Tours and guided walks

Tours and walks all over the borough led by our knowledgeable guides. 

1940s Wartime walk

Air Raids, rationing, the Blitz, Dad’s Army, the G.I.s stationed in Richmond, and the day it all began – 3 September 1939.

The tour lasts for around 90 to 120 minutes.

  • Date: Sunday 1 September
  • Time: 2pm
  • Location: Meet at Old Town Hall
  • Price: Tickets cost £5.00. There is no need to pre-book, just pay the guide on the day

Pope's Grotto tour

An early evening tour of Alexander Pope’s grotto in Cross Deep, Twickenham. The only remaining part of Pope’s villa, the grotto remains largely unchanged from 1744 when Pope died. In later life he had redecorated the grotto as a geological museum and this is how you see it today with a wide range of mineral and geological specimens.

Please note that access involves stairs and uneven surfaces.

  • Date: Monday 9 September
  • Time: 6 to 7.30pm
  • Location: Pope's Grotto, Radnor House School, Cross Deep, Twickenham TW1 4QG
  • Price: Full price tickets £6.00, or £10.00 including a £4.00 donation. All ticket sales go towards the restoration fund. Advance booking required

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Turner's House and Garden guided tour

Sandycombe Lodge was built by 1813 to the designs of England’s great landscape painter, J.M.W. Turner; working here as his own architect to create a quiet retreat for himself, away from the pressures of the London art world. It also provided a home for his father, old William, in retirement from his trade as a barber and wigmaker in Covent Garden. With old William’s declining health and changes in his own life, Turner sold the house in 1826.

This guided tour will explore the fascinating story of the house and father and son who lived within it.

  • Date: Saturday 14 September
  • Time: 10 and 11am, each tour lasts 50 minutes
  • Location: Turner's House (Sandycombe Lodge), 40 Sandycombe Road, Twickenham TW1 2LR
  • Price: Tickets cost £5 and must be booked in advance by calling the house team on 020 8892 5485

Once tickets have been booked, payment will be taken on the door. Due to the small size of Turner’s House, visitor numbers are restricted to 12 visitors for each time slot. For further details on Turner’s House, including travel information, visit the Turner’s House website.

Accessibility

We have one parking space for disabled badge holders only, which must be booked in advance by emailing info@turnershouse.org.

Within the house, only the ground floor drawing room is fully accessible for visitors with mobility issues. Our garden, and our toilet are also fully wheelchair accessible. We have a virtual tour available via our tablet, so other rooms and objects can be explored digitally.

Historic Richmond walk

An introduction to the town’s rich history, from the ancient Green, with its fine examples of 18th century houses and remains of a royal palace, to the elegant riverside and its historic Georgian bridge.

The walk lasts around 90 to 120 minutes.

  • Date: Sunday 15 September
  • Time: 2pm
  • Location: Visitor Information Stand, Richmond Station, Richmond TW9 2NA
  • Price: Tickets cost £5.00. There is no need to pre-book, just pay the guide on the day

Marble Hill Park - Tour of the Historic Landscape

Join us on a tour to share the history of this unique arcadian landscape, learn about Henrietta Howard and the history of Marble Hill Park.

Booking tickets for this event is essential as places are limited.

  • Date: Sunday 15 September
  • Time: 2 to 3pm
  • Location: Marble Hill Park (meet at the front of the house by the shop entrance, Richmond Road, Twickenham TW1 2NL
  • Price: Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from the Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1181 (bookings close at 3pm on Friday 13 September)

Richmond Old Town Hall tours

As part of Know Your Place and Open House London, Richmond’s Old Town Hall is revealing its secrets in this behind-the-scenes guided tour. Opened in 1893 as a headquarters for the newly formed Richmond Council, this elegant building now houses the borough’s archives, Local Studies and Reference libraries, the Museum of Richmond, and the Riverside Art Gallery.

Each tour lasts one hour.

  • Date: Saturday 21 September
  • Time: 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP
  • Price: Free - booking not required

Hampton Court Palace garden history tours

Discover how the Hampton Court Palace gardens evolved over the centuries on this walking tour of the Formal Gardens.

Each tour lasts one hour.

  • Date: Saturday 21 September
  • Time: 10am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm
  • Location: East Gate, Hampton Court Palace KT8 9AU
  • Price: Free - booking not required

Landgon Down Museum and Normansfield Theatre tours

A tour of the Langdon Down Museum and Normansfield Theatre with Ian Jones-Healey.

Each tour lasts 30 minutes.

  • Date: Sunday 22 September
  • Time: 1.30pm and 3.30pm
  • Location: The Langdon Down Centre, Normansfield, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington TW11 9PS
  • Price: Free - booking not required

Richmond Hill walk

Gently meander up Richmond Hill past an ancient burial ground, historic churches and alms-houses; then enjoy the famous view of the River Thames and the beautiful Terrace Gardens.

The walk lasts for around 90 to 120 minutes.

  • Date: Saturday 28 September
  • Time: 11am
  • Location: Visitor Information Stand, Richmond Station, Richmond TW9 2NA
  • Price: Tickets cost £5. There is no need to book, just pay the guide on the day

Updated: 12 August 2019