This urban oasis is the ideal location for a spot of wildlife watching. The free-ranging fallow and red deer herds are star of the show, while native wildlife roams the grassy and wooded areas.
A former hunting park of Henry VIII, the deer are a firm part of Bushy Park’s heritage. The 320-strong herd have the run of the park and are vital to maintaining the ecosystem.
If you’re visiting during the Autumn months, bring your binoculars to watch the splendour of rutting deer. The large males roar, bark and clash antlers in a spectacular way that’s magical to watch, but from a distance! So, be sure to keep your pup under control and leave at least 50m space between you and deer.
We recommend taking a gentle stroll alongside the Longford river and keeping your eyes peeled for elusive water vole. This charismatic mammal is a delight to watch as it scurries along the riverbanks, for both hound and human.
Look out for the majestic Diana Fountain, which sits at the centre of a round basin at the junction of Chestnut and Lime Avenues. Topped by a glorious golden statue of the hunting goddess, it’s the pawfect spot to pause for a breath and take in the view.
Dogs are sadly not permitted in the Woodland Gardens, or the onsite café The Pheasantry. However, there’s a refreshment point in the Diana Car Park that can provide light nibbles and a warming cup of tea post-walk. Opening times vary seasonally, however it’s usually open from 8.30am onwards.
Bushy Park is right next door to Henry VIII’s majestic Hampton Court Palace. You can park for free inside Bushy Park and explore both Bushy Park and certain areas with the Palace grounds as well. Dogs are not allowed in the Palace, the Formal Gardens or the Maze, but they are allowed to wander the courtyard and river banks in front of the palace, the Wilderness area, the Rose Garden and the Tiltyard – all of which you can visit for free.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: Hampton Ct Rd, Hampton TW12 2EJ, United Kingdom
There are four car parks within the park, which can be found using the park map. Visitors should be aware that car parks can fill up fast on weekends due to recurring sports events (between 9am-11am every Saturday, and from 11am-12.30pm on the first Sunday of every month).
Alternatively visitors can use Clapperstile car park, which is accessible from Queens Road, Teddington, and then enter Bushy Park on foot via Clapperstile Gate.
Visitors can take the train from Waterloo to Teddington/Hampton Wick/Hampton Court. They then walk 5 to 10 minutes, entering the park through the Sandy Lane Gates.
The park is also served by several bus routes, including 111 Kingston – Heathrow; 216 Kingston – Staines; 411 Kingston – West Molsey; 481 Kingston – West Middlesex Hospital; X26 Express service Heathrow – Croydon; R68 Hampton Court – Richmond. Get out at Hampton Court Gate off Hampton Court Road and Teddington Gate off Sandy Lane.
To plan your journey, visit Transport for London.
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