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Heritage

One of only 5 royal boroughs in England and Wales, our medieval market town is steeped in history and heritage.

Home to some great museums and with a history and heritage woven into London's development through the ages, Kingston’s history dates back to the 800s and is steeped in royal connections and a rich historical culture. 

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All Saints Church

All Saints in Kingston is the focal point of the town. Since the 9th century, there has been a church on this site, when it was originally part of the Saxon royal estate.

Very few churches have a history as rich and as fascinating as All Saints in Kingston. Key events in the church’s history include Egbert, King of Wessex, holding his great council here in 838 and in the 10th century, Athelstan and Ethelred the Unready were two of the seven Saxon kings of England said to be crowned here. Construction of the present church began in 1120 under the orders of Henry I, and almost every century since then some extension or addition has been made, making the architecture of this beautiful church truly captivating.

The church boasts a 14th century wall-painting of St. Blaise, the impressive 16th century tomb of Sir Anthony Benn, a 17th century marble font attributed to Sir Christopher Wren, twelve bells and an 18th century Carillon. Other highlights include the great west window of the 19th century, and the magnificent Frobenius organ installed in 1988, plus a memorial chapel to the East Surrey Regiment. The church is open seven days a week, with services on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

Come Fly With Me

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Aviation plays a major role in Kingston’s history as for most of the 20th century, Kingston was a famous centre for aircraft design and production.

Coombe Conduit

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Coombe Conduit is one of Kingston’s most important ancient monuments, built around 1540 as part of a system to collect fresh water from springs on Kingston Hill and channel it t...

Coronation Stone

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In the 10th Century, Kingston established itself as a coronation place of Kings.  At least two, and as many as seven, Anglo-Saxon Kings are said to have been crowned on the Coro...

Dorich House Museum

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One of London’s hidden gems, Dorich House Museum at Kingston University is the former studio home of the Russian sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband the Hon. Richard Hare, loc...

Hidden Treasures

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Steeped in centuries-old history, it’s no wonder that Kingston has many treasures to discover. This beautiful statue and water fountain in Market Place is a memorial to Henry...

Kingston History Centre

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Located in the heart of the borough at Guildhall, Kingston History Centre is where you can access our unique historical resources which tell over 800 years of history through bo...

Kingston Library

Fairfield Road
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The library is an incredible resource for books, fiction and non-fiction and large print.

Kingston Museum

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The home of Kingston's history. Discover your history and expand your horizons in a place where Kingston's past and present meets.  With a wide range of displays, activities ...

Kingston Museum: Artist in Residence – Paul Mowatt

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Kingston Museum’s first Artist in Residence, Paul Mowatt, presents artworks inspired by the Museum’s unique collection of pioneering photographer Edweard Muybridge.

Kingston Walking Tours

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As one of England’s most historic towns, Kingston’s Ancient Market Place and riverside are full of sights and stories dating back to 838 AD.  Let Kingston Tour Guides take you o...

Rose Theatre

High Street
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Creating vibrant, engaging and inspiring productions.

The Undercroft

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Steeped in centuries-old history, it’s no wonder that Kingston has many treasures to discover. Did you know that during the construction of The John Lewis department store Ki...