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.
Dorich House is the former studio home of the sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband.
It was built in 1936 to her design incorporating plaster and modelling studios and a gallery as well as domestic rooms.
Exhibits include Gordine's sculptures and paintings, plus Russian art and artefacts aquired by her and her husband.
There are views from the roof terrace overlooking Richmond Park. Optional guided tours (see website). Café.
Tel. 020 8417 5515.
Open ThFS 1100-1700.
Bus 85 and K3 from Cromwell Road Bus Station (near Rail station) to 'Woodview Close' stop, about 15 minutes journey. Daily, about every 10 minutes. Timetables available from www.londonbusroutes.net.
Bus 85 also operates from Putney.
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.