horse drawn carraige

What can be more magical than a carriage ride in beautiful Richmond Park?

This Festive Season, the Royal Parks Foundation has teamed up with Operation Centaur to bring you a six-person Park Brake drawn by our majestic Shire Horses, allowing you to experience Richmond Park like never before.

The 90-minute experience begins at Holly Lodge, Richmond Park, where you’ll be met with festive refreshments. You will take your place in the carriage under warm blankets, embarking on a 60 minute ride through the park in all its stark winter beauty! You’ll also be treated to a unique behind-the-scenes visit of the working stables.

Proceeds will help fund sustainable conservation initiatives with the working Shire horses in The Royal Parks.

More Information

The Royal Parks Foundation is the charity that helps support the magic of London’s eight amazing Royal Parks. Established in 2003, the charity reaches out to make the Parks part of more people’s lives and raises funds for a wide variety of heritage, education, wellbeing and nature conservation programmes. The registered charity number is 1097545, for more information, please visit or visit The Royal Parks at

Operation Centaur promotes horses as contemporary working animals in partnership with humans through heritage, conservation, community, equine assisted learning and therapy projects. Our seasonal carriage rides are an important fund-raising opportunity for our projects including:

  • Conservation projects: hay-making, wildflower meadow, grassland management and woodland management;
  • Cultural heritage work: carriage rides in Richmond Park, tram rides at Hampton Court Palace, and open days in partnership with the Shire Horse Society;
  • Well-being interventions: equine assisted therapy with young people diagnosed on the autistic spectrum and innovative projects with rehabilitation;
  • Community engagement programmes: cooperative group work, natural leadership development, and anti-bullying interventions. For more information visit: