Twice a year, Richmond Park is closed at night while deer are culled. The closures usually take place in November and February for approximately six weeks. To find out this year’s dates when they are made available, please subscribe to our free monthly bulletin.

During the deer cull, the pedestrian gates will be locked in rotation from 8pm each evening and opened in the morning by 7:30am, which means you will not be able to cycle in the park during this time. The closure is for the public’s safety.

The Royal Parks carries out the culls as a sensible measure to control the number of deer. The amount that need to be culled varies according to the health of the herd. For that reason, TRP does not give exact dates for when the cull will finish.

Additionally, there will be limits on riding your bike in the park when these sporting events are held on its main roadway:

  • London Dynamo’s Richmond Park Time Trials are on Sunday 16 June and Sunday 30 June. The riders are on the road from 6am until around 7:30am. There are no closures, so please be aware of the riders if you are in the park at this time.

  • Prudential Ride London. The amateur bike ride and the men’s pro race is on Sunday 4 August. Expect road closures throughout the day.

  • The London Duathlon, which will take place on Sunday 8 September. Expect road closures throughout the day.

To find out more about the road closures and a reminder of the dates nearer the time, please subscribe to our monthly email bulletin.