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iVisit…. Bushy Park

  • Bushy Park Hampton Court Rd, Hampton Middlesex TW12 2EJ United Kingdom (map)

Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Bushy Park, the second largest of the capital's eight Royal Parks.

Lying north of Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park's mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer. The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.

Bushy Park is like a patchwork quilt of English history. It has remains of medieval farmland, a Tudor deer park, 17th century water gardens and wartime camps.

The history of the park is inextricably linked to the palace, yet it has always had its own distinct rural character. The famous Arethusa 'Diana' Fountain forms the centrepiece to the equally famous Chestnut Avenue.

The flat site on which Bushy Park lies has been settled for at least 4,000 years. There is clear evidence of the medieval field boundaries, with the finest example just south of the Waterhouse Woodland Gardens, where there are traces of the largest and most complete medieval field system in Middlesex.

The park also houses The Pheasantry café, which offers a range of hot and cold meals, snacks, drinks, freshly brewed continental coffees, homemade cakes and ice creams and has indoor and outdoor seating. As well as a refreshment stop/mini café serving a deli style catering service providing for all your refreshment needs. Both open daily.

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