Park on the edge of former royal palace that ranks as UK's most scenic dog walk

Scenes from Bushy Park, September 2015. pic by Gemma Goodman from Stanwell
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Located near the regal Hampton Court Palace just over the border into London is the UK’s most scenic dog walk in the UK. With 445 hectares of green pastures and elegant water gardens, the spot is the perfect place to visit with the dog.

Roaming wildlife like deer and waterfowl can be spotted at the park, attracting 170,000 Instagram posts and 1,700 TikTok posts showcasing it’s beauty. Petsure has used social media to find the nation's favourite, and has revealed Bushy Park is most snapped online.

With gorgeous landmarks and grand fountains, it’s not hard to see why the spot on Hampton Court Palace's doorstep is so popular. The Diana Fountain in honour of the Roman goddess and baroque-style gardens make the site perfect for photography.


Bushy Park in Richmond -Credit:Matthew Toms
Bushy Park in Richmond -Credit:Matthew Toms

There’s also a wild side to Bushy Park, with sheltered woodlands home to deer. You can also find the Longford River which is home to plenty of rare birds like kingfishers and Mandarin ducks.

It’s easily accessible, but only one entrance is located outside the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ). Two of the other entrances at Bourne Park Close and Bushey Close are in ULEZ, but Old Barn Lane isn’t.

Car parking is free and there are plenty of spaces available Those taking public transport will find train stations at Teddington, Hampton Wick and Hampton Court, and the area is also served by several bus routes.

While the park is a wonderful place to visit with the dog, there are certain rules and restrictions to follow. This is designed to keep all safe including wild animals roaming around.

Throughout summer, walkers are asked to keep their dogs on a lead, as it is now the birthing season for deer. Stick to paths and avoid bracken and hedges where baby deer might be concealed and skylarks could be nesting.

Located in Richmond in South London, but it's a stone’s throw away from Surrey and the M3. It’s right near Hampton Court and East Molesey, both great places to visit for a day out while in the area.

East Molesey has some fabulous places to go for food, with a whole host of cuisines in one street. Bridge Road offers Italian by Casa Mia, Lebanese with Mezzet, Thai Siam Paragon and Le Petit Nantais, a French restaurant.

There are also kiosks at the park, for those who want a quick coffee or snack. The Pheasantry offers a large cafe and information centre with hot and cold meals and cakes, as well as deli items using local ingredients.

A little kiosk at the Diana car park also serves take-out drinks and snacks, with a deli-style catering service run by Colicci. They serve bacon rolls, sandwiches, hot dogs, freshly brewed continental coffees, homemade cakes and ice creams.

Alternatively, it’s a great spot to bring a picnic, especially under the trees near the river. However, there are some rules that apply, so make sure to check before turning up.

Groups can’t be larger than 20 and groups shouldn’t pitch up tents or marquees. Visitors are also asked not to bring barbeques or glass cups and only play ball games in areas where it is allowed.

Opening times

The Diana car park kiosk is open from 9am to 4.30pm and The Pheasantry is open from 9am to 6pm in the summer. For pedestrians, the park is open 24 hours, seven days a week, and the vehicle gates open from 6,30am until 9pm.

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