Welcome to Hampton Court and Molesey and welcome to our guide. In this article I will show you where to go and what to do in one of the countries most famed boroughs.
Along with Hampton Court Palace, which was built for Cardinal Wolsey and then eventually passed onto Henry VIII, there is loads to do ranging from going to numerous restaurants and rowing clubs, to walks in the park and visits to the pubs.
Your first ‘must visit’ will take you on a boat. River cruises from Hampton Court Pier to Kew, Richmond or Westminster offer a scenic single or round trip and a chance to navigate through the locks at Richmond and Teddington.
If sport is your thing, take a short walk to Molesey boat club which is recognized as one of the best clubs in the country with Olympic rower Andy Hodge as a member. Every weekend you can watch races on the 4km stretch of the river which is widely considered to be one of the best places to row on the Thames.
If you are in Hampton Court and Molesey at the start of July, a must visit attraction will be the flower show. Now a televised event on BBC 1 and the biggest flower show in the world, many people flock to the royal palace to see the some of the best displays across the planet.
If you are looking for a relaxing walk then you are in the right place. A quick walk across the Hampton Court Road and into Bushy Park will place you in another royal park. While completely different to its big brother across the road (Hampton Court Palace Park) you will still have some great views and fantastic walks stretching before you.
Leaving the royal parks and head down the river, why not stop off in one of the the riverside cafés in the East Molesey cricket club & Molesey Boat Club a haven for dog walkers, cyclists and hikers seeking refreshments on their journeys.
Finally a must visit in Hampton (just down the road from the palace) is the open air pool. Open in the summer months, Hampton Open Air Swimming Pool is a great way to relax in the summer months on a warm balmy day, but remember to beat the crowds so get there early.
Written by: Jonathan Pell.