playground at Petersham Gate and educational facilities for those with special needs at Holly Lodge. Toilets, including some for people with disabilities, are available. With the selection of food and refreshments from the places listed below, it makes for the perfect tourist attraction and you can easily plan a full day out in Richmond Park.
A varied range of sports are available in Richmond Park, from informal kickabouts to horse-riding to club rugby. At weekends and during holiday periods, the Park frequently attracts for tourists for informal sports. In season, the wooded areas and hill climbs in the Park offer unrivalled opportunities this close to Central London for orienteering and cross-country running. Sporting activities available in the park include:
Flora & Forna
Richmond Park is a site of both national and international importance for wildlife conservation. It is London's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest, a National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation. A selection of the types of wildlife found in the park are as follows:
Richmond Park in the borough of Richmond has changed little over the centuries and although it is surrounded by human habitation, the varied pastoral landscape of hills, woodland gardens and grasslands set among ancient trees abounds in wild life and offers a truly peaceful day out for visitors.
Richmond Park is open from 7am in the summer and 7.30 in the winter, and closes at dusk all year round.
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