Visiting Sunbury on Thames
Sunbury on Thames, often referred to as just Sunbury, is a town within the county of Surrey and to the southwest of Central London. With the River Thames to the south, the M3 divides Sunbury into two areas with the southern area also known as Sunbury Village.
The origins of the town can be traced as far back as the 10th century and there are still many historical sites to visit. It still retains a semi-rural vibe, despite being so near to the crowds of London. It’s this idyllic setting that makes Sunbury so popular with commuters, professionals and families looking for a peaceful place to live.
Sunbury Village has a green – like any good village! – and it’s around this that the main collection of shops in the south can be found. There are independent cafes and delicatessens with local stores and outlets too. Overall, the lower part of Sunbury is best described as leafy and relaxed, the perfect place to stroll by the river or watch the world go by.
The north of Sunbury is also known as Sunbury Common, and is a far more commercial area. Most of the business in Sunbury are based here and there are more shops as well. However, that doesn’t mean it’s entirely built-up as there’s still areas of open space. Green Belt land can be found to the east and north, with Kempton Reservoirs offering wild flowers, brooks and wetland plants.
To the west, Queen Mary Reservoir can be found, one of the largest in London. This large expanse of water is home to a sailing club as well as the venue for water sports in the area.
For those who enjoy history, Sunbury Walled Garden is a must-see. Dating back to the 18th century, the beautiful gardens feature the Lendy Memorial as an impressive centrepiece. The church in Sunbury was also built in the 18th century, a beautiful piece of historic architecture.
Kempton Park Racecourse is based in Sunbury and one of the biggest attractions in the area. With flat and fenced races, Kempton Park hosts some of the top races in the country, attracting visitors from all over the UK and beyond.