Longford River in winter
Bushy Park

Welcome to Bushy Park

Over 1,000 acres of historic parkland lies waiting for you to explore!

Frequently asked questions

Please find some of Bushy Park’s most frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find the information you need then you can get in touch by using our contact form.

Filter by

The pedestrian gates are open 24 hours a day, except during the six week deer culls from September to mid October and November to mid December. During these months, pedestrian gates open from 8am and close at 10:30pm.

The vehicle gates open from 6:30am and close at dusk each day, which varies throughout the year. This week's opening hours, and any public notices relating to temporary closures (due to park events or maintenance, for example) can be found on the Bushy Park web page.

2024 opening times
You can view the 2024 opening times for Bushy Park here.

Bushy Park is well served by a range of different public transport services:

Train
The closest mainline stations are Hampton Wick and Teddington to the north-east of the park. Both are served by services from South Western Railway. Walking times from each station are just 5 minutes to the closest park gate.

Tube
There is no underground station within easy reach of the park, so we would recommend using the mainline rail services shown above.

Bus
There are plenty of options for getting to the park by bus. Use an online planner from TfL or Google to prepare for your journey.

Cycle
Cycling to Bushy Park has never been easier. There are a number of cycleways passing through and around the park, which you can explore by using the cycle map layer on OpenStreetMap or the cycling route planner from Google.

Bushy Park is approximately 445 hectares (1,100 acres) in size - the equivalent of four Hampton Court Palaces! The park's perimeter is approximately 6.6 miles long. You can view or download the park map here.

First settled during the Bronze Age, Bushy park really began to take shape at the end of the 15th century under the reign of Henry VIII when farmland began to be enclosed with walls - a process speeded up with the creation of nearby Hampton Court Palace. It became very popular for recreation during Queen Victoria's reign and also played a key role during the two world wars as a base for foreign allied troops. 

More information on the park's history can be found here.

There are 5 main car parks which are located at Coleshill Road Gate, Pheasantry Café, Diana Fountain, and Hampton Court Green, with additional weekend parking via Clapperstile Gate. Locations for each are shown on our park map. Vehicle gate times are shown on the park web page.

Disabled parking
Disabled parking is available at Coleshill Road Gate, Pheasantry Café, Diana Fountain, Bushy Park Playground and Woodland Gardens, with additional weekend parking via Clapperstile Gate.

Car parking in Bushy Park is free of charge.

Yes, cycling is permitted within Bushy Park, but only on larger roads where stated (e.g. Chestnut Avenue, Cobbler's Walk etc.). Smaller paths and tracks across the park are for pedestrians only, and cycling is not permitted. Please be considerate and give space to other park users and the park's wildlife. Please be mindful of your speed and other road vehicles.

You can check permitted cycleways on OpenStreetMap.

There is a 20p charge to use the public toilets in the parks. We have recently installed a contactless system which accepts credit/debit cards, prepaid cards and mobile wallet payments like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Cash is no longer accepted.

Bushy Park has one main café - the Pheasantry Café. There are also several smaller refreshment kiosks dotted throughout the park. View the Food and Drink section for full details of each outlet, along with their latest menus.

You can find their locations on the park map.

Bushy Park is perfect for a wide range of sports activities including bowls, cricket, fishing*, football, rugby and swimming. And with a network of smaller paths and trails it also makes a great destination for walking and running surrounded by the park's wonderful nature and unique wildlife.

Discover more here.

*permit required - apply online

Generally, dogs do not need to be kept on a lead in Bushy Park providing they are a safe distance from the park's deer.

Throughout the year 
We ask that dogs be kept on lead when in close proximity to deer. Please note it is an offence for a dog to chase deer in Bushy Park, and this could result in the owner’s prosecution. Aside from this, dogs must be kept on leads around rivers and ponds.

Dogs are not permitted in the Woodland Gardens.

Please take time to read the Dogs in the Royal Parks policy document.

Deer birthing season (1 May to 31 July)
Dogs need to be on leads during the deer birthing season in Bushy Park. This is a mandatory rule and applies to all areas of the park.

Deer rutting season (September to November)
During the deer rutting season (September-November) we advise:

  • Always keep dogs on a lead near deer or walk them elsewhere during this season
  • We ask dog owners to keep a minimum distance of 50m from deer. If the male seems active then keep at least 100m away 

Commercial dog walkers
Please note, that if you want to use the Royal Parks for commercial dog walking purposes, you must have a Commercial Dog Walking Licence issued by The Royal Parks charity.

No. Feeding birds and animals in the parks does more harm than good. You can learn more about why this is, and how you can help us in caring for their wellbeing here

Stay safe around the deer
Please read our deer safety advice page ahead of your visit to Bushy park.

No. For your own safety, we ask that you keep at least 50 metres away from the deer, and never touch, feed or attempt to photograph them at closer range. Always be vigilant in a deer park, especially during the rutting season (September-November) and birthing season (May-July).

Please read our deer safety advice page ahead of your visit.

Getting in touch with park offices is quick and easy and all enquiries are handled by our dedicated Visitor & Park Support team.

Online
Simply complete the short online enquiry form and your question(s) will be passed to the most appropriate staff member. To ensure an efficient service, please check that you have provided the following information:

  • Park 
  • Subject
  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your enquiry

Telephone
You can also contact the park offices by telephone using the following numbers:

Contacting the police in an emergency
For police assistance, please call 101 for non-emergencies, and 999 for emergencies. You can also report a crime online.

To report lost property, please contact our Visitor and Park Support Team via their online contact form with the following information:

  • Your contact details
  • A description of the item
  • Date and time when the item was lost
  • Location (if known) where the item was lost

If the property has been found by staff or handed in to us we'll let you know.

To report criminal activity in the park you should contact the police. For non-emergencies call 101, and for emergencies call 999. You can also report a crime online.

Yes. You can use Bushy Park as a location for personal training or group fitness sessions - providing you have a current fitness training licence issued by The Royal Parks charity.

Fitness training licences are also available for Hyde Park, The Regent's Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park and Richmond Park. They are not available for St. James's Park, Kensington Gardens, Victoria Tower Gardens or Brompton Cemetery.

To apply for a fitness training licence please read the information here and complete the online application form.

If you are filming/photographing by yourself on a mobile phone or action camera for purely personal use then no you don't need a permit to film/photograph in the park. However, for all other purposes you will need to obtain a filming or photography permit from The Royal Parks charity. Full information and online application forms can be found here.

Yes, we welcome informal picnics in the Royal Parks. Please read our guidance document for maximum group sizes and what is and isn't permitted. Please note that barbecues are not allowed.

Every year, we welcome hundreds of small and medium events to the Royal Parks, including walks and runs, large picnics, concerts and community sports. Applications for such events are considered by our dedicated Parks Events team. To find out more, and submit an application click here. At least six weeks’ notice is required.

It won’t be possible to buy a Christmas tree in Bushy Park this year because we have decided to pause sales in the park for this season. This decision is part of an ongoing evaluation of our retail offerings and may be revisited in the future.