Visiting Kingston upon Thames

A brief history

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is one of only four royal boroughs in England and Wales. It is located on the banks of the River Thames, 12 miles from central London.

The river travels through the borough for almost three miles, connecting Kingston to Hampton Court, Richmond and central London.

The borough has excellent road and public transport links to all parts of the UK so is well placed as a visitor and commercial centre.

The borough has 16 wards which combine to form four neighbourhoods:

The town Kingston was first recorded in royal records in the year 838. By the tenth century, Kingston had become a coronation centre where Saxon kings were crowned.