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  • 1. History

    In the late 17th century and early 18th century, Twickenham was a popular area for nobility, merchants and other wealthy residents, poets, writers and artists, because the village lacked the pollution of London and was in a pleasant spot by the Thames and easily accessible from the city. The literary and artistic connections continued into the 19th century. JMW Turner designed...Read more and built a house, which still stands in Sandycombe Road. Charles Dickens spent the summer of 1838 in Twickenham and the area features in several of his novels. Alfred Tennyson lived in Chapel House in Montpelier Row from 1851 to 1853, and RD Blackmore, author of 'Lorna Doone', was a master at the Wellesley House School in the Hampton Road in the early 1850s. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Twickenham now comes under the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The area is probably most famous for its rugby stadium, which attracts thousands of sports fans on a regular basis. It is still a popular place to live for those working in the heart of the city, and is a very desirable area for property. It has plenty of attractions for the visitor, including many histor...Read moreic sites and attractive open spaces. Read less

  • 3. Events

    The Twickenham Festival runs for two weeks in June to celebrate everything that is good about the area. Events and performances take place in a variety of venues. Celebrations are held every March at the Orleans House Gallery to mark Holi – the Hindu festival of colour. Revellers throw powder into the air and live entertainment takes place. Twickenham Regatta takes place ev...Read moreery May on the River Thames and attracts around 500 competitors in more than 130 different races. Entertainment is also provided for spectators throughout the day. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    The World Rugby Museum is based at Twickenham Stadium and contains a huge collection of rugby memorabilia. The museum takes visitors on a tour of the game, from its beginnings to the present day. The Twickenham Museum tells the story of the Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and the Hamptons through its exhibitions. Visitors can also look through the archive of photographs, maps,...Read more documents and paintings. Civic building York House dates back to the 17th century and its grounds include sculptures and monuments, a nature trail and other historic features. Orleans House Gallery is an art gallery based in an 18th century building. The main gallery hosts five temporary exhibitions a year and the Stables Gallery stages seven exhibitions a year. Workshops are also held at the site. Strawberry Hill House is a Gothic building with stunning and theatrical rooms to visit as well as landscaped gardens. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Rugby fans can take a guided tour of Twickenham Stadium, where they will see the dressing room, the Royal Box, hospitality suites, the medical room, the players’ tunnel and more. Kneller Gardens has a children’s play area, sports facilities and river walks. Walks along the river can also be started at Twickenham Embankment.

  • 6. Business

    The centre of Twickenham has a good selection of shops, from high street names to independent stores. A farmers’ market also takes place every Saturday. Twickenham Stadium has facilities for business conferences and other corporate events, including a state-of-the-art auditorium with tiered seating for up to 400 delegates and access to a hotel and health club facilities.

  • 7. Transport

    Twickenham has good access to airports, being about six miles from London Heathrow, 20 miles from London City Airport, 30 miles from London Gatwick and 40 miles from London Luton. There are regular mainline train services to Twickenham Station from London Waterloo and Reading. The London Underground station in neighbouring Richmond is on the District Line and Piccadilly Line....Read more The A316 from Twickenham links to the M25 to the west and to the A4 and central London to the east. The M4 can be accessed to the north of Twickenham. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Mary Wallace Theatre, in Twickenham, is home to the Richmond Shakespeare Society and stages a selection of productions throughout the year. Richmond Theatre offers a varied programme of live events from musicals to serious drama and more. The Turk’s Head pub, Twickenham, hosts the Bearcat Comedy Club, which regularly sees performances from big names on the comedy scene....Read more The venue also has live music on Friday nights. Big live music events often take place in Twickenham Stadium. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Twickenham Stadium has a big presence in the area. It was built between 1907 and 1909 and as well as its many facilities, the building includes the Walk of Legends, which is a walkway celebrating some of the greatest England players in history. Marble Hill House is an English Heritage property built in the 1720s. This grand building was built for Henrietta Howard, Countess of ...Read moreSuffolk and mistress of George II, and became a fashionable place where artists, authors, poets and politicians of the day often gathered. Read less

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Eel Pie Island is an island on the River Thames in Twickenham that can only be reached by boat or footbridge. The island was popular with tourists in the 19th century and the eel pies served became famous and led to its current name. The island is now largely residential as well as being home to Twickenham Rowing Club.

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