A Ramble through Historic Richmond

5 out of 5 stars


33 mins

1.3 km

By Brian Cookson

Richmond is one of the very few towns in England to have changed its name in the last 1,000 years. It was originally called Sheen. Then In 1501 Henry VII built his great palace here and he decided to rename the town Richmond after his estates in Richmond, Yorkshire. As you walk across Richmond Green, you find the surprising sight of the gateway to a Tudor palace, and beyond that some more Tudor buildings which formed the palace wardrobe. You then come to the banks of the Thames with attractive pubs, and signs warning of the dangers of flooding. The river scene is framed by the eighteenth century Richmond Bridge, which is the oldest existing bridge in the London area. Famous artists and writers have been attracted to the area, which is one of London’s most beautiful riverside villages.

9 stops

33 mins

1.3 km


River Thames


  • 1
    Richmond Theatre
    The architecture and history of Richmond’s famous theatre.
  • 2
    Virginia Woolf's house
    Virginia Woolf lived here a short time, recovering from a mental breakdown.
  • 3
    Old Palace Terrace
    An incredible grade II listed five bedroom, three bathroom house in the centre of Richmond.
  • 4
    Maids of Honour Row
    A spectacular terrace of four historic Grade I listed houses overlooking Richmond Green.
  • 5
    Old Palace Gatehouse
    The best remaining part of Henry VII’s former Tudor Richmond Palace.
  • 6
    Old Palace Yard
    A Grade II listed public house built in the early-mid 19th century.
  • 7
    Three Bridges
    A fantastic view of Richmond’s three bridges.
  • 8
    White Cross Hotel
    A Grade II listed public house at Riverside.
  • 9
    Richmond Bridge
    An 18th-century stone arch bridge that connects Richmond with Twickenham.


5 out of 5 stars
5 reviews
Laura Nelson

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5 out of 5 stars

21 Mar 2020
5 out of 5 stars

Joan Harmer
17 Aug 2019
5 out of 5 stars

Just enjoyed the simulated tour . Such great background information on the Palace part of Richmond which we have never reached when walking first in the Park. I look forward to using the tour for real.

Mario Borza
14 Sep 2018
5 out of 5 stars

Amazing tour!!! Such a lovely area to explore with the help of YourTour!

Jan Niyazi
14 Sep 2018
5 out of 5 stars

Amazing history and heritage in Richmond, such a beautiful area. Lovely tour through amazing Richmond.

Craig Fitzgerald
30 Jun 2018
5 out of 5 stars

A Ramble through Historic Richmond

5 out of 5 stars