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Kingston upon Thames

Surrey

Type:Towns & Villages

Wood Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1UJ
Kingston upon Thames

About

First recorded in a document in 838, the medieval market town of Kingston is now a colourful mix of unique shops, themed markets, street performances and numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.

Wits thriving arts scene, children’s festivals, great nightlife and riverside location, Kingston is a popular shopping and entertainment destination.

Situated on the banks of the Thames with walking access to the towpath, Kingston is just 12 miles from the centre of London and a 25 minute train ride from Waterloo. It’s within easy access Richmond and Bushy Parks and has a number of popular family attractions right on its doorstep.

Top five things to do in Kingston upon Thames

These places to visit are all within a short drive of Kingston and include some of the UK's biggest tourist attractions.

  • Kew Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home of the world's largest Victorian Glasshouse.
  • Chessington World of Adventures. With more than 40 rides and 1000 animals, Chessington is a great day out for the whole family.
  • Osterley Park, a magnificent neo-classical house and interiors and one of the last surviving country estates in London.
  • Ham House & Garden, one of the grandest Stuart houses in England.
  • Strawberry Hill House, a dazzling castle restored thanks to an £8.9m restoration.

For things to do this weekend, find out what's on in our Surrey events calendar.

Thomas Sopwith

Kingston has a rich aviation history as 2012 celebrated the centenary of Thomas Sopwith, of Sopwith Camel fame. It’s a hundred years since he moved his factory to the town. We’ll also celebrate another form of transport; cycling, as Kingston played host to three exciting events at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games including the men’s and women’s Road Races and the Time Trial event.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Kingston Town Centre is 12 miles from Central London and only 8 miles from London’s M25 orbital motorway and is conveniently located for the M3, M4 and A3.

Kingston Town Centre offers ample parking for shoppers, with over 6000 parking spaces available, many charging a £2 flat rate after 6.30pm.

Please note, parking restrictions are in force seven days a week, including bank holidays.

What's Nearby

  1. Hampton Court Palace

    This magnificent palace set in delightful gardens was famously one of Henry VIII’s...

    1.28 miles away
  2. Discovery Richmond Tours

    Interesting guided tours packed full of the fascinating Richmond area, impressive...

    1.47 miles away
  3. Ditton Cruisers

    For a fun day out why not hire a boat and cruise along the Thames.

    1.54 miles away
  1. Strawberry Hill House

    Visiting Strawberry Hill is a truly theatrical experience, with a unique collection of...

    2.36 miles away
  2. Ham House and Garden


    A unique 17th-century treasure trove

    This rare and atmospheric 17th-century house...

    2.43 miles away
  3. Sandown Park Racecourse

    Get your heart racing at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher.  

    3.34 miles away
  4. Chessington World of Adventures Resort

    With over 40 rides and attractions in 10 themed lands, a Zoo with over 1,000 animals and...

    4.23 miles away
  5. Kempton Park Racecourse

    Kempton Park in Sunbury-on-Thames is the London's premier all-weather horse racing and...

    4.31 miles away
  6. Claremont Landscape Garden


    A garden for all seasons

    Steeped in nearly 300 years of history, this...

    4.42 miles away
  7. Epsom Common

    Epsom Common is recognised nationally as important for wildlife; it covers 176 hectares...

    4.95 miles away
  8. Morden Hall Park


    A park at the heart of the community

    Morden Hall Park is green oasis in the city,...

    5.17 miles away
  9. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

    Come wander the 4.5 acres of gardens under glass, admire the unique landscapes and lose...

    5.23 miles away
  10. The Homewood

    Come visit this well-preserved 20th-century Modernist house and garden.

    5.36 miles away
  11. Osterley Park


    Magnificent neo-classical house and interiors, landscape park and gardens

    With a...

    5.9 miles away
  12. Epsom Downs Racecourse

    Epsom Downs Racecourse is one of England’s premier racecourses located near Epsom, Surrey...

    6.99 miles away
  13. Painshill Landscape Garden

    Painshill is a great family day out and a beautiful 18th century landscape garden to...

    7.3 miles away
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