With a rich history of settlements that stretches back to the Bronze Age, Twickenham remains one of the most beautiful, lush and leafy suburbs of London. From its impressive town centre to its wide range of restaurants, bars and pubs, Twickenham has a unique and authentic identity all of its own – and remains one of the most dependable property markets in the whole of the capital. Here’s everything you need to know about this peaceful riverside location…
What’s Twickenham like?
Probably best known for its stadium (the largest rugby union-specific stadium in the world), which hosted Rugby World Cup games in 1991, 1999 and 2015, Twickenham is globally renowned for being the heart of British Rugby. However, the town is also steeped in history and culture. Centuries before the invention of the great game, Twickenham was the unwitting birthplace of the Gothic Revival architectural movement.
Built by the English writer Horace Walpole in 1749, Strawberry Hill House is an extraordinary landmark of Gothic architecture, as well as providing the campus for St. Mary’s University. Its roof, battlements and mantelpieces bristle with spires and gargoyles; truly a sight to behold.
It’s impossible to talk about Twickenham without mentioning the legendary Eel Pie Island, whose Hotel was a thriving music venue from the 1940s to the ‘60s, playing host to some of rock music’s most iconic bands: from The Rolling Stones to The Who, The Yardbirds and Pink Floyd.
Twickenham is full of places to go and things to see. It boasts a diverse range of properties to suit every budget.
Shopping in Twickenham
Kings Street in Twickenham Town Centre has a broad range of supermarkets, with local artisan butchers and delicatessens nearby. Residents are also blessed with having the vibrant and unusual retailers of Richmond and Teddington within walking distance.
Restaurants in Twickenham
From outstanding sushi bars to authentic Italian cuisine Twickenham has restaurants to suit every palate. Have a look at the vast range of eateries available here.
Twickenham is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in all of London; from the weeping willows of Radnor Gardens to the stunning riverside tranquility of the York House Gardens. Twickenham Green is another great open space, perfect for walking and summer sports.
Is Twickenham good for families?
Although it’s only a 45 minute train journey from Waterloo, Twickenham feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Zone 1. It’s the perfect place to raise a family, with several outstanding schools and colleges all within walking distance.
You can find more on schools in Twickenham here.
Sights and attractions in Twickenham
Strawberry Hill House
268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST
Horace Walpole’s ‘little gothic castle’ was the inspiration for his Gothic masterpiece The Castle of Otranto, which has been described as “the spiritual godfather of Frankenstein and Dracula, the creaking floorboards of Edgar Allan Poe and the shifting stairs and walking portraits of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.”
200 Whitton Rd, Twickenham, TW2 7BA
Twickenham Stadium is the home of England Rugby, the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world and one of London’s premier entertainment venues.
Find further details of events taking place at Twickenham Stadium here.
Also housed within the stadium is The World Rugby Museum.
Eel Pie Island Museum
1-3, Richmond Rd, Twickenham TW1 3AB
Celebrating everything that has made this little island so famous, from its unique working boatyards, to the unique role that the Eel Pie Island Hotel had to play in the British Blues Explosion of the 1960s.
Orleans Road, Twickenham, TW1 3BL
Hammertons Ferry is a passenger and cycle ferry service across the River Thames in the idyllic surroundings of the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames. The ferry links the North bank at Marble Hill House with the South bank near Ham House and is the last remaining Privately owned foot ferry on the Tidal Thames.
For opening times and further information about the ferry see here.
Marble Hill House
Richmond Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 2NL
Built for King George II when he was Prince of Wales, as a gift for Henrietta Howard, Marble House and its gardens were intended as an Arcadian retreat from crowded 18th-century London. Its luxurious interiors boast a fine collection of early Georgian paintings, as well as hand-painted Chinese wallpaper in the dining parlour. It now plays host to a variety of exhibitions and cultural events.
Find out more information on Marble House, including opening times, here.
How much does it cost?
Get the latest Twickenham property market details here.
Twickenham is in the TW postcode area.
Travel in Twickenham
Twickenham is only a 45-minute train journey from Waterloo. The nearest tube station is just a 5 minute train journey away in Richmond.
Twickenham Station is located in London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BD. Find further details on train times here.
Find details about Twickenham bus routes here.
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