The stretch of river Thames between Richmond, Kingston and Hampton Court is quite extraordinary. With its Turnesque views and royal history blended with charming cosmopolitan riversides, there is plenty to see, explore and enjoy.
Whether you want a weekend, or have family or friends coming to stay and need to entertain them!
Richmond – arrive by boat from Kingston (1 hr) or Hampton Court (1 hr 45mins)
The Duck Pond Market takes place on Sunday 10.30am – 4pm. It is always a fun and bustling place to visit with its ethically sourced artisan crafts, street food and invariably live music too.
The cosmopolitan riverside is a pleasure in itself where you can enjoy moseying along, stopping off at one of the many bars & restaurants with river views.
Bike hire is available at Blazing Saddles if you want to amble along the tow paths or head to Richmond Park. Rowing boats are also available to hire.
Richmond town has a good mix of independent shops and high end High Street names – including the impressive Wholefoods store.
Kingston – arrive by boat from Richmond (1 hr) or Hampton Court (35mins)
A new restaurant plaza next to Kingston Bridge overlooking the river is already drawing in the crowds. Just 2 minutes from Turk’s pier find Bills – ideal for brunch, Cotes – european cuisine, and Busaba eathai, Comptoir Libanese or Cau for tasty Thai, Lebanese or Argentinian cuisine.
Further along you will find Woody’s, Steins and Bella Italia.
DoubleTree Kingston has a fabulous contemporary environment and the Harry Hawker bar and restaurant.
The Boaters Inn, in Canbury Gardens is a wonderful pub, with a range of Real Ales, BBQ tedrrace and riverside bar. Where to eat along Kingston Riverside
For shopping – Kingston has an excellent John Lewis and a vast choice of popular High Street shops in the Bentalls Centre.
It also boasts a bustling market where you can find a wide variety of street food, artisan food stalls and traditional fish, meat, fruit & veg stalls .
Hampton Court Palace – arrive by boat from Kingston (35mins) or Richmond (1hr 45mins)
New for spring and summer 2016 is Encounters with the Past. Step back in time and explore the palace for all its atmospheric surroundings with the characters who created its history.
The recently opened Magic Garden is also a must. You can find more information from the Hampton Court Palace website here
Not to be ignored – and well worth a visit – are all the street-side cafe bars and restaurants across the bridge – just a 5 minute walk. The Mute Swan and Prince of Wales both offer excellent pub menus and are just a 5 minute walk. Or head to the Kings Arms next door to the palace for an excellent pub lunch.
River Cruises between Richmond, Kingston & Hampton Court Palace
You buy your tickets on board and there is a bar, toilet & outside deck on each boat.
River Trip Timetable
Tickets are purchased on board