Getting to Richmond
The easiest way to get to Richmond is by tube or train. Richmond station is located at the end of one branch of the District Line (green line). If you are coming from central London, you may need to change trains at Turnham Green - just make sure you are on a Richmond train, not Ealing Broadway (they leave from the same platform).
If you are coming from Ealing Broadway direction, you will also need to change trains at Turnham Green, crossing over to the other platform for the Richmond Train.
You can also catch Southwest Trains to Richmond. There is a regular service which departs from Waterloo station. The 'express' trains (which stop only at Clapham Junction) make the journey as quick as 17 minutes from Waterloo to Richmond. The 'slow' trains take around 30 minutes.
Silverlink trains also have a service that terminates in Richmond. Silverlink trains start in East London, travel across the top of London and end up in Richmond. Again, there are different services, so you may have to change trains somewhere like Willesden Junction, making sure you are on a Richmond train.
There are also several bus lines that drive through Richmond. Some of the options are the 65, which travels to/from Ealing - Kingston, via Richmond. There is also the 391, which travels between Richmond and Fulham, driving past Kew Gardens station. From Hammersmith you can catch the 33 or 391.
There is not a huge amount of parking available in Richmond, so public transport is the best option if possible. If you drive, there is a parking station next to the train station, and a couple of others around town - follow the signs.
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Many transport links between Richmond & London
Tube and mainline trains from Richmond to London are excellent.14 mins.fast trains to Waterloo run frequently,as well as stopping trains,calling at Clapham Junction,Putney,etc.
Buses around the local area are excellent too,going to Twickenham,Hounslow,Putney,Hammersmith,Hampton Court,Kew Gardens,etc.,etc.
It's an ideal place to stay for visiting other areas.There are many B.&Bs and hotels.It's nice to come back out to leafy Richmond after a day in London.
Boat trips to London from Richmond
Large pleasure cruisers run from Richmond,going up the Thames to Westminster and Greenwich,stopping at South Bank for Tate Modern.
Down river you can go to Teddington Lock and Hampton Court.Takes about an hour-beautiful trip,passing Marble Hill House,Ham House,Eel Pie Island(remember 60s music?).
A nice day trip would be to go up to London by boat and return by tube.
Services run between April and late September. WPS run boats from Westminster to Kew, Richmond and Hampton Court running up to 5 times a day to Kew and 3 times a day to Richmond and Hampton Court. Boats from Westminster to Kew depart at 10.15am; 10.30; 11.15; 12.00; and 2pm. Boats from Westminster to Hampton Court via Kew and Richmond depart at 10.30am; 11.15; and 12midday.
Central London to Richmond
There are regular over-ground and underground trains to Richmond from London. Richmond station is at the end of the district line and it takes about 30 minutes to get into central London. Also, there are faster over-ground trains with fewer stops which take about 15-20 minutes to get to Waterloo.
Richmond is 15 minutes from Waterloo station by overground train. The trains are very frequent.
The District line also runs here, and it is 20 minutes to Kensington, and 25 minutes to the West-end of London.
The silver link metro also links Richmond to Hampstead (20 minute journey) and also East London.
Underground to Richmond
Although I initially set off from Earls Court (the nearest station to my hotel) by underground on the District (Green) line, the majority of the journey was confusingly in the open, so it was nice to see a bit of the scenery on the way.
I had purchased an Oyster card for my 3 day trip, so I'm not sure of the single cost for this journey. If you check this LINK you'll find all you want to know, (including prices) about the London Underground System.
My journey was off peak, I set off from Earls Court around 1100. So the train was quite uncrowded. I think it would be very different during rush hour!
I alighted at Turnham Green (Love the name of this station) to transfer to a train going to Richmond, where the line terminates. This train arrived less than a couple of minutes later. The District line forks here, so you have a chance of being on the direct line to Richmond, or to Ealing Broadway (which I was on). It wasn't any hassle as the train arrives at the same platform.
When the train doors opened a few minutes later, I was struck by a strong floral scent - I think it was coming from the lilac trees in a nearby garden.
Richmond London Underground and National Rail Overground stations share the same exits etc. There are a few shops, cafes etc in the station as well as a dry cleaning service. Ticket Office in the entrance foyer - Machines or manned service.
Toilets cost 20p - either 1x20p coin or 2X 10p coins - NO CHANGE GIVEN! - so check the red l.c.d. display near the coin slot, as when Angie wanted to use the toilets later in the day, there was already a 10p credit, so she only had to pay 10p. Presumably someone earlier had only a 50p or £1 coin, so was subsidising other users.
Outside the station exit (pic 4) is a taxi rank/drop off/pick up area. Beyond this is a busy main road with local bus stops. At the time of my visit, traffic was quite congested.
There is a sign post with directions to all the nearby attractions/useful places. It indicates that the tourist Info office is to the left of the station.
A few metres from the station exit (to the left) are some shops such as Costa Coffee and Source, which have tables outside to enjoy a drink, and where you can spot the frequent planes descending into Heathrow airport nearby.
Returning, there are 7 platforms - Underground and Overground. The electronic timetable listed the terminuses, but as far as I could see there wasn't a clear distinction between underground and Overground services. I gave up and asked an employee standing nearby - he indicated the Upminster train which was due to leave imminently (which would take me direct to Earls Court on the District Line). As it happened there was quite a wait, before we got moving. Then later there was an announcement for the station we were approaching that all passengers for the Overground service changed there.
Tip - if you're travelling from Richmond around sunset, sit on the left side of the train - The sky was quite stunning the evening of my journey (pic 5)
There are frequent announcements to tell you the next station, and to change here for...., but these are only in English (as far as I'm aware)
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Driving around Richmond Park
Celia picked Diana (Diosh), Angie (Angiebabe) and myself up from Richmond Station, and we set off for Richmond Park. We hadn't got far, when we were caught in the traffic, which wasn't moving. Celia did an impressive 3 point turn, and we were heading in the opposite (traffic free) direction.
Diana and Celia pointed out various points of interest en - route. Passing by the pub 'Lass O' Richmond Hill' they both burst into the old folk song of the same name - which is about the original Richmond in North Yorkshire - not this Southern copycat ;-)
We entered the park (free admission) through one of the 5 gates - (I'm not sure which one) and enjoyed the scenery as we passed through the park (sticking to the 20mph speed limit), before stopping in the car park near Pen Ponds. Again - free parking. (For the time being!)
There are 6 Car Parks, including one for disabled badge users only at Isabella Plantation. (Enter by Ham Cross). Non-badge holders use the Broomfield Hill Car Park.
Parking on the roads or grass verges is forbidden.
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Public Transport to Richmond and Richmond Park
For those relying on public transport to get to Richmond and Richmond Park
Tube- Richmond Station - District Line
British Rail - Richmond Station - Also Norbiton or North Sheen for Richmond Park
Bus: 190 Hammersmith - Richmond,
391 Hammersmith - Richmond,
419 Hammersmith - Richmond,
R68 Bushy Park and Richmond.
For Richmond Park;
33 Hammersmith - Ricmond,
337 Richmond - Clapham Junction,
485 Richmond - Wandsworth.
85/N85 Hampton - Kingston
265 Putney - Tolworth
K3 Roehampton Plough - Esher
72 Roehampton - East Acton
493 Richmond - Tooting
65 Kingston - Ealing Broadway
371 Kingston - Richmond
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Really easy from London
Richmond is and isn't London. I know that sounds a bit ridiculous but it's really not. Whilst it is in Greater London, and transportation links are really good, once you get there it does not feel like you are in London. It is one terminus at the Western end of the District Line on the Tube / Underground / Metro (whatever they call it where you are). This is the place to get the information on that Tube link or if you prefer there are frequent train services from Waterloo taking about 20 minutes. Here is your help for that Train timetables the Station is the same for Tube and railway lines and is within easy walk of any of the places mentioned in my tips.
RIVER BOATS FROM RICHMOND
Several companies offer trips on the river from Richmond, but the only one that offers a scheduled service is the Westminster Passenger Association which runs between April and October. They run between Westminster Pier and Hampton Court and pass by many famous attractions.
Sure, you can get here by underground from London, but boat is so much more romantic on a sunny day. Plus, you get to see the wonderful Richmond Lock in this picture. Boats leave from London't Westminster Pier and it does take several hours depending on the tide and what boat is used, but you will be making the same journey many royals did when going to Richmond and Hampstead.
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When in Rome ...
There are quite a few boat trip companies up and down this area of the Thames,some can be expensive this one cast about £12 for us 4 to go to Hampton Court Palace and back to Richmond.
You can get to see more from the river than the road,such as some of these lovely hoses.
(See my travelogue,"Scenes from the river")
Getting to Richmond
There is a train from Waterloo in Central London that then goes further west.
The District Line on the undergroud comes here from East through Central London.
The North London overground train comes here from Woolwich through the north of London.