The Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames is a fairly new establishment - having been created by the merger between the Municipal Boroughs of Twickenham, Richmond and Barnes in 1965. The name 'Richmond-upon-Thames' was coined at that time, however it is now more commonly, but inaccurately, used to refer to Richmond only* The council offices reside at York House, the former headquarters of the Twickenham Borough.
The Borough is known as London's Greenest Borough, featuring up to five-times more green and open space than any other Borough. The majority is made up of parks, with over 100 including the Royal Parks of Richmond Park
and Bushy Park
, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew
and Orleans House Woodland Garden
. The Borough also features 21 miles of the River Thames, and is unique in that there are towns and villages on both sides of the River within its boundary.
Coupled with such a tranquil and pituresque landscape, the Richmond Borough is home to a number of attractions and points of interest, such as Hampton Court Palace
, London Wetlands Centre
, Twickenham Rugby Stadium and Museum
, Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare
and much more. As a point of interest, the Borough is twinned with Konstanz, Germany, Fontainebleu, France and Richmond, Virginia, USA.
To find out more about the towns and villages that constitute the Borough, please navigate with the menu to the left. Each one has a colourful history and perhaps what you read may help plan your visit.
*Please note that on this website all instances of the term will be used in reference to the Borough as a whole, unless indicated otherwise.