Kingston, also known as Kingston-upon-Thames, is a busy town on the River Thames with a large shopping centre. It was the ancient market town where Saxon kings were crowned and the first crossing point of the Thames upstream of London Bridge. A daily market is still held in the Market Place overlooked by the Italian style Market House. The Thames Path is ½ mile from the Rail Station. There are two Bus Stations: Cromwell Road near the Rail Station and Fairfield ¼ mile away.
Permanent galleries cover the history of Kingston-upon-Thames. Highlights include archaeological finds,
Kingston's Royal connections and a collection of photographic work by Eadweard Muybridge. Temporary exhibitions programme.
Tel. 020 8547 5006. Admission free.
Open TThFS 1000-1700. Closed BH and Easter.
One of the earliest surviving English landscape gardens, restored by the National Trust. Features include a
lake, island, grotto, turf amphitheatre, viewpoints and vistas. Tearoom. Tel. 01372 467806.
Open Daily 1000-1800 closes earlier Nov-Mar.
Bus 715 from Cromwell Road Bus Station (near Rail station) to entrance, about 30 minutes journey, M-S hourly, Sun & BH every 1½ hours. Operated by Stagecoach.
Bus 715 also operates from Esher and Guildford, or you can walk 2½ miles from Claygate.
Extensive gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society covering a wide variety of styles from ornamental to
fruit and vegetable gardens. Restaurant, Coffee Shop and cafés. Picnic area near car park.
Tel. 01483 224234.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (closes 1630 Nov-Feb).
Bus 715 from Cromwell Road Bus Station (near Rail station), about 50 minutes journey, M-S hourly, Sun & BH every 1½ hours. Alight opposite Wisley's approach road and use the footbridge to cross the busy A3. Operated by Stagecoach.
Bus 715 also operates from Esher and Guildford.