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Greenwich Park, London

Greenwich Park is set on the side of a hill in London’s southeastern borough of Greenwich. Overlooking the River Thames, the park covers 74 hectares (180 acres) and one of the Royal Parks of London. The park may not be the largest among the Royal Parks but is the largest area of green space in southeastern London.

Greenwich Park features a mix of green open space, pockets of wooded areas, formal gardens, historical buildings and monuments. It has a deep and long history that goes back to the 15th century and part of Maritime Greenwich, an area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make the most of your visit to Greenwich Park by visiting the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre for information about other attractions in Greenwich besides the park.

Greenwich Park by G.Solomon


Greenwich Park was initially land owned by the Abbey of St. Peter at Ghent and later acquired by King Henry VI in 1427. The park was originally an area of scrubland and in the 16th century, King Henry VIII introduced deer for hunting. Later King James I enclosed Greenwich Park with a brick wall, which today defines the park’s boundary. King Charles II commissioned French landscape architect Andre Le Notre to provide the designs for the park in 1662 and commissioned the building of the Royal Observatory in 1675. Greenwich Park eventually opened to the public in the 18th century.

See & Do

The northern section of the park is a steep hill while the southern section is flat. The top of the hill offers commanding views of the River Thames and the Isle of Dogs. On a clear day, you can spot St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, the O2 arena and The Shard. At the southeastern corner of Greenwich Park is ‘The Wilderness - Deer Park’, an enclosure covering 5 hectares (13 acres) and home to a small herd of deer and other wildlife including species of birds, wood mice, bats, foxes and insects.

  Greenwich Park and the Queen's House by Morio

There are several beautiful gardens including the popular Rose Garden located at the eastern side Greenwich Park. The garden features colourful beds of roses that reach the peak of their flowering in June and July. The Flower Garden in the southern section features manicured lawns planted with varieties of brightly coloured flowers that bloom in spring and summer. The Herb Garden in the northwestern corner is home to varieties of aromatic herbs planted in a box-like pattern of hedges. The Queen’s Orchard is a small enclosure in the northeastern corner featuring various fruit trees including apricot, apples, pears, cherries and peaches.

Rose Garden at Greenwich Park by Stephen Craven

At the top of the hill is the old Royal Observatory, which is also the reference point for the Greenwich Meridian Line that sets Greenwich Meantime Time (GMT). Children will love the playground and the adjacent boating lake located in the northeastern corner of Greenwich Park. In summer, the bandstand is the venue for a number of concert programmes. For a meal or snack, there are three cafes including the Pavilion Cafe, Park View Coffee Cabin and the White House Cafe. The park is a short distance from the National Maritime Museum and the popular Greenwich Market.

Visiting Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park opens to the public from 6:00 a.m. but the closing time varies according to the season with the earliest closing time at 6:00 p.m. in December and the latest at 9:30 p.m. in July. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) stops at Cutty Sark Station (centrally located in Greenwich) and Greenwich Station. Trains under the National Rail network depart from Cannon Street, Waterloo, London Bridge and Charing Cross railway stations and stop at Greenwich and Maze Hill railway stations, which are nearby Greenwich Park. Several boat operators under the London River Services operate from piers at Westminster Bridge, London Eye and Tower of London to Greenwich Pier.

Greenwich Park on the Map

Greenwich, SE10 9JP, UK

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