Richmond Park, is the largest of The Royal Parks, extends over 2360 acres and provides habitats for a variety of different species of wildlife including red deer and roe deer. It was created on the orders of Charles I in 1634 and has been open to the public ever since.
The Pen Ponds provide a safe habitat for bird life and waterfowl such as shelduck, wigeon, gadwall, teal, pintail, shoveler, common pochard, goldeneye, black swans, sed-crested pochard, canada and greylag geese, pelicans, moorhen, coot, great-crested grebe and little grebe.
There is a playground for children of all ages at Petersham Gate and at Kingston Gate there is a playground for children under 5.
Deck chairs are available for hire from March through to October.
Refreshment points offering hot and cold drinks and snacks are located at Broomfield Hill and Pen Pond car parks. Roehampton café serves a range of snacks, drinks and ice creams and has indoor and outdoor seating. Pembroke Lodge provides classic and contemporary English refreshments.
The Royal Parks Foundation is a registered charity that helps improve and maintain the eight Royal Parks. You can adopt flora and fauna, donate and get activly involved. Click the Charity Link for more details.
Access to Richmond Park is free.
Richmond Park consists of several designated areas - National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation.