Isabella Plantation is a woodland garden in Richmond Park in south west London. It is managed by The Royal Parks.
Originally located in a boggy part of Richmond Park, it was labelled on a 1771 map as Isabell Slade. Slade, or sleyt, meant a bog or open space between woods and or banks, and isabel meant dirty or greyish brown, referring to the colour of the soil there.
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|Tuesday||7:30 AM – 8:15 PM|
|Wednesday||7:30 AM – 8:15 PM|
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|Saturday||7:30 AM – 8:15 PM|
|Sunday||7:30 AM – 8:15 PM|
Stephen Cole | Mar 22, 2018
This is a stunningly beautiful place, particularly in spring and early summer when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in flower, but it is worth visiting at any time of year. Oak woodland is underplanted with shrubs on a gently sloping site, with several ponds linked by small streams. It can get busy on sunny summer weekends, but most of the time it is wonderfully quiet. There's disabled parking at the bottom gate, and (slightly uneven) wheelchair access throughout - though someone will be pushing uphill some of the time! And there are toilets near the top.
Stephen E | Apr 1, 2018
Recenty substantially improved landscaping, planting and enhanced facilities. Magical atmosphere all year round and in particular in Spring and Summer. A beautiful haven.
Ina Ciobanu | Mar 14, 2018
A true slice of heaven with a variety of multi-sensory treats. Perfect for an afternoon walk. On the way there from Ham Common we even meet the famous deer herd :)
Alan Bailey | Feb 24, 2018
Nice place to spend sunny Sunday afternoon with family. Cafe is in the palace and faces beautiful park. Highly recommend for relaxing & chilling without leaving the city.
Anjana Silva | Oct 11, 2017
One of the best plantations that I have ever been in the UK. If you are in west London this is a must go place. The area is filled with large to small trees, landscapes, bushes, ponds, birds to name a few. I would advice you to be prepare to spend at least 3-4 hours if you don't want to miss a single thing this beautiful plantation has to offer. It is truly a hidden gem within the boundaries of Richmond Park. Plenty of free Car parking available inside the park (outside the plantation, obviously). Thank you.
Amy McIntyre | May 12, 2018
Such a beautiful place, especially in May when all of the flowers come out. The amount of colour is amazing! There are also a couple of lovely ponds with ducks, so a great place to take kids to. It's quite big so you can spend quite a long time wandering around, and there are toilets at one of the entrances and signposts in various locations.
Michael Chang | Apr 22, 2018
A smallish garden enclosed by Richmond Park with many windy paths and little streams running through it. Especially pretty in spring when the blossom is out. So easy to get a bit lost in the middle, as there are many bushes blocking your view. But this creates some intimate areas around the garden.
John Baker | May 7, 2018
This little area within Richmond Park is simply beautiful. Lots of plants, lots of colors, a few ponds with ducks and geese, and plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by. It's not actually very big, when you see it on the map it's remarkably small given how large it feels when you're walking around it. It feels big enough to get lost but you can walk end-to-end in just a few minutes. Around April the bluebells are out in force, and around the end of May the reflecting pool is simply stunning. It's worth a visit at just about any time of year. Even the time I got caught there in a rainstorm it didn't feel overly troublesome.
David Newman | May 2, 2018
The Isabella Plantation, right in the heart of Richmond Park, is a beautiful and tranquil place to visit, especially at this time of year when the azaleas , rhododendrons and many other plants are in bloom. Well worth visiting if you want to experience some peace and tranquillity after the hubbub of normal London life. Plentiful free parking is available nearby, within the park itself. Treat yourself!
Catarina Brazão | May 11, 2018
Amazing time of the year to visit such a beautiful place. The flowers together looked like a rainbow... The entrance is free but you can make a donation, which completely deserve. Strongly recommend!
Sanjay Pappachan | Jun 9, 2018
Beautiful, well maintained park within Richmond park. Early May was almost magical with flowers of all colours filling the entire park, the rivulet in it, the small ponds scattered within, the bees. We did have to take care as there were mosquitoes in some areas. The still pond was tranquil especially later in the day when the park is almost empty. You can just sit there and be at peace taking in the mirror like water surface and flowers around it. If you visit Richmond park, do visit Isabella.
Leonid Ge | Jun 2, 2018
This garden has loads of beautiful blooming trees and they all bloom at once! All colours of flowers here: red, white, blue, violet, pink, magenta, green, black etc. There is a small pond and some fancy ducks there which I have never seen in Britain. They are definitely brought from abroad. Worth visiting, however avoid their bio-toilet if you don't want to spoil the impression from blooming flower scents.
Radhika Wadhwa | May 28, 2018
Beautiful place full of unique plants and flowers! Visited when I was a kid and then yesterday but... One problem! The toilets are horrendous and disturbing!!! No flush, humongous hole into the ground, no soap or sink! There’s automatic doors though-doesn’t make sense! Make sure you go at home! :/
Angelica Vianello | Jul 8, 2018
Beautiful garden, that offers a spectacular scenery on each moment of the year. Be sure to download (or grab at the entrance) the small guide to its most interesting spots amd plants. Also, if you're looking for extra information, you may find that some of the gardeners and ground keepers can offer you lots of fascinating details
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