Local parks and open spaces

Richmond is famous for its greenery, and is home to some of the most famous parks and open spaces in South East England.

Getting outside and connecting with nature is great for our well-being.  There are numerous benefits in spending time outdoors, including:

  • Getting a boost of Vitamin D provided by the sunlight, which helps keep your immune system healthy and prevent a number of diseases
  • Helps to regulate your sleep patterns
  • Improves your mental well-being by boosting serotonin (the feel good hormone)
  • Getting some fresh, clean air 
  • Being outdoors provides a great way to get fitter and more active.

There are over 500 hectares of parks, sports grounds, playgrounds and nature conservation sites in the borough for you to enjoy. Some of Richmond's parks and open spaces include:

  • Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew - which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003
  • Richmond Park - the largest of London's eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London. It is home to deer, flora and fauna
  • Richmond Riverside - an ideal place to relax overlooking the river Thames
  • Bushy Park - the second largest Royal Park in Greater London, and recently designated a site of Special Scientific Interest.  


Fitness activities in parks

Parks and open spaces provide a great place to get exercise. Instead of taking an indoor class or going to the gym, it's invigorating to get fit outside in the fresh air. Local parks offer various activities such as fitness classes, runs, tai chi, cycling sessions and boot camps, which are organised by a range of companies.  


Walking is an easy way to get active and enjoy the beautiful parks in the borough. By joining an organised walk, you can also meet new people and expand your social circle.