Spot deer in the city

Richmond, Surrey

It might come as a surprise to discover a deer-filled oasis just a tube ride away from the hustle and bustle of London.

Home to over 600 red and fallow deer, it’s easy to see why Richmond Park was once described as the “lungs of London”. This gorgeous green space is 2,500 acres and the largest of the capital’s Royal Parks.

Charles I moved his court to Richmond Palace, creating enclosed grounds in 1637. Today the only deer stalking you’ll find in this National Nature Reserve are attempts to catch deer grazing on camera. And the Isabella Plantation, an ornamental woodland garden bursting with violet azaleas and emerald green ferns, is the most photogenic sight of them all.


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