Twickenham is a popular destination for family days out as there’s so much to enjoy. Local people love living here and there are great rail and road connections with London being just a short train journey away.
As local residents ourselves we’re lucky enough to have so many fantastic things to do right on our doorstep. That being said we thought we would share some of our favourite things to do in Twickenham.
Table of Contents
- 1. Twickenham Rugby Stadium
- 2. The Cabbage Patch Pub
- 3. Strawberry Hill House & Garden
- 4. Guided Tour of Marble Hill House
- 5. Ham House & Gardens
- 6. Orleans House Gallery
- 7. Eel Pie Island
- 8. Church Street
- 9. York House & Gardens
- 10. Twickenham Museum
- 11. The White Swan Pub
- 12. Sandy’s Fishmongers
- 13. Twickenham Farmers Market
- 14. Twickenham Rowing Club
- 15. Twickenham to Richmond Riverside Walk
- 16. Twickenham Green Cricket
- 17. Twickenham Cycling Club
- 18. The Exchange Twickenham
- 19. River Cruise from Richmond to Kingston
- 20. Lawn Bowls in Radnor Gardens
1. Watch a rugby match at Twickenham Stadium
Twickenham Rugby Stadium is known worldwide for hosting some of the biggest matches in rugby history. It’s the national stadium for England rugby and there are numerous internationals played here throughout the year as well as plenty of charity matches. Check all the upcoming fixtures and results.
Twickenham Stadium offers more than sports events. In addition, to match day fixtures you can enjoy a tour of the stadium, World Rugby Museum, Rugby Store and even attend music events. Some of the biggest names such as U2 and the Rolling Stones have performed here recently. There is a varied events timetable throughout 2019.
If you’re planning on having a few beers and would like zero travel time you should book yourself into local Marriott hotel, which is rather conveniently located within the stadium itself.
Address: Whitton Rd, Twickenham TW2 7BA
2. Enjoy a beer at The Cabbage Patch Pub
The Cabbage Patch name is based on the fact that the part of the ground on which Twickenham Rugby Stadium stands used to be a market garden that grew cabbages. The pub, managed by Fullers, is massively popular on match days and has plenty of seating and standing room, perfect for watching the big screen and on match days. There is also a generously sized outdoor garden.
Address: The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 3SZ
3. Visit Strawberry Hill House & Garden
Strawberry Hill House and Garden is steeped in history and a major attraction in Twickenham. The house was purchased in 1747 by Horace Walpole, the son of Britain’s first Prime Minister Robert Walpole and has been extensively expanded and renovated throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.
Fondly referred to by many as Walpole’s gothic castle, this extraordinary 18th century Georgian house sits on the banks of the River Thames and is widely considered to be one of the areas greatest structures.
The nearest train station is Strawberry Hill Station which is a short 5 minute walk away.
Address: 268 Waldegrave Rd, Twickenham TW1 4ST
4. Take a guided Tour of Marble Hill House
Marble Hill House is best described as a grand Georgian stately home and is another of Twickenham’s great Georgian structures.
Steeped in history, the house belonged to Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, and mistress to King George II.
The house was built over 5 years between 1724 and 1729 sits on the banks of the River Thames in 66 acres of beautiful unspoilt parkland.
The house is open to the public five days a week for seven months of each year.
Address: Richmond Rd, Twickenham TW1 2NL
5. Hop on the Ferry to Ham House & Gardens
Ham House and Gardens was built in 1610 and boasts one of the finest art and textiles collections in the borough.
This splendidly preserved 17th Century house and gardens was the childhood home of Elizabeth Murray, Countess of Dysart, who is reputed to have been an influential figure in English politics around the time of the English Civil War.
The house sits just a few hundred yards back from the River Thames in Ham and is open to the public year round.
Ham House isn’t actually in Twickenham at all, but I wanted to include it in this article because it’s easily accessible from Twickenham. Just a 2 minute ferry trip across the River Thames on the ferry.
Address: Ham St, Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 7RS
6. Visit Orleans House Gallery
Orleans House is a grand 18th Century house built in 1710, that sits near the River Thames in Twickenham.
This fine Palladiam villa was the home of James Johnston, joint Secretary of State for Scotland, who retired to Twickenham at the end of his career.
Orleans House Gallery opened in 1972 and hosts a number of portraits and other art from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames art collection.
Address: Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DJ
7. Take a stroll round Eel Pie Island
Eel Pie Island sits in the middle of the River Thames along Twickenham riverside. Connected by a footbridge the island is now home to various residents and businesses, a boatyard and a number of artists workshops.
There’s much history to the island, dating back to 1743 when it was called Twickenham Ait, a local inn (Eel Pie House) first stood. In more modern times the island is well know for hosting music events where, back in the 1963, The Rolling Stones launched their career performing at the Eel Pie Club.
There are a few events held each year and the islands quirky nature and residential dwellings are well worth a visit.
By Far my favourite artists on the island are cartoonists and caricaturists Simon and Sheba Cassini Bitter and Twisted. You may even spot Simon taking a leisurely swim in the Thames.
Address: Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DY
8. Wander along Church Street
Church Street is the oldest street in Twickenham and gets its name because it is home to St. Mary’s Church.
This historic street boasts boutique type shops, restaurants, pubs and is favourite destination for annual events including Twickenham Festival (7th June until the 23rd of June) as well as St. Valentines day Market and Christmas French Market.
Address: Church Street, Twickenham
9. Visit York House and Gardens
York House dates back to the 17th Century. In 1878 the Duc d’Orleans, from the family of French Aristocats that came to Twickenham in the time of the French Revolution, lived here and made significant improvements to the original house which included tennis courts and a summer house.
By 1906 Sir Ratan Tata had transformed the gardens creating a sunken garden and in 1910 purchased the marble statues that form part of the Naked Ladies Fountain in the gardens.
Address: Sion Rd, Twickenham TW1 3DD
10. Visit Twickenham Museum
The Twickenham Museum is in a Grade II listing building opposite St. Mary’s Church just around the corner from Church Street. It’s a volunteer-run organisation that focuses on the history Twickenham as well as other nearby towns including Teddington, Whitton and Hampton.
Address: 25 The Embankment, Twickenham TW1 3DU
11. Enjoy a drink at The White Swan Pub
The White Swan Pub is, in my opinion, the absolute best pub in Twickenham. It dates back to the 17th Century and is nestled between the Georgian buildings set slightly back from the banks of the riverside.
The beer garden is positioned directly on the river bank, with an adjacent ‘beach’ from where the annual raft race takes place. During the summer
The food here is fantastic and I can personally recommend a Sunday roast. I’m not telling you my favourite spot to sit but once you visit you’ll instantly know where I mean.
Address: Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DN
12. Buy some local produce at Sandy’s Fishmongers
This unsurprisingly popular fishmongers on King Street is a firm favourite with Twickenham locals.
These guys provide the locality community with fresh fish, free range poultry, organic meat, groceries and homemade produce such as sauces. They are also experts at designing and preparing seafood platters for parties and other events. The best thing is that they are also happy to deliver!
Address: 56 King St, Twickenham TW1 3SH
13. Shopping at Twickenham Farmers Market
Twickenham Farmers Market takes place every Saturday between 9am – 1pm in the car park behind M&S
Popular with Twickenham Residents for fresh organically grown fruit and vegetables, free range meats, delicious pies, fresh fish, breads and cakes, cheeses and dairy products as well as delicious cooked foods and drinks.
Address: Holly Road Car Park behind M & S Simply Food, Twickenham TW1 4HF
14. Learn to row at Twickenham Rowing Club
Twickenham Rowing Club has plenty of history associated with at dates back to 1860. The club welcomes members of all levels from beginner to experienced and offer courses for novices.
Enjoy this idyllic stretch of the River Thames with membership fees starting at just £78 for the year.
Address: Eel Pie Island, Twickenham TW1 3DY
15. Enjoy a riverside walk from Twickenham to Richmond
Meander along the footpath that hugs the River Thames from Twickenham Riverside to Richmond Bridge.
Begin at Eel Pie Island passing York house and gardens, Orleans House Gallery, The Swan Pub, children’s play area, Twickenham Ferry, Marble Hill House, gaze across the river to Ham House. You’ll no doubt spot some of the local rowing club members on the water as well as kayaking.
As you approach Richmond Bridge there’s a luxury apartment complex on the left where Richmond Ice Skating Rink once stood. Across the river you’ll see rowing club, boats for hire, look up to Richmond hill where Jerry Hall once lived.
16. Watch the cricket on Twickenham Green
Twickenham Cricket Club play matches on the green. Ladies team as well as juniors where boys and girls from 5 years upwards can enjoy this magnificent game.
Pull up a deck chair on simply lay a picnic blanket on the grass. Twickenham Green is a fine place to relax on a summers day and watch the cricket.
Twickenham Green Annual Village Fete also takes place here and Zippos Circus visits once a year.
Address: The Green, Twickenham TW2 5TU
17. Keep fit with Twickenham Cycling Club
Twickenham Cycling Club are keen to welcome all levels from beginners to experienced cyclists. Enjoy road racing, as well as other cycling disciplines including cyclocross, sportive, time trialling and track racing. Youth and Junior memberships are also available.
The club meets on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Address: All Hallows Church Hall, Erncroft Way, Twickenham TW1 1DA
18. Watch a performance at The Exchange Twickenham
The Exchange Twickenham is a community performance and event venue with an impressive 320-seat theatre, studio rooms, cafe and bar. The venue is managed by St. Mary’s University and a number of fantastic events are scheduled throughout 2019.
Enjoy anything and everything from comedy nights, music events, theatre, films and cinema, exhibitions and talks, as well as courses and workshops including performing arts and fitness.
Address: 75 London Rd, Twickenham TW1 1BE
19. Take a river cruise from Richmond to Kingston
A scenic river cruise is the perfect way to take in some of the sights as you are transported along this scenic stretch of the River Thames through Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington, Kingston and Hampton Court. Turks Launches operate river cruises between Richmond and Hampton Court stopping at Kingston along its route.
Address: Town End Pier, 68 High St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HN
20. Enjoy lawn bowls in Radnor Gardens
Radnor Gardens is a lush green open space quite close to Strawberry Hill House. This parkland runs along the banks of the River Thames and is adorned by weeping willows. The area features a children’s playground, small cafe and lawn bowling with Strawberry Hill Bowling Club.
Address: Radnor Gardens, Cross Deep, Twickenham, TW1 4RB