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Hotels near Bushy Park & The Longford RiverHotels near Bushy Park & The Longford River Sale

Bushy Park & The Longford River, Park Office, White Lodge, Richmond upon Thames, London TW12 2EJ
 
Marriott London Twickenham London
Marriott London Twickenham
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £67 25% off
Twickenham Rugby Stadium, TW2 7BA | 3.1 miles from Bushy Park & The Longford River
Located in Twickenham, the Marriott London Twickenham is only six miles from London Heathrow airport and 20 minutes away from central London. The 4-star property provides More
 
 
 
Brook Kingston Lodge Hotel London
Brook Kingston Lodge Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £56 36% off
94 Kingston Hill, KT2 7NP | 3.4 miles from Bushy Park & The Longford River
This 4 star hotel has 63 elegantly decorated bedrooms with contemporary amenities; many of the rooms have their own balcony facing the landscaped gardens. More
 
 
 
Richmond Gate Hotel London
Richmond Gate Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £74 35% off
Richmond Hill, TW10 6RP | 3.8 miles from Bushy Park & The Longford River
The Richmond Gate hotel is set right next to Richmond Park, London's most spectacular green space, making it a fantastic place to stay, especially in summer. More
 
 
 

Hotels near Bushy Park & The Longford River

Bushy Park & The Longford River

 
Bushy Park & The Longford River hotels title=Adjacent to Hampton Court Palace this is London's second largest Royal Park.

Just north of the celebrated royal palace at Hampton Court, Bushy Park is the second largest of the Royal Parks. On the surface, the park appears simply to be a vast, rural expanse of exceptional wild beauty but of little historical significance. The lush grass, wooded copses and winding rivers do, however, hide an interesting past.

A settlement for over 4000 years, a number of interesting items have been extracted from the park - archaeologists unearthed a Bronze Age burial mound and barrow here, the contents of which now reside in the British Museum. A keen eye for detail can make out the traces of mediaeval field boundaries, in existence before Henry VIII turned the area into one huge deer-hunting ground.

The park was used more recently during both World Wars, as agricultural land when Britain was suffering food shortages and as the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force. The Longford River looks perfectly at ease in its surroundings, flowing leisurely through the park, but it is in truth a 13 mile artificial waterway, built in the time of Charles I to divert water from the River Colne to Hampton Court.

History aside, these days Bushy Park is simply a wonderful place to get outside, walk away an afternoon and watch the sun slide spectacularly behind the horizon. The park’s most notable feature is Chestnut Avenue; the mile long thoroughfare designed by Sir Christopher Wren is flanked on either side by majestic rows of horse chestnut trees and leads to the majestic Diana Fountain. Anglers can try their luck in the three ponds and there are facilities for a host of other sports including rugby, football, horse-riding and hockey. Formal plantations of trees mingle with wildlife conservation areas and big mounds of bracken hiding herds of deer.

Combine a walk in the park with a visit to Hampton Court. Leave the palace by the Lion Gate, stop off for a refreshing pint in the King’s Arms pub just outside before you cross the road and enter the park via the Hampton Court Gate. Walk towards Hampton Wick and take the train back from there.

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Fishing, riding, deer, bracken and Bronze Age burial mound.

Did you know?
Eisenhower masterminded the D-Day landings from a HQ in Bushy Park.
 

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