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Living in Twickenham- Things to Do and See in Twickenham

Life has gone full circle and here we are living in Twickenham again, on the outskirts of London. It’s where our kids were born and where we bought our first homes before emigrating to tropical North Queensland. I have to say I’m quite happy with that, it’s a nice place to call home and within easy striking distance of London for big, fun days out. Without all the details of where we’re living and what it’s costing us, (that’s for another post) I thought I’d give you a quick tour of Twickenham, one of several places around the world we call home.

Swans on the river Thames Twickenham London
A walk along the Thames from Twicken to Richmond is always a great way to escape London bustle and connect with our beautiful wildlife.

Twickenham is in Middlesex and is a part of the outer London borough of Richmond Upon Thames. It is in South London.

Living in Twickenham

There are many advantages and Twickenham is justifiably popular particularly with new and young families. Facilities are good, road connections also but it’s that bit too far from Richmond to make hopping on the District Line easy. Instead, we needed to use the overland lines for commutes into London and to take the children to the zoo or central London, it was often easier to take the car (and pay the congestion charge, or go on a Saturday or Sunday when it didn’t apply). There are so many things to do in London with kids that we were never short of adventures. Some thoughts on living in Twickenham, things to do and so on.

Is Twickenham Worth Visiting?

Most visitors to London and the UK probably don’t visit Twickenham unless they are rugby-obsessed but Twickenham is worth visiting. The Thames-side walks, old streets and buildings along the riverside are quite lovely. Add to that good dining, a few interesting attractions like the sculpture park, Eel Pie Island, and a scattering of stately homes, and Twickenham could be a great place for a day trip or weekend away.

Eating and Drinking in Twickenham

We have more pubs and restaurants than you could even hope to try. There are beautiful old pubs, some with views of the Thames and a few more modern bars. We have restaurants serving Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and many other cuisines.

Twickenham also has some great food stores, there are branches of the big chains and smaller specialist shops. Sandy’s Fishmongers is a thriving local business, a fish shop that on Saturdays, you will have to queue to enter. Right across the main road is a butcher selling all the organic, grass-fed meats that are so popular these days. There are obviously a lot of foodies in Twickenham to support so many up-market food outlets.

Living in Twickenham Sandy's Fish Twickenham

On Saturday morning Twickenham Farmer’s Market brings us fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, and speciality meats, all from the local area.

If you miss the Saturday market, Richmond‘s Duckpond market, a short walk up the Thames, is open on Sundays.

Local Food at Twickenham Farmers Market Living in Twickenham

History in Twickenham

A Thames-side address was obviously as desirable in the past as it is today. We have several stately homes within walking distance. Ham House, on the other side of the river, is accessible by a little family-run ferry and was one of the grandest Stuart houses in the country.

Ferry Crossing the river Thames Twickenham Living in Twickenham

Ham House is run by the National Trust and we very much enjoyed our visit. There were hands-on displays and a treasure hunt for the kids, along with the beautiful gardens and tea rooms making a great family day out.

Marble Hill House Vintage Car Living in Twickenham

On the Twickenham side we have Marble Hill House ,Orleans House and York House with gardens, a gallery and the remarkable riverside sculpture garden belonging to York House. Former resident Sir Ratan Tata, of the Indian motor vehicle company, had the over-sized water nymphs and horses installed. We can walk to all four houses mentioned here within 10 minutes.

Statues River Thames Twickenham Tatta House

Other famous former residents include Alexander Pope, Turner and the Twining tea family.

Twickenham museum, near the river, is a small attraction, but free and informative, the staff gave us a lovely personal tour.

Location. Where is Twickenham and is it a Good Place to Live?

Living in Twickenham is considered highly desirable and house prices are high. At our end of town we’re closer to Richmond Upon Thames than Twickenham town centre. We can walk here, to up-market Richmond, within 5 minutes. Or stroll into Twickenham for the library and the shops within 10.

Walking from Twickenham to Richmond crossing Richmond Bridge Living in Twickenham

In another couple of minutes, we’re on the District Line and heading for central London.

We can be at any of London‘s famous sites within an hour, train connections are superb and being at the end of the tube system is a big saver on transport costs compared to more out-lying locations..

Twickenham for Tourists

I’m not going to suggest that you particularly put Twickenham on your list of must-see places for the UK. It’s not going to compete with Stonehenge or the Avebury stone circles, but, if you’re in the area, it’s well worth a look.

River Thames and Eel Pie Island Twickenham. Playground on the river.

For sports fans, Twickenham Rugby Stadium offers tours of the iconic home base of English rugby, or a stroll by the river and a meal and a pint in one of our lovely old pubs may be more your scene. Walk in the parks, feed the swans, admire the stately homes, let your children play in the great playgrounds, it’s a perfect place to be. Don’t forget the check out Eel Pie Island and some of our very good pubs!

Living in Twickenham Things to Do and See in Twickenham

We think Twickenham is a lovely spot, if we didn’t, we wouldn’t live here as frequently as we do. It’s becoming a habit!

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Amrit

Friday 8th of November 2019

Perhaps you could also have mentioned Turner’s connection to Twickenham. His ‘country residence’ in Sandycome road. Amrit

Alyson Long

Saturday 9th of November 2019

You're right. I used to walk past it on the way to Tesco at St Margarets

Claire Isabella

Thursday 22nd of August 2019

I didn’t know you lived in Twickenham. We lived in Hounslow many years ago and used to walk there or bus/tube it to Richmond. Many happy memories reading this.

Alyson Long

Friday 23rd of August 2019

I worked at West Middlesex Hospital, used to walk in along the Thames. We also lived in Richmond but the 2 houses we renovated were in Twickenham, near the green. I thought you were Australian for some reason!

Lisa/Syncopated Mama

Sunday 23rd of October 2016

Looks like a lovely town and I love how you can walk so many places, even though you're not in the middle of the city!

Emma @ Life. By Emma

Saturday 13th of September 2014

I'm hanging out for your 'Where to live' and 'How much it costs to live in London' posts. We've only been here three days and I don't want to leave. I checked the price of Flats for rent in the area we are staying (Battersea/Clapham Junction) and it's super expensive, I have no idea how a normal family can afford to live in London. But I'd sure like to find out!

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Saturday 13th of September 2014

Well it depends how much you want to spend Emma! I can tell you that we get by on between 50 and 100 pounds per week on food/transport/expenses. Our rent is a killer. 1300 pounds/month, but it's a great flat in a perfect location, 1 bedroom, plenty big enough for us. It's much cheaper to buy, which is why we're considering it. This is why we left London first time around, we couldn't afford what we then considered to be essentials, on one salary, I would have been working full time too, which for me, with 2 babies, was totally out of the question.

Suzanne Sherwood

Monday 25th of August 2014

If you want to visit Twickenham The Travelodge at Twickenham has some great deals at times.It is adjacent to the railway station. Another interesting property at Twickenham is Strawberry Hill, built by Horace Walpole. It is in the gothic revival style and well worth a visit.

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Alyson is the creator of World Travel Family travel blog and is a full-time traveller, blogger and travel writer. A lifetime of wanderlust and now over 7 years on the road, 50+ countries allowed the creation of this website, for you. She has a BSc and worked in pathology before entering the travel arena and creating this website. World Travel Family Travel Blog has been helping you travel more, better and further since 2012, when Alyson and James first had this life changing idea. On this site you can find endless travel information, tips and guides plus how to travel, how to fund travel and how to start your own travel blog.

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