Twickenham is a suburban town found 10.2 miles southwest of London. It can be divided into three parts: the historic, the modern, and the residential. Buildings along the riverside have survived since the 18th century and are contrasted by, for example, the modern high street that's full of shops, places to eat, and banks.
You wouldn't find a Barclays in the 1700s now would you? But all of it is complemented by the quiet, beautiful green spaces that make its way around and through the town.
THINGS TO SEE: RICHMOND PARK
Get some fresh air at Richmond Park. It's a national nature reserve, London's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest, European Special Area of Conservation, and one of London's eight Royal Parks.
Covering 2,500 acres, you can't get any more great outdoor-sy than this. Have a picnic with your friends, walk through ancient trees, or try to spot some wildlife. If you catch sight of a herd of deer, don't be alarmed - it's only natural.
Dating back to the 17th century, Ham House is situated by the Thames. It was created by the Duchess of Lauderdale and her husband, the Duke. Inside you'll find collections of paintings, furniture, and textiles. You may also even see a ghost or two because rumors say Ham House is one of the most haunted houses in Britain.
It's now owned by the National Trust and open to the public. Standard entry for an adult is £11.05 and £5.50 for a child. You're also able to purchase the Gift Aid entry, which is just standard entry plus an extra pound or so that's donated to the National Trust.
TWICKENHAM STADIUM & THE WORLD RUGBY MUSEUM
Twickenham Stadium is a rugby union stadium owned by the Rugby Football Union (RFU). It hosts test matches for the England national rugby union team and some official matches for the Middlesex Sevens, Aviva Premiership, Anglo-Welsh Cup, European Champions Cup, and the varsity match between Oxford and Cambridge.
It's the largest rugby union stadium in the world and the second largest stadium in the U.K, after Wembley Stadium. It can seat up to 82,000 people. Besides rugby, concerts also find a home at Twickenham Stadium. Past acts include Bon Jovi, Rihanna, U2, Beyonce, and The Rolling Stones.
If you want to visit for a rugby game, you'll have to go through the online ticketing system on the England rugby website and purchase tickets ahead of time. If not, you can simply tour the stadium on a non-game day. Again, purchase ahead of time because there's limited availability on tours. It'll cost £25 for an adult ticket, £15 for ages 5-15, free for children 4, and £20 for students, people that are disabled, and ages 60 and up.
Established in 1996, the World Rugby Museum is located inside Twickenham Stadium. It's the world's largest rugby museum with over 37,000 pieces of memorabilia, rugby equipment, and the like. In addition to permanent displays, the museum has spaces dedicated to temporary exhibits. Tickets to the museum are available for purchase only on the day.
MARBLE HILL HOUSE
Located by the riverside, Marble Hill is a Palladian villa that was built for the Countess of Suffolk, Henrietta Howard. She was known as King George II's mistress. Famous figures, like Jonathan Swift, were frequenters of the Georgian respite.
Standard entry to tour the inside and gardens is £7.40 for an adult, £4.40 for a child, and £6.70 for students, those that are disabled, and ages 60 and up. There's also free mindfulness and yoga classes held every Wednesday and Saturday held on the grounds.
Strawberry Hill's history began in 1747 by Horace Walpole. Walpole purchased the land and set about construction for his new summer residence. When nearby locals became interested in the property, he allowed four visitors inside per day and his housekeeper would be their tour guide. Besides his neighbors, he also hosted foreign ambassadors, royals, and other aristocrats.
The castle became an important factor in the emergence of Gothic Revival architecture during the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, you can go on a self guided tour of the inside by paying a small fee. £12.50 for adults, £6.25 for students, National Trust and Art Fund members, and free for under 16s. Guided tours are only available of groups of 15 or more.
HOW TO GET AROUND
- Train: There are multiple stations around Twickenham that are serviced by South Western Railway. You can easily get from Twickenham to Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall and back.
- Bus: Buses are aplenty in Twickenham, and are probably the easiest way to get around the town itself.
WHERE TO STAY NEAR TWICKENHAM
After spending your day out and about, you'll want a comfortable space all of your own where you can take it easy. The neighborhoods of Hampton, Ealing, Chiswick, and Richmond are all relatively close to Twickenham and provide easy access to its offerings.
All locations are serviced by South West trains but as an alternative, you can take the bus.
We Love: the classic British exterior, separate office space to work, and the splashes of color that make the room pop.
Get to Twickenham: Take a short 8 minute walk to the bus stop at Kew Retail Park and then take the R68 for 28 minutes until you reach the York Street stop in Twickenham.
We Love: the balcony that offers breathtakingly sweeping views and the luxurious interior.
Get to Twickenham: Walk 11 minutes to the bus stop at Goat Wharf and then take the 267 for 23 minutes until you reach Twickenham Station.
We Love: the abundance of open space both inside and out, the grand high ceilings, and the book collection.
Get to Twickenham: Walk for 5 minutes until the Gunnersbury Station bus stop and then take the 267 until you reach Twickenham Station.
We Love: the picturesque garden and the colorful artwork decorating every corner of the home.
Get to Twickenham: Walk for about 10 minutes until you reach the Richmond Hill Bus Station and take the 490, 33, H22, or R68 for 11 minutes until you reach the York Street stop in Twickenham.
We Love: the top quality kitchen equipped with steel appliances, the old world style furniture, and the porcelain bathtub.
Get to Twickenham: Walk for 4 minutes until you reach the Richmond Hill Bus Station and take the 490, 33, H22, or R68 for 11 minutes until you reach the York Street stop in Twickenham.
We Love: the natural light that fills every room, the elegant living room, and the vast outdoor space.
Get to Twickenham: Walk for 3 minutes until you reach the Kew Retail Park bus stop and then take the R68 for 28 minutes until you reach the York Street stop in Twickenham.