Situated on the river in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames, Twickenham is a large, South West London suburb with a rich history and huge amount to explore on its doorstep.
In addition to boasting beautiful 18th Century architecture and stunning period properties, Twickenham is today synonymous with rugby, best known for being the home of the England Rugby Football Union and for one its main tourist attractions: the iconic Twickenham Stadium. Whether you’re a rugby fan or simply want to take in the beautiful riverside scenery, do a spot of shopping in the town centre and enjoy a stroll around period mansions and gardens, Twickenham has so much to offer. Here at Accor Hotels, we’ve picked out our choice of the five best things to do in Twickenham on your visit to help you make the most of your stay.
1. Twickenham Stadium
Boasting the world’s largest rugby stadium has put Twickenham on the map when it comes to the beloved British sport, and a stay wouldn’t be complete without experiencing it for yourself. With a capacity of 82,000, the stadium is a sight to behold. Whether you catch a game or learn about the stadium’s history on a guided tour, Twickenham Stadium is a must-see for sports fans and a great day out for the whole family.
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2. World Rugby Museum
Make the next stop on your tour of Twickenham the World Rugby Museum, which is handily situated inside the stadium. The RFU has been exhibiting its memorabilia in the museum since 1979, and the collection now contains over 38,000 objects for you to view while learning about the history and culture of England rugby. 2017 saw a huge investment and rebuild of the museum, so now is a great tome to go and see all it as to offer!
3. Ham House and Gardens
If you’re looking for some of that beautiful architecture we mentioned, Ham House and Gardens are well worth a visit. A 17th Century National Trust property located in Richmond, Ham House and its formal gardens offer an atmospheric day out any time of year. With original paintings, textiles and furniture on display, the house gives a rare insight into the period’s fascinating history. Once you’ve looked round the stunning property, you can take a stroll around its impressive grounds and catch a free guided history tour. Finish your visit at the Orangery café, which serves delicious food made with produce from the restored walled kitchen garden.
4. Strawberry Hill House
Next on our list, the stunning Strawberry Hill House and its romantic 5-acre gardens. The gardens comprise of many winding paths, lawns and woodlands. With its round towers and battlements, Strawberry Hill House is world-renowned as one of the best examples of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture in the UK, and is filled fascinating treasures and artwork which visitors are welcome to view. Transformed from a small cottage by Horace Walpole in the mid 18th Century, this Gothic castle and its grounds are a truly spectacular sight and a unique piece of Twickenham’s history.
5. Eel Pie Island
Accessible from the Twickenham embankment via an arching bridge over the Thames, Eel Pie Island is a hidden gem in Twickenham and one of the capital’s best-kept secrets. Known for witnessing the start of British rock ‘n’ roll, Eel Pie Island has hosted iconic musicians including The Rolling Stones, The Who and Pink Floyd. Today, the island is home to many artists’ studios and is a fantastic place to look over the Thames.
So, there you have our pick of the five best things to do in Twickenham. Whether you get to experience all five or just one of the places on our list, you’re guaranteed a great visit. And, as it’s an easy commute into central london, you’ll find Accor hotels near Twickenham are in an excellent location to experience not only all the suburb has to offer, but the rest of London, too!