The name itself rings of something sumptuous... a 'must see' :)
The Isabella Plantation is quite close to where we live. It is within Richmond Park.
It is a separate, gated off area within the park, that has a delightful array of flora, fauna, bird life, ponds, ducks (yes, that type of bird too!), a bog garden, little bridges and stone walks and paths.
This year marks its 50th anniversary, which is quite something!! It is a mature woodland garden, one where it is easy to run away into fantasy land, away from the real world.
The garden is managed organically, with the utmost of love and care, which is so apparent in every angle of the paths, and the array of colour within the plant life, to mention but a couple of things.
One huge plus visiting Kingston is the glorious Richmond Park close by (about a 15 minute drive when the traffic is good!), with it's incredible beauty.
It is a National Nature Reserve, is a Grade 1 Listed landscape and is London's biggest Site of Special Scientific Interest.
It is a nice, large park (covers 2,358 acres) with some hidden gems, like the Isabella Plantation and two large families of deer.
We often take a drive here and spend hours here, walking, cycling, bird watching, having tea or a picnic.
Whether it is summer, winter, or the seasons imbetween, this park offers to the visitor, an escape from city life, and this is much appreciated!
One thing that is really lovely about living in London is that one can be in the midst of the concrete jungle the one minute, and amongst the beauty and serenity of nature the next.
Bushey Park is less well known than the other Royal Parks. It adjoins Hampton Court and owes its present grandeur to William III's gardeners, London and Wise. A wide and majestic avenue of triple rows of horse chestnut trees runs through the park. It encloses a large round pool designed by Christopher Wren with a statue of Diana by Francesco Fanelli. Fallow deer graze under the trees in the park. 1068 acres
Bushey Park, Park Road, Richmond, London,
Opening Dates and Times:
Open dawn to dusk
Public Admission: Entrance free
Lots of rides and a fun day out for everyone.
At Chessington there is also lots of Animals to see such as Lions, Tigers, Penguins, seals and many more.
Chessington is situated 12 miles from London on the A243, just 2 miles from the A3 and M25 (junction 9 or 10). Car parking is free.
From the South, take M25 junction 9
From the North, take M25 junction 10
From London, take the A3 to Hook - Chessington is signposted on the A243
Regular South West Train services run from Waterloo, Clapham Junction and Wimbledon. Take the train to Chessington South Station. The park is approximately 10 minutes walk from the station.
Chessington is served by a regular bus service. Take the 465 bus from Kingston to Chessington, or the 467 bus from Epsom to Chessington
For more information call the Travelline on 0870 608 2608.
LEGOLAND Windsor has over 50 fantastic rides and attractions.
Legoland Windsor is on the B3022 Windsor/Ascot road just two miles from Windsor town centre. It's easily reached via the M25 and clearly signed from the M3 (Junction 3), M4 (Junction 6) and all approach roads. Parking is free, however there is preferred parking for those who wish to park closer to the entrance, at the cost of £5 for guest and £2 for Annual Pass holders per visit.
Just half an hour from London Paddington to Windsor & Eton Central, via Slough; or direct from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside, with a bus service to the Park from stops close to both stations. Money saving packages to LEGOLAND Windsor are available which include LEGOLAND admission, rail travel and shuttle bus. These inclusive tickets are available from most major stations in mainland Britain or through Rail Telesales and accredited travel agents.
For train times and fares, call 08457 48 49 50. (24 hrs, call may be recorded, local call rate applies). For more information and details from either South West Trains or Thames Trains stations, see www.Southwesttrains.co.uk or www.thamestrains.co.uk.
Thorpe Park brings you more than ever before. There's the Lost City, Neptune's Kingdom, Atlantis, Calypso Quay, Canada Creek, Ranger County, Amity Cove, Octopus' Garden and Thorpe Farm.
Great fun if you like exciting rides and roller Coasters.
Coming By Car
Thorpe Park is within easy reach of London. From the M25 take junctions 11 or 13* and follow signs via A320 to Thorpe Park. Car parking is free.
Coming By Train
Regular South West trains run from Waterloo direct to Staines. The 950 shuttle link operates from Staines station to the Park running every half hour. Trains also run regularly from Reading and Guildford to Staines Station.
Call 08457 48 49 50 for Railtrack timetables or visit Qjump.co.uk. Discover Southwest Trains Special offers and Fare discounts to Thorpe Park.
Coming By Bus
Staines Bus station is a 5 minute walk from the railway station. Buses depart from Stand 2.
From Woking take the 436/437/426 to Thorpe.
From Staines take 551 to Thorpe Park main road.
From Cobham take the 561 to Thorpe (one way).
For more information call the Travelline on 0870 608 2608.
Coming By Coach
There is a coach service from Victoria to Staines.
The Maze at Hampton Court, the royal palace on the Thames to the west of London, is probably the most famous hedge maze in the world.
With over 500 years of royal history, Hampton Court Palace has something to offer visitors, from the magnificent State Apartments to the domestic reality of the Tudor Kitchens. Costumed guides and audio tours bring the palace to life and provide an insight into how life in the palace would have been in the time of Henry VIII and William III. The Palace also has a programme of special events throughout the year.
Getting there :
Road: The palace is located on the A308 close to the A3, M3 and several exits of the M25 London Orbital. Parking is available.
Train: Trains run twice an hour direct from London Waterloo to Hampton Court Station. The journey time is only 32 minutes and the palace is a 2-minute walk from the station.
River launch: River launches run from Westminster, Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston-upon-Thames.
Underground: Take the District Line to Vauxhall or Wimbledon to pick up the overland train to Hampton Court Station. Alternatively, take the District Line to Richmond, then the R68 bus from Richmond station direct to the palace.
Bus routes: 111, 216, 411, 415, 416, 431, 451, 461, 513, 727 and R68.
ok so down the portsmouth road there is a church which scares the hell out of me.
pretty much every night at a quarter past midnight its bell rings 6 times, then 6 times, then 6 times.
i think its the saint raphael church, and its by the junction of portsmouth road and surbiton road. go see for yourself.