Discover nature and wildlife in the wild West!
Whilst London’s parks and nature reserves are open all year round, the warmer temperatures and longer evenings give us more opportunities to walk around and rediscover the green spaces on offer in our city.
So, put on your boots (walking or cowboy), pick a starting point and get exploring…
Welcome to the wild West! 🤠
Richmond Park 🦌
🚏Bus stop P (Robin Hood Lane)
Oh deer! Perhaps the wildest of the west is the vast Richmond Park. Escape to the great outdoors and marvel at its wide-open spaces and grazing deer herds, only a stone’s throw away from central London.🌲
Wander 2500 acres of ancient trees, grasslands and wildflowers, looking out for a range of rare species, including bats, beetles and fungi. 🪲
Bushy Park 🌳
🚇 Teddington or Hampton Court
🚏 Bus stop L or M (Bushy Park Road)
Another west London spot famed for its roaming herds of deer is Bushy Park.
Enjoy exploring this area of astounding natural beauty, visitors can also expect to see evidence of its well-documented historical past, including medieval farming systems and traces of military camps from World War II. 🎖️
Walk the Woodland Gardens keeping an eye out for Bushy’s wildlife, from the elusive water vole to sky-borne kingfishers and kestrels!
Syon Park 🦇
🚏 Bus stop W (Syon Lane)
Although relatively small in size compared to the nearby Royal Parks, Syon Park is still beloved by nature and history lovers alike. 😍
Discover this green sanctuary set amid a busy urban backdrop. Wander the arboretum and surrounding wild meadows and long grasses, looking out for signs of Syon’s small mammals, birds and bats!
Don’t forget to check out the spectacular Syon House too, and learn about the stately home’s rich history including the rumoured explosive visit of a famous king! 🤯
For a longer walk around west London, follow the Capital Ring Walk route to link up several attractions!
🎾 Discover the route from Wimbledon Park to Richmond and from Richmond through Syon Park and beyond.
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Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens 🍄
🚇 Kew Gardens
🚏 Bus stop H (Kew Gardens Station)
Delve deeper into the wild and wonder at the natural world with a visit to Kew Gardens. Dedicate a few hours one weekend to visit this world-famous attraction bursting with biodiversity.
Lose yourself in the Garden’s vast arboretum, a unique living landscape shaped by the seasons and encounter endangered plants in the world’s largest remaining Victorian glasshouse. 🌵
Learn more about Kew’s scientific research and conservation efforts in our Q&A with a Kew horticulturist.
🎫 Kew Gardens ticket offer
Get 30% of standard and concession tickets until 31 August 2023 (excluding August bank holiday) when travelling to Kew Gardens using the Transport for London network. The offer is valid when travel is proven on the day using either the TfL Oyster and Contactless app or with a valid paper ticket. T&Cs apply.
London Wetland Centre 💧
🚏 Bus stop BA (Barnes Red Lion)
No matter the time of year you plan to visit, a whole new world of discovery awaits at the London Wetland Centre. 🦦
A haven of tranquillity for wildlife and people alike, this space provides a wonderful place for nature-spotting and a relaxing walk. Follow the scenic boardwalk paths that meander among the lakes, pools and gardens, humming with wetland wildlife.
🎫 London Wetland Centre ticket offer
Enjoy 30% off entry prices for adult and family tickets at the London Wetland Centre when using TfL services to get there from 24 July to 23 September 2023. Visitors can encounter amazing wildlife including playful otters up close, explore the outdoor adventure playground where children can take a ride down the zip wire or take a peaceful stroll through the scenic nature reserve. The offer is valid when travel is proven on the day using either the TfL Oyster and Contactless app or with a valid paper ticket. T&Cs apply.
🆓 The Royal Parks (including Richmond Park and Bushy Park) are free to visit and open every day of the year.
🎟️ Syon Park, Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens and London Wetland Centre all charge an admission fee to support the amazing work they are doing! (check the website for details and opening times)
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