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  • 1. History

    One piece of visible history in Kingston upon Thames is the Coronation Stone, situated next to the Guildhall in the town centre. The stone contains the names of seven Anglo-Saxon kings who are said to have been crowned in Kingston in the 10th century. Clattern Bridge is the oldest bridge in Surrey still in use. It was built in 1293 and is now a scheduled ancient monument.

  • 2. Now

    Kingston is a popular place with shoppers and is home to the award-winning Bentall Shopping Centre. There is plenty of history and culture to be found in the town, with art galleries, museums and theatres on offer. Kingston University contributes to the atmosphere of the town and has over 25,000 students. Its sports, fitness, health and entertainment facilities are also open ...Read moreto the public. Read less

  • 3. Events

    The Harvest Extravaganza takes place at the Kingston Environment Centre every September and includes a day of fun and music aimed at all ages. Kingston Food Festival takes place in June and is centred around the town’s Ancient Market Place. This event runs for 10 days and includes demonstrations, tastings, visiting markets, events for children and more. Think In Kingston is...Read more a month-long festival of ideas that takes place every October. Events include yoga, walks, poetry and discussions. The International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) takes place in July and is a significant event on the national arts scene. Young people aged between five and 26 perform on the streets and in venues in the town during the festival. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Kingston Museum tells the history of the borough from its ancient origins to modern times. The museum has changing temporary exhibitions, lectures, talks, special events and children’s holiday activities. Chessington World of Adventures is within the borough of Kingston and includes rides for all ages, The Land of the Dragons, Chessington Zoo and more. Hampton Court Palace ...Read moreis set within 60 acres of beautiful gardens. The royal palace itself tells the story of many kings and queens who have lived there. The famous maze on site attracts visitors from all over the world. Ham House, on the outskirts of Kingston, is a 17th-century house with partially restored formal gardens. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Kingston is based on an attractive section of the River Thames and visitors can choose from a number boat trips that are on offer. The riverside also has walking and cycling routes, pubs and restaurants. The list of art galleries in the town includes Dorich House, which has a collection of art and artefacts from Imperial Russia; the Penny School Gallery, which hosts exhibition...Read mores of contemporary art, design and crafts; and the Stanley Picker Gallery, which is part of Kingston University. Read less

  • 6. Business

    The Bentall Shopping Centre attracts over 14 million visitors every year. It contains more than 80 shops, cafes, restaurants, a health club, crèche and more. The centre building includes a huge glass atrium containing 2,000 fibre optic lights. The Eden Walk Shopping Centre contains shops, cafes and restaurants as well as hundreds of parking spaces. The Ancient Market Place i...Read mores a bustling area of the town centre and has a market running six days a week. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    Kingston is close to the A3, which links to London to the north east and Portsmouth to the south. The M3 can be easily accessed to the west of the town and this links to the M25. Train services to and from the town are good and trains to London’s Waterloo leave regularly and take just 30 minutes. The nearest airport to Kingston is Heathrow, which is about nine miles from t...Read morehe town. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Rose Theatre is a relatively new venue offering a selection of live events from some of the country’s leading companies and performers. Live music and arts performances take place regularly at The Toilet Gallery and the Kingston College Theatre. There are plenty of small venues for live music in the town, including The Grey Horse, The Peel and The Bacchus.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Kingston Bridge is a road bridge that was built in 1828. This bridge replaced an old wooden bridge, which had been the only crossing of the River Thames north of London Bridge until 1729. Picton House is a building in the town centre that was owned by a man called Cesar Picton, who was brought from Africa in 1971 as a child servant. He became a rich and well respected gentleman...Read more and businessman. Read less

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Famous people born in Kingston upon Thames include publicist to the stars Max Clifford, TV personality Debbie McGee and actress Susannah Doyle.

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