6 beautiful botanical spots to explore near Richmond - Our top recommendations for this summer...

Hampton Court Palace Gardens - 20 minute drive from the hotel

Another destination for the green-fingered bucket list locally is Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens that include 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens and 750 acres of parkland.

There is something to see in every season, most notably the moment that the gardens come to life in spring with over one million flowering bulbs in the Wilderness Garden and the spectacular herbaceous border in the East Front Garden that can be enjoyed in the summer. As well as the extraordinary planting you can also visit the world’s oldest puzzle maze! Find out more here.

 

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival - 20 minute drive from the hotel

For the ultimate day of gardening inspiration, why not visit us during the Festival (this year it's on from 6th – 11th July). It is the world’s largest annual flower show, stretching over 34 acres. It is a real celebration of gardening set in the historic grounds of Hampton Court Palace where visitors can enjoy live music whilst being blown away by the designs in the show gardens and exploring some of the displays across the site. Find out more here.

Kew Gardens - Less than 15 minutes drive, just over half an hour walk from the hotel

You could easily spend the whole day exploring the paradisal Kew Gardens, with the largest and most diverse collection of living plants, there is so much to discover. A peaceful escape from the bustling city, revel in the fresh air as you wander through 300 acres of beautiful green space.

200 metres long and 18 metres above ground, one of the must-do activities in Kew Gardens is the Treetop Walkway. Nestled amongst chestnut and oak trees, the walkway offers a unique, birds’ eye-view of the Royal Gardens.

Once your feet are firmly back on the ground, spend some time exploring the Victorian glasshouses and wander through the exotic Palm House. Make sure you bring your camera; you won’t want to forget the tropical Orchid collection! Find out more here.

 

Ham House Gardens - 10 minutes drive, just under half an hour walk from the hotel

Set on the bank of the Thames you can also visit Ham House which has been virtually untouched for 400 years. The garden is as much of a draw as the house itself. Much of the original gardens have been restored by the National Trust. They are inspired by its history with a focus on sustainability as well as the encouragement and preservation of wildlife. There is something for everyone here – from grand tree-lined avenues to the peace and tranquillity found in the wilderness area. Find out more here.

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