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Richmond Literary Walks

7 May @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Guided Tour of Richmond 

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Join us for a fascinating guided tour of Richmond-upon-Thames, London’s most beautiful town, once the home of kings and queens.

Founded by King Henry VII who built a Tudor Palace on the riverside, Elizabeth I lived at the palace for many years. William Shakespeare and his band of players even staged plays for her entertainment there.

Other famous former residents include painter, Sir Joshua Reynolds, who lived on Richmond Hill and painted the view of the river, writers George Eliot, who stayed in the town, and Virginia Woolf, who lived in Richmond for ten years. A new bronze statue of Virginia now graces the riverside terraces.

Richmond Green is another of the lovely green spaces where people like to picnic and one of its many famous residents was the actor Richard Attenborough, well known for his role in the Jurassic Park movies. The Green has been featured in many tv series such as Poirot, Grantchester and most recently in Ted Lasso and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.

Starting from Richmond Station which is easy to reach from Central London you will visit several places of historic and literary interest on this wonderful guided walking tour taking place throughout the summer season.

Departs most weekends at 11am, fee £12.

Our Tour Guides (see below) are all experienced and well qualified:

Alan Fortune

Alan Fortune is a qualified guide in the City of Westminster and the Borough of Camden. He has been an Ealing resident for almost 40 years. From 2016-19 he was Director of the course which trains guides for the Borough of Camden. He currently leads walks in Ealing, Brentford, Hanwell, Soho, Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury and St. Pancras.

Freda Dahl-Nielsen

Freda is an adopted Londoner having lived in Ealing for over 30 years. She loves to travel and to find out about places, including exploring London. She qualified in 2019 as a City of London Green Badge Guide, and is also qualified a guide in Camden and Westminster. She isa volunteer at Historic Royal Palaces including as a Guide for the Garden History Tours. She is also a volunteer guide at the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury.

Guy Fairbank

Born in Kent but a resident of West London for 25 years, Guy is a London Blue Badge and City of London Guide, with interests varying from City livery companies to rock music. Aside from guiding around London’s most popular sites he also helps lead bi-monthly walks around Hammersmith.

Elaine Wein

Elaine is a City of Westminster Guide, City of London Guide, A Freeman of the City of London and a London Borough of Camden Guide. Having lived in west London for over 20 years, she has a passion for helping others discover this fascinating and diverse area.


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