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New season of Richmond area guided tours

Discovery Richmond will be offering low-cost guided tours on foot, by bike and riverboat from Easter around the charming Richmond area of south-west London.  Private sightseeing and group tours can be arranged year-round, including themed and other language tours.
Richmond is London’s green oasis and visitors to Central London can escape the fast pace of city life and be here in 20 minutes by fast train. The area offers easy access from Heathrow and the M25 London orbital motorway.
Tours range from 2 hour guided walks around Richmond or Twickenham, full & half day guided bike tours, and short tours of Richmond followed by a Thames boat trip to the historic market town of Kingston upon Thames or spectacular Hampton Court Palace.
On the first Saturday afternoon of the month, the Twickenham walk includes a guided tour of Sandycombe Lodge, the rural retreat of Britain’s greatest landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. Visit London advises that our Richmond guided walk is among the best in the capital.
Discovery Richmond’s Paul Jackson says: “As well as the internationally famous attractions of Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens, there are many less familiar gems to discover here. Our aim is to let visitors see more and experience more of the area’s remarkable historical and royal heritage, alongside the natural beauty of its deer parks and the most picturesque stretches of the Thames in the capital.”

Discovery Richmond’s friendly and experienced tour guides are all local people and include London Blue Badge tourist guides.  The team is keen to share its intimate knowledge and passion for the area with visitors and locals.  There is an excellent choice of cafés, pubs and restaurants at the start and finish of every tour.

Richmond Guided Walk – 2 Hours
Saturday 4 & 18 April, Sat 2 & 16 May, Sat 6 & 20 June, Sat 4 & 18 July, Sat 1 & 15 Aug, Sat 5 & 19 Sept, Sat 3 & 17 Oct 2015. Time:   11.00-13.00. Meet:  Richmond station TW9 2NA. Cost:  Adult £10, Senior/student ID £9, under 16 £6.
Experience the highlights of historic Richmond, home to monarchs and the rich & famous for centuries. Enjoy picturesque riverside, the amazing view from Richmond Hill and maybe see a deer or two in Richmond Park.  Stroll back to Richmond via meadows and the riverbank.

Twickenham Guided Walk – 2 Hours
Saturday 4 April, Sat 2 May, Sat 6 June, Sat 4 July, Sat 1 August, Sat 5 September, Sat 3 October 2015. Time:   14.30-16.30.  Meet: St Margaret’s station TW1 2LH. Cost:  (includes entrance to Turner’s House) Adult £15; Senior/student ID £13; under 16 £10.
Tour the unrestored retreat of landscape painter J.M.W Turner. Pass the home of a royal mistress, see magnificent riverside views and mansions including the refuge of French royal exiles, admire the ‘Naked Ladies’ and quirky Eel Pie Island, the home of rhythm & blues. Finish at Twickenham’s classic Thames waterfront.

Richmond Panorama Bike Trip – Day Tour
Tuesday 7 April, Tues 5 May, Tues 2 June, Tues 7 July, Tues 4 Aug, Tues 1 Sept, Tues 6 Oct 2015. Time:  10.30-17.00. Meet Richmond station TW9 2NA. Cost:  (includes bike hire, lock & helmet) Adults £48, Seniors/student ID £45, child 12-16 £35.
See many of the area’s top attractions on this fascinating and easy-paced day out.  Experience a microcosm of British history, royal and architectural heritage, the rustic charm of open parklands, beautiful riverside and even part of the London Olympics 2012 cycling route. Cycle past Richmond, Ham House, Teddington Lock, Kingston upon Thames, Hampton Court Palace, Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, Eel Pie Island and Marble Hill House, returning to Richmond.


Richmond & Twickenham Easy Bike Trip – Half Day
Friday 10 April, Fri 8 May, Fri 12 June, Fri 10 July, Fri 14 Aug, Fri 11 Sept, Fri 9 Oct2015. Time: 10.30-13.00. Meet:  Richmond station TW9 2NA. Cost:  (includes bike hire, lock & helmet) Adults £35, Seniors/student ID £33, child 12-16 £25.
This flat, short distance ride follows a leisurely circuit, with stops along the way for talks, photos and coffee. Pedal past Richmond Green and the Old Palace, the villas of Twickenham riverside, Teddington Lock, historic Ham House, Petersham Meadows and return along Richmond riverside beneath the capital’s oldest bridge.
Richmond & Boat Trip to Hampton Court Palace & Gardens -  Full Day
Date:  Friday 22 May, Fri 26 June, Fri 24 July, Fri 28 Aug, Fri 25 Sept 2015. Time: 09.30-16.00. Meet: Richmond station TW9 2NA. Cost:  (includes guide and boat, excludes Palace entry) Adult £25, Senior/student ID £23, U16 £18.
Explore one of London’s most attractive boroughs with a guided heritage walk and a relaxing boat trip to spectacular Hampton Court Palace. You can take an optional self-guided tour of the Palace with its Great Hall, Chapel Royal, State Apartments and King Henry VIII’s kitchens. Return by boat, train or bus.
Richmond & Boat Trip to Kingston upon Thames – Half Day
Thursday 14 May, Thurs 11 June, Thurs 9 July, Thurs 13 Aug, Thurs 10 Sept 2015. Time: 13.00-16.30. Meet Richmond station TW9 2NA. Cost:  (includes guide and boat) Adult £20, Senior/student ID £18, U16 £16.
Discover two of London’s most historic boroughs with leisurely guided walks around Richmond & Kingston, linked by a boat trip along the Thames. See the remains of Richmond’s old royal palace and stroll along the beautiful riverside for a relaxed river cruise to the ancient market town of Kingston, where seven Saxon kings were reputedly crowned. Stay on for dinner or a drink by the riverside and return by boat, train or bus.