Kingston upon Thames


Type:Towns & Villages

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


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 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.
  • Ham Hous and Gardens, 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. Ditton Cruisers

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

    1.54 miles away
  3. Sandown Park Racecourse

    Get your heart racing at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher.  

    3.34 miles away
  1. 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
  2. Kempton Park Racecourse

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

    4.31 miles away
  3. Epsom Common

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

    4.95 miles away
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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

    5.23 miles away
  5. Epsom Downs Racecourse

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

    6.99 miles away
  6. Painshill Landscape Garden

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

    7.3 miles away
  7. Chertsey Meads

    71 hectares (175 acres) of wildflower meadow on the banks of the Thames

    7.62 miles away
  8. Brooklands Museum

    Brooklands Museum is on the site of the world's first purpose-built motor racing circuit…

    7.68 miles away
  9. Mercedes-Benz World

    Everything you could wish to know about visiting Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey, including…

    8.01 miles away
  10. Thorpe Park

    As the nation’s Thrill Capital, THORPE PARK IS THE ‘must do’ destination for adrenaline…

    8.64 miles away
  11. Bookham Common

    Ancient commons, mentioned in the Domesday Book, with grassland plains, mighty oak woods…

    8.77 miles away
  12. Bocketts Farm Park

    Set in the beautiful countryside, Bocketts Farm offers a great day out whatever the…

    8.78 miles away
  13. Country Walks Walking Holidays

    A Country Walks holiday will give you an enhanced sense of wellbeing, and leave you…

    9.47 miles away
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