Check out our guide for the best things to see and do in and around Wimbledon.
Explore a variety of locations from parks, pubs and museums to seeing the Buddhapadipa temple. You could kayak, sail or windsurf on one of the largest lakes in South London. Fancy a family stroll? Follow the path along the river Wendle, Richmond park is only a walk away. It’s time for you to plan your perfect Wimbledon day out. You may know Wimbledon for the tennis championships, however, there’s so much more available. Here are the best things for you to explore.
1. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Of course, you can’t come to Wimbledon and stay away from tennis! Whether you enjoy the sport or watch it on TV or not, you should definitely check out Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. It’s entertaining for everyone. Upon arrival, you’ll get your own audio tour guide to walk around at your own pace. You can discover a collection of tennis memorabilia, both modern and historic. In addition to the displays and exhibits, there’s also a cinema with a 200-degree screen playing interviews with tennis stars. That includes John McEnroe sharing his personal experience how he prepares for his matches. Feeling up for a challenge? There are various simulated games that visitors can play to test their own tennis skill. Join in the tour where you can explore the grounds behind the scenes for 90 minutes. This is the largest tennis museum you’ll ever see, get your tickets while you still can.
2. Wimbledon Common
Enjoy a nature walk through the largest tract of heathland in London. Wimbledon Common merges with Putney Heath making 1140 acres of countryside for you to explore. You can bring your dog, ride your bike. This natural open space is perfect for everyone to see the wildlife, relax and unwind. For all you horse lovers, there’s horse riding available. If that doesn’t persuade you then perhaps you should know, in the higher part of the common, there are two great lakes: Rushmere and Kingsmere. A footpath guides you to Caesar’s Camp. An Iron Age hillfort that was built roughly in the 5th century BC then taken by the Romans. When you’re done, stop by the cafe for a refreshing drink and a bite to eat.
3. Wimbledon Windmill Museum
In 1817, Wimbledon Windmill was built which has now been restored as an exciting museum for you to not only learn about the windmill but also the history of the surrounding area and centuries-old way of life. If you’re bringing your kids, there’s a fun opportunity to make some flour upstairs with the saddle stone, mortar, hand quern and grain.
When you’re done, you can finish your day with some beverages at the tearooms next door. Then head into the shop to buy books, souvenirs and anything else that catches your eye.
Find out more about Wimbledon’s Windmill Museum here.
4. Cannizaro Park
With superb trees and shrubs, Cannizaro Park is 35 acres of greenery you don’t want to miss. This free entry public garden surrounds the Cannizaro House and includes a lovely display of rhododendron, camellias and azaleas. When strolling along, look out for the duck pond and aviary.
Find out more about Wimbledon’s Cannizaro Park here.
5. Wimbledon Park
Grab your family and friends for an active day out at Wimbledon Park. Golf, beach volleyball courts and tennis courts are just the start. Here, there are many facilities including the water sports centre. With kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, there’s something for everyone to dive into. Do you have a young child with you? A paddling pool is also available. If you’re feeling like a relaxing walk, then you can enjoy the 27 hectares of green land open to you.
This is one of the largest lakes that can be found in South London. It was created in the 18th century. This is also where the Guy Fawkes fireworks display takes place.
6. New Wimbledon Theatre
With a 1,500 seating capacity, there’s space for you to immerse yourself in every story the Edwardian theatre has to offer. Escape your day and experience the ever-changing programmes of West End musicals, drama, dance, music and comedy.
The Edwardian theatre is best known for its incredible top-rated Christmas panto. Be sure to book time off between December and January, so you can catch Shane Richie starring in Dick Whittington.
Find out more about Wimbledon’s new Theatre here.
7. Polka Theatre
For over 40 years, Polka has been the award-winning theatre for children up to 13 years old in Wimbledon. Come experience the spirit of the theatre with Polka’s regular events and workshops to entertain and inspire children in theatre. With a fresh refurbishment, you’ll have the greatest experience in comfort.
Find out more about Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre here.
8. F.I.T. Partnership
How does chilling in a -110°C cryo-chamber sound? Check out F.I.T. Partnership for an experience of a lifetime. Located in the heart of Wimbledon, just around the corner from the station, this is not one to miss!
F.I.T. Partnership is a new innovative health and fitness studio. With a variety of new techniques including Vasper systems and Cryotherapy, you’ll improve your fitness and immunity as well as help out a host of other physical and mental health issues. These range from chronic pain and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and psoriasis, to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Bring yourself, your friends or family because it really is guaranteed to have you feeling better!
Find out more about Wimbledon’s F.I.T. Partnership here.
9. Ad Lib Art Gallery
Browse Ad Lib Gallery for gorgeous original contemporary artworks and limited edition prints. With around 60 artists and photographers, there’s bound to be something you like. The team strives to provide you with the best service and are on hand to help source any artwork that you would like for your home. You can even choose a payment option to ship it to your home to test and see how it looks before you commit to keeping it. Stop by and stimulate your brain at Ad Lib Gallery, located in Wimbledon Village.
Find out more about Wimbledon’s Ad Lib Art Gallery here.
10. Wimbledon Village and Markets
Feel the town spirit while browsing Wimbledon Village. From checking out chic boutique shops to dining at the many independent restaurants, there’s so much to indulge in.
Stop by Wimbledon market for a lively assortment of stalls. Wimbledon Farmers Market has been around for 20 years, trading every Saturday Morning. Come grab your bread, poultry, fruit, vegetables, cheese, eggs, cakes and more from the regional organic award-winners.
Wimbledon is a vibrant and attractive place to visit which is amplified with Love Wimbledon Market stalls offering so much variety. Love Wimbledon market is bursting with flavours with street food cuisine from all over the world. So, if you’re not a foodie yet, when you arrive you will be.
11. Buddhapadipa Temple
Wimbledon has one of the biggest Buddhapadipa Temples in Europe. This Thai-style temple is the home for many monks and nuns but is open to anybody of any faith to explore the beautiful grounds and scroll in the flower garden. In addition to the blooms and orchards, you can participate in classes to practice the art of meditation. You can also catch a few minutes of silence at the lake and stream to reflect. This is one destination you don’t want to miss.
Note: Please be respectful and remember to pay attention to etiquette. You’re welcome to visit but ensure to cover your shoulders and legs.
Find out more about Wimbledon’s Buddhist Temple here.
12. Morden Hall Park
Adventure into Morden Hall Park, National Trust’s true urban oasis. Wander the woodland and over the meadows. Relax with the sound of the river running through it. Come during the summer for Easter trails and guided nature walks. Browse the bookstore and enjoy a quick bite to eat at the cafe. This park is often used for events for all ages. This is a great time of year to go as there are open-air theatres and cinema to entertain you.
13. Richmond Park
If you’re still looking for a place to visit, then look no further. Richmond Park is potentially one of the top London parks. Don’t believe me? Not to worry, you’ll soon see for yourself! Pack a bag for a picnic in the park because this is worth spending your whole day in. Experience this wide-open grassland and see the wildlife in nature. Be on the lookout for deer. Richmond Park is home to over 600 deer’s, so walk around long enough and you’ll definitely see one.
Be sure to head towards Isabella Plantation in the middle of the park for colourful flower gardens and hidden paths to explore. You could also bring a bike and cycle through the 7.5-mile car-free path called the Tamsin Trail. If you don’t want to bring a bike, you can hire one nearby at Parkcycle, near Roehampton Gate for three whole hours. Coming from far away? Not to worry! Richmond Park has free parking.
14. Museum of Wimbledon
Come see the delightful local museum that holds the history of Wimbledon. See the peacocks in the small natural history section, maps and manuscripts, and the art and photography from the 18th century onwards. Become Indiana Jones and explore the local archaeological findings from the Stone Age and Roman era. The Museum of Wimbledon’s collection is comprehensive, covering natural history, portraits of influential figures, cartography and much more.
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Written By: Eyes of Lady Wimbledon | Content Editor