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The Walkfo guide to things to do & explore in Kingston upon Thames

Visit Kingston upon Thames PlacesVisit Kingston upon Thames places using Walkfo for free guided tours of the best Kingston upon Thames places to visit. A unique way to experience Kingston upon Thames’s places, Walkfo allows you to explore Kingston upon Thames as you would a museum or art gallery with audio guides.

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Kingston upon Thames (hyphenated until 1965, colloquially known as Kingston) is a town in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames, South West London, England . It is notable as the ancient market town in which Saxon kings were crowned . The United Kingdom Census 2011 recorded the population of the town as 43,013, while the borough overall counted 175,470 . Kingston is identified as a metropolitan centre in the London Plan and is one of the biggest retail centres in the UK . When you visit Kingston upon Thames, Walkfo brings Kingston upon Thames places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Kingston upon Thames Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Kingston upon Thames

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With 181 audio plaques & Kingston upon Thames places for you to explore in the Kingston upon Thames area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Kingston upon Thames places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Kingston upon Thames history

Early history

Kingston upon Thames Early history photo

Kingston was called Cyninges tun in 838 AD, Chingestune in 1086, Kingeston in 1164, Kyngeston super Tamisiam in 1321 and Kingestowne upon Thames in 1589 . The name means ‘the king’s manor or estate’ from the Old English words cyning and tun .

Urban development

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Kingston was built at the first crossing point of the Thames upstream from London Bridge . In the Domesday Book it was held by William the Conqueror . In 1730, the chapel containing the royal effigies collapsed, burying the sexton and his daughter . The Lovekyn Chapel is the only private chantry chapel to survive the Reformation .

Economic development

For much of the 20th century, Kingston was a major military aircraft manufacturing centre specialising in fighter aircraft . Sopwith Camel, Hawker Fury, Hurricane, Hunter and Harrier Jump Jet were all designed and built in the town .

Recent developments

Following construction of the Kingston Relief Road in 1989, major shopping streets in the town centre were pedestrianised . John Lewis Kingston department store opened in 1990 and Bentall Centre shopping centre opened in 1992 . Charter Quay development south of Kingston Bridge completed the riverside walk, adding bars, restaurants and the Rose Theatre .

Kingston upon Thames culture & places

A notable dramatic arts venue is the Rose Theatre, which seats about 900 people. Kingston University runs the Stanley Picker Gallery and Kingston Museum has a changing gallery. Kingston Green Fair was held annually from 1987 to 2008 in Canbury Gardens, next to the river.

Public art

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Out of Order by David Mach is a sculpture in the form of twelve disused red telephone boxes . The work was commissioned in 1988 as part of the landscaping for the new Relief Road .

Kingston upon Thames geography / climate

Kingston is 2.6 miles (4.2 km) south-east of Twickenham and 5.8 miles (9.3 km) north-west of Sutton.

Why visit Kingston upon Thames with Walkfo Travel Guide App?

Visit Kingston upon Thames PlacesYou can visit Kingston upon Thames places with Walkfo Kingston upon Thames to hear history at Kingston upon Thames’s places whilst walking around using the free digital tour app. Walkfo Kingston upon Thames has 181 places to visit in our interactive Kingston upon Thames map, with amazing history, culture & travel facts you can explore the same way you would at a museum or art gallery with information audio headset. With Walkfo, you can travel by foot, bike or bus throughout Kingston upon Thames, being in the moment, without digital distraction or limits to a specific walking route. Our historic audio walks, National Trust interactive audio experiences, digital tour guides for English Heritage locations are available at Kingston upon Thames places, with a AI tour guide to help you get the best from a visit to Kingston upon Thames & the surrounding areas.

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Best Kingston upon Thames places to visit

Kingston upon Thames has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Kingston upon Thames’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Kingston upon Thames’s information audio spots:

Kingston upon Thames photo Coronation Stone, Kingston upon Thames
The Coronation Stone is believed to have been the site of the coronation of seven Anglo-Saxon kings . It is presently located next to the Guildhall in Kingston upon Thames, England . Kingston is now a town in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames in Greater London .
Kingston upon Thames photo Outside the Box Comedy Club
Outside the Box is a comedy club located in the backroom of The Fighting Cocks pub in Kingston-upon-Thames . It was opened in November 2006 by comedian Maff Brown .
Kingston upon Thames photo Giggs Hill Green
Giggs Hill Green is a triangular park in Thames Ditton bordered on one side by the Portsmouth Road which has, since 1833, contained as a major part of it, the village’s cricket green .
Kingston upon Thames photo Surbiton Lagoon
Surbiton Lagoon was an open air swimming pool located in SurBiton, London, England . It was located on the banks of the River Thames in the early 1960s and early 1970s .
Kingston upon Thames photo Nipper
Nipper was a dog from Bristol, England, who served as the model for an 1898 painting by Francis Barraud titled His Master’s Voice. This image was the basis for one of the world’s best known trademarks, the famous dog-and-gramophone.
Kingston upon Thames photo St Andrew’s Square, Kingston upon Thames
St. Andrews Square is a mainly 1876 to 1884-built garden square in Surbiton in the borough of Kingston upon Thames, London.
Kingston upon Thames photo Raeburn Open Space
Raeburn Open Space, locally known as Berrylands Nature Reserve, is a 5-hectare Local Nature Reserve and Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1, in Berrylands in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in London. The site is a linear park along the Tolworth Brook (also known as the Surbiton Stream), a tributary of the Hogsmill River.

Visit Kingston upon Thames plaques

Kingston upon Thames Plaques 42
Kingston upon Thames has 42 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Kingston upon Thames plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Kingston upon Thames using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Kingston upon Thames plaque. Explore Plaques & History has a complete list of Hartlepool’s plaques & Hartlepool history plaque map.