Hampton Court Road
Middlesex TW12 2EJ
TfL Fare Zone 6
Bushy Park in the south-west of the city is 1,100 acres (445 hectares) in area; it is the second largest of London’s Royal Parks.
is located just north of Hampton Court Palace
and Hampton Court Park, and a few minutes' walk west of Kingston upon Thames. The Park has long been popular with locals and visitors alike and has recently undergone a £7.2 million restoration of its gardens, monuments and buildings.
The flat site on which the Park lies has been settled for at least 4,000 years. There is clear evidence of the medieval field boundaries, with the finest example just south of the Waterhouse Woodland Gardens, where there are traces of the largest and most complete medieval field system in Middlesex.
King Henry VIII's Hunting Ground
When King Henry V111 took control of Hampton Court Palace
in 1529, he set up the land which became the present Bushy Park
as a deer-hunting ground. Around 320 Red and Fallow deer still roam here. As with Richmond Park
, visitors should not approach too close to these deer as they can be aggressive, especially during the breeding season.
In the 17th century King Charles 1 ordered the construction of the Longford River, a 11.75 miles (19 km) canal built to provide water to Hampton Court. He was also responsible for a number of the park’s picturesque ponds.
This period also saw the construction of the Park's main thoroughfare, Chestnut Avenue, which runs from Park road in Teddington to the Lion Gate entrance of Hampton Court Palace on Hampton Court Road.
This Avenue and the Arethusa 'Diana' Fountain were designed by Sir Christopher Wren
as a grand approach to Hampton Court Palace
. This famous fountain in the centre of the equally famous Chestnut Avenue forms the centrepiece of the park.
During the 20th century Bushy Park was well known to the Canadian and American allies. Upper Lodge was used as a home for Canadian Convalescents. This is commemorated with a Canadian Totem Pole and the Canadian Glade in the Waterhouse Woodland Gardens.
Canadian & US Forces
From 1942, Bushy Park became the site of a large U.S. Army Air Forces base, called Camp Griffiss; it was the headquarters for a number of the Allies departments. General Dwight Eisenhower decided to make the park’ Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) the centre for planning ‘Operation Overlord’ (1944 D-Day). A Tablet marking the European Headquarters of the US Army Air Forces has been dedicated by the RAF.
Heritage Audio Trails
There are five Bushy Park Heritage Audio Trails. These are self-guided walks with maps, stopping points, images and audio guides:
- In the Footsteps of Joseph Fisher
This trail takes you on a short and gentle tour of the Pheasantry Garden, which was inspired by Joseph Fisher, the superintendent of Bushy Park after the Second World War.
- The King's Giant Hosepipe
This trail takes you on a journey along the course of the mysterious Longford River through Bushy Park.
- The Palace Playground
This trail takes you on a journey through the history of Bushy Park.
- Wild Treasures
Bushy Park is a great place to see wildlife and this trail takes you on a tour of some of the best places to look.
- The Yanks are Here!
This trail takes you around the site of the vast American air force base that was set up in Bushy Park during World War Two.
Plan Your Visit
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Open all year.
- Pedestrian gates
Open 24 hours except September and November, pedestrian gates open at 08:00 and close at 22:30 hours, Monday - Friday.
- Vehicle gates
Open from 06:30 to dusk.
In winter gates close at 19:99 hours.
The Woodlands Gardens start to open between 09:00 am and 09:30 hours and close at dusk.
The Water Gardens open from 09:00 hours and closes at dusk on Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. The Water Gardens are open on Bank Holiday Mondays and closed on the following Tuesday. For further information go to Web: Bushy Park/ Opening Times
Food & Drink
The Pheasantry Cafe is located in the Woodland Gardens. There is a Refreshment Point at the Diana Car Park. Refer to the excellent Park website at Web: Bushy Park/ Food & Drink
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)3000 612 250
To find the best way for getting to Bushy Park, visit TfL Journey Planner above.
- By Train
By South West Trains:
From London Waterloo to Teddington/Hampton Wick/Hampton Court - 5 to 10 minute walk, entering the park through the Sandy Lane Gates.
- By Bus
- By Car
Google Maps - Bushy Park