The district of Wimbledon is famous for its tennis heritage and hosting the world’s oldest tennis tournament. But, despite being home to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, there is much more to this neighbourhood than leading sporting fixtures. There’s plenty to explore and discover for all ages in this London suburb, whatever time of year you choose to visit.
Easily accessible from all areas of London as well as locations outside the city, there are lots of travel options. For example, the train from Bedford to Wimbledon offers a convenient route, with a journey time of under two hours.
If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do here, these are a few of the top attractions:
In keeping with the traditional village feel, Wimbledon hosts its farmer’s markets each Sunday, offering an excellent selection of fruits, vegetables and other local produce. You’ll also find a range of sweet and savoury treats including pasties, cakes and biscuits.
Despite its London location, Wimbledon boats an array of parks and green spaces so you can escape the city hustle and bustle. Cannizaro Park is an ideal attraction for a leisurely walk with the family and features diverse tree species, a plethora of wildlife and a gorgeous aviary. There are also multiple picnic benches so you can enjoy a relaxing lunch surrounded by lush gardens.
An iconic landmark on Wimbledon Common, the windmill museum features displays depicting the history of the windmill as well as offering the opportunity to try your hand at milling. You’ll also find a cosy tearoom to refuel in.
Queensmere Pond is nearby if you feel like a gentle walk or, for the more adventurous, enjoy a round at the Wimbledon Common Golf Club.
Family fun at Polka Theatre
Those with young children are sure to have a blast at this venue with shows, workshops and events dedicated to young audiences from babies to young teens. Located on The Broadway, the theatre offers a calendar of events throughout the year with shows available to book online in advance.
Leisure time at Wimbledon Park
As well as multiple tennis courts, Wimbledon Park also offers a range of other activities including adventure golf, football, a paddling pool, beach volleyball and a bowling green. You’ll also find sailing and other watersport activities for both adults and children.
Amenities are plentiful with a café, toilets, changing rooms and a car park. Young children can also enjoy the play areas and surrounding woodlands.
Tranquillity at Buddhapadipa Temple
This incredible building was the first Thai Buddhist temple in the UK. Open to all, this unique temple oozes serenity and offers meditation classes on a regular basis. Located in Wimbledon village, this beauty spot is well worth a visit.
Finally, Wimbledon offers a great selection of cafes, independent shops, boutiques and bars, as well as a collection of cosy, family friendly pubs where you can enjoy a hearty roast. You’ll also find some charming places to stay if you really want to make the most out of a weekend in Wimbledon.
There’s no doubt that the town is well worth a visit and there are plenty of things to do for all ages in this affluent town.