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Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

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A: Hampton Court

by Sergiu Mitrofan, 80 meters away

Mobile phone panorama of the inner court.

Hampton Court

B: Hampton Court

by Sergiu Mitrofan, 340 meters away

Mobile phone panorama of the gardens.

Hampton Court

C: Bushy Park

by Marcus Hamilton, 700 meters away

A blanket of snow falls around the Diana fountain in Teddington's Bushy Park. Many years ago, this wa...

Bushy Park

D: Kingston Bridge

by Tony Pincham - Images for Industry, 2.3 km away

Kingston Bridge is a road bridge at Kingston upon Thames in London, England, carrying the A308 across...

Kingston Bridge

E: Surbiton Station

by Martin Sole, 2.7 km away

Surbiton Station, built 1937 in the Art Deco style

Surbiton Station

F: Hampton School

by Arunas Stankus, 3.5 km away

Hampton School

G: Ham House and Garden

by Arunas Stankus, 4.8 km away

Ham House and Garden

H: Ham House and Garden inside

by Arunas Stankus, 4.8 km away

Ham House and Garden inside

I: Ham House and Garden

by Arunas Stankus, 4.9 km away

Ham House and Garden

J: Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park

by Roy Reed, 5.3 km away

Isabella Plantation is an ornamental woodland garden in the south quarter of Richmond Park. This pano...

Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park

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Text by Steve Smith.

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