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5 Accessible Places to Visit in Richmond Upon Thames for Disabled People

Richmond Upon Thames, a jewel in London’s crown. Probably London's most attractive borough, it has long been a favourite retreat for Royalty and the rich and famous.

The River Thames runs for over 10 miles through the borough, linking Hampton Court Palace, Richmond Town Centre and Kew Gardens with London. Richmond rivals anywhere in London with its beautiful Royal Parks and open spaces, historic houses, theatres, museums, galleries, exhibits and town centres bursting with life.

Richmond is situated 10 miles southwest of Central London and can be accessed by tube, train, bus, car, bike, boat and foot. With easy access and a world to see and do, Richmond upon Thames provides the perfect getaway.

But what if you have accessibility needs? How can you be confident that you’ll find places to visit in Richmond Upon Thames that will be accessible to you?

Our list of 5 accessible places to visit in Richmond Upon Thames is here to help you be prepared, whether you need:

  • step-free access
  • wheelchair access
  • ramps and lifts
  • a hearing loop
  • audio formats
  • Braille or large print
  • staff trained in sign language
  • details of parking facilities
  • information on light and noise levels.

For each place on the list we’ve linked to our Detailed Access Guide, which tells you all about a venue’s access. They are all 100% facts, figures and photographs, collected by trained AccessAble surveyors who check out every single place in person.

Museum of Richmond

Shot of Richmond across the river thames

The Museum of Richmond tells the story of Richmond from prehistory, through its rise in prominence as a royal residence in the medieval period to its modern status as a centre of the arts and fashion. Caring for and giving access to the rich history of Richmond through permanent displays, temporary exhibitions, learning and events programmes. There is always something new to see and do.

Key accessible facilities include a dedicated accessible entrance, audio described exhibits, and accessible toilets.

Museum of Richmond Detailed Access Guide

Old Deer Park

Deer lying down on grass

The Old Deer Park today is an important site for sport and events. The Pools on the Park Complex offers indoor and outdoor pools plus a gym. There are facilities for football, cricket, rugby, an outdoor gym and both hard and grass tennis courts. There are two excellent children's play area near the tennis courts, which provides challenging play for the very young up to teenagers.

The site was originally part of the land connected to Richmond Palace built by Henry VII, deriving its name from the hunting park created by James I in 1604. The present area is only a fragment of the former Deer Park, but still belongs to the Crown and is leased to Richmond Council.

Key accessible facilities include on-site parking and facilities for assistance dogs.

Old Deer Park Detailed Access Guide

Richmond Park

A path through green woodland

Escape to the great outdoors in Richmond Park with its wide open spaces, grasslands and deer herds, just a stone’s throw from central London. The park is a top UK site for ancient trees and supports a range of rare species including fungi, birds, beetles, bats, grasses and wildflowers.

Discover the Isabella Plantation woodland gardens, refuel at Pembroke Lodge tea rooms and enjoy distant views of St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound. Try your hand at power kiting, horse riding or golf, or hire a bike for some off-road cycling along the Tamsin Trail.

Key accessible facilities include accessible toilets, blue badge parking, and seats for those who need them.

Richmond Park Detailed Access Guide

Richmond Theatre

Exterior of Richmond Theatre building

Richmond Theatre is established as one of the most successful theatres in the country; presenting a wide range of quality drama, record breaking musicals, opera, dance and family entertainment each year. Richmond Theatre welcomes a quarter of a million theatre goers to over 40 outstanding productions annually, performing for about 49 weeks every year!

Key accessible facilities include ramped access, audio description, and designated spaces for wheelchair users.

Richmond Theatre Detailed Access Guide

WWT London Wetland Centre

A duck

Nestled in a loop of the Thames, London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis for wildlife and people; a rural idyll in the heart of the capital. Voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Reserve by readers of Country file magazine, it is perfect for a relaxing stroll along the paths that meander among the lakes, meadows and gardens.

The Centre is a haven for wild ducks, wading birds, butterflies, bats, amphibians and water voles. Visitors can also see a collection of beautiful water birds from around the world, and watch the antics of the otter family at feeding time. With six hides, two kids’ adventure zones and a café there’s something for everyone.

Key accessible facilities include blue badge parking, baby changing facilities, and facilities for assistance dogs.

WWT London Wetland Centre Detailed Access Guide

If you’re visiting any of these attractions, why not download the AccessAble App from the Apple Store or Google Play Store

For more information about accessible places to visit, stay, eat and drink in Richmond Upon Thames, click the links below.


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