Richmond Park, at almost 1000 hectares, is the largest and wildest of the Royal Parks. The pastoral landscape of hills, ancient woodlands, ponds, gardens and grasslands offers a home to around 650 free roaming deer and a peaceful respite to visitors.
The park is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. As well as deer, it is a haven for other wildlife, including many species of bird and beetle.
The park is home to the successful Holly Lodge Education Centre, which has has a vegetable garden, Victorian Classroom and accessible wildlife area. The centre runs environmental, education and historical interpretation workshops, some tailored for those with special needs. The murals in the picnic area not only are great for fun and games, but also act as a 'theatre' backdrop.
There are numerous places to picnic, and high quality refreshments are available in a variety of locations including at Pembroke Lodge, which has excellent catering and hospitality facilities.
There is plenty to do in the park; visitors can take in the landscapes on relaxing strolls or on a hire bike through the Tamsin Trail. Horse riders are welcome on the bridal paths and local teams play on the rugby pitches. Children also delight in kite flying or playing in the newly refurbished children's playgrounds.
The Isabella Plantation offers tranquil surroundings for walks and contemplation and there is a stunning view of St Paul’s cathedral and the city from King Henry’s Mound.