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Ruislip sits in West London in Zone 6 as part of the London Borough of Hillingdon, in the historic county of Middlesex. It sits on the Metropolitan line and Piccadilly line. It was owned, along with Ickenham, by a Saxon during the time of Edward the Confessor, and then was taken by Arnulf de Hesdin and was recorded in the Domesday Book. Initially the parish included Ruislip, Northwood, Eastcote, Ruislip Manor and South Ruislip. There are five Ruislip wards, each with their own station: Ruislip, Ruislip Manor, Ruislip Gardens, West Ruislip and South Ruislip. Ruislip Manor is 0.6 miles away from Ruislip, and was originally undeveloped rural land owned by King's College, Cambridge, as a part of the Manor of Ruislip.

There is plenty to do in this borough, whether interested in history, nature, or leisure. Ruislip is most famous for the Ruislip Lido, a reservoir reopened in 1933, surrounded by woods; Park Wood, Mad Bess Wood and Copse Wood. It includes a miniature railway, a beach, an adventure playground, and a pub. Ruislip also has the local heritage site Manor Farm, a 9th-century settlement. The parish church, St Martin's, dates back to the 13th century and continues to be used. The high street includes Grade II listed buildings from the original village square, but is now updated with a variety of shops. The South Ruislip Cineworld has recently been opened as part of a new shopping park. There are also a large amount of parks and fields in the surrounding areas. Ruislip also has good links to Central London and Uxbridge, one of the major metropolitan centres.

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