Arts and Culture
Richmond upon Thames is a true cultural hotspot with galleries, museums and two famous theatres.
The Riverside Gallery, centrally located within the Old Town Hall, offers a diverse programme of free exhibitions throughout the year. You’ll find a peaceful and thoughtful atmosphere where you can fully appreciate the work of many talented artists.
Whitewall Galleries on Hill Street was created to make the amazing world of contemporary art accessible to everyone. Each gallery is an architect designed display space and the beautifully proportioned and exquisitely lit rooms offer a uniquely flexible environment within which the artwork can come to life.
One Paved Court
One Paved Court is an artist-run space in the heart of Richmond upon Thames that houses an exciting programme of innovative, serious and stimulating work and allows visitors the opportunity to engage directly with artists working in a range of media.
Museum of Richmond
Also located in the Old Town Hall, The Richmond Museum’s collections covers a period from prehistory to the modern day and explains Richmond’s past benefit, education and enjoyment of everyone.
Situated opposite the famous Green, Richmond Theatre is one the South East’s leading entertainment venues showcasing the best UK and West End productions throughout the year. Richmond Theatre welcomes a quarter of a million visitors to over 40 productions annually, performing for about 49 weeks per year.
Built in 1899, by the famous theatre architect Frank Matcham, the theatre is a charming Grade 1 listed building which retains most of its original features.
The Orange Tree Theatre
Established in 1971 at the site of the eponymous legendary pub, the Orange Tree is known for discovering (and re-discovering) writers and promoting their work. Such artists include Martin Crimp, James Saunders, Vaclav Havel, Fay Weldon and Torben Betts. Voted London’s Most Welcoming Theatre in 2016. With its intimate 180 seat auditorium, The Orange Tree is a highly-respected Off West End theatre.
The Poppy Factory
Richmond upon Thames is home to The Poppy Factory, the UK’s leading employment charity for veterans with health conditions or impairments.
The factory in Richmond employs around 30 disabled veterans to produce the poppies and wreaths for the Royal Family and The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal – something they have done since 1922.
Tours of the factory are free but must be booked in advance. To find out more visit their website