Join us for a fantastic tour of Richmond’s literary highlights, taking in Virginia Woolf’s home in Paradise Road, where the first edition of ‘The Wasteland’ by TS Eliot was handprinted, and see the new bronze statue of the literary icon seated on a bench on beautiful Richmond Riverside. Other renowned authors who lived in the neighbourhood include George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Bertrand Russell, Horace Walpole, William Coleridge, Walter de la Mare, Alexander Pope and more recently Barbara Taylor Bradford, Judith Kerr, Bamber Gascoigne, David Attenborough and Rebecca West. Other highlights include learning of the Tudor past with vestiges of the royal palace on Richmond Green.
Go to the quaint bookshop Books on the Rise on Hill Rise, where the campaigners for the bronze statue are based and you can browse among books by Virginia Woolf and other literary luminaries, and purchase souvenirs such as t-shirts, mugs and maquettes related to Woolf.
After the tour you can experience some of Richmond’s many restaurants or continue up Hill Rise to take in the wonderful view of the Thames, painted by Turner, or venture into the famous Richmond Park to see the wild deer.
The tour is conducted by authorised Blue Badge Guides.
Minimum number of people for the tour = 15