Originally growing up around a ford in the Saxon period, for many years it had the first bridge over the Thames above London Bridge.
The ancient Coronation Stone is where the Saxon Kings of England were crowned. It is preserved near the Guildhall.
All Saints Church was sympathetically restored in the early 18th century.
St. Mary Magdalene's Chapel in London Road dates from the 14th century.
The Town Hall in the Market Place was built in 1840.
There is a well known artwork, consisting of leaning telephone boxes.
The former Bentalls department store has been converted into an indoor shopping centre.
Clattern Bridge, over the Hogsmill River, was built in the 12th century.
Thomas Sopwith set up an aircraft factory here, making the Sopwith Camel.
Famous people born at Kingston-upon-Thames include the novelist John Galsworthy and playwright R. C. Sherriff.
Edward Gibbon attended school in the town.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Kingston-upon-Thames for groups.