Greenwich Park

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Greenwich Park boasts the honour of being the oldest enclosed Royal Park. Formerly a hunting ground for Henry VIII, the park still maintains a 13-acre grassland enclosure, which provides an urban sanctuary for deer, foxes and over 70 species of bird. One of the largest green spaces in south east London, Greenwich Park offers a wide range of facilities and points of interest, including a child-friendly boating lake, six tennis courts and the National Maritime Museum just on the perimeter. The Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park is home to the Greenwich Meridian Line which represents the prime meridian, relative to which world time is calculated and the distance to every place on Earth is measured. The views from the top of the hill across to Canary Wharf and beyond are spectacular, and well worth the trek.

 

Venue name: Greenwich Park
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Address: Park Row
London
SE10 8XJ
Transport: Bus: 53, 177, 180, 286 bus; Rail: Cutty Sark DLR or Greenwich
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Sam B
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Incredible views, brilliantly looked after gardens and easy parking make Greenwich Park a brilliant family day out. Wander around, take your time, have an ice cream and marvel at the wonderful city spread out in front of you. 


Teamed with a walk around Greenwich or neighbouring Blackheath Village, this is a lovely day out where you rack up serious mileage on your pedometer! It's a must-do for any out-of-town visitors, where you can prove that London is not only a really green city, but also one of the most beautiful in the world. 

Sarah R
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Laying in Greenwich Park on a sunny weekend got to be one of my favorite pass-times this summer. Park is so vast, there is usually always enough space and it doesn’t seem too crowded, you have a lovely view to London town, there is plenty of shade around for those who can’t expose their sensitive English skin to the sun for too long and shops and restaurants are just around the corner when you get hungry.

Of course park is just more than laying on the grass, let's not forget the observatory on the top of the hill, but if you are at least a little bit like me, you will avoid it in the summer because there is always large group of tourists lining up in front of it.

If you want to charm your date, take her to
Rose Garden and The Queen's Orchard for colorful displays of flowers but most importantly, take her to deer park.

All the other that just like to come to park to chill, join me on the grass!

Elisa R
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My parents came over from Paris last weekend and I decided to take advantage of the awesomely sunny weather and take them somewhere that made us feel like we were on the sea side. So Greenwich it was! We had a fantastic time and particularly enjoyed Greenwich park. We visited the Maritime Museum, got on top of the hill where we got an amazing view of Canary Wharf but sadly didn't get inside the observatory because the queue was insane (I don't recommend going during Summer because there's too many tourists) and, well, you need to pay to get in. After that we checked out the beautiful flower art works in one of the gardens and headed towards Black heath which is only a a ten minute walk away. Go check it out!

Julie R
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This is a great park with fantastic views.  Home to the Royal Observatory and the centre of time, however many times you have been to this park, there always seems to be an area to discover that you've never been to before.  There is an entry fee to visit the Observatory now, but if you don't have time to go in, you can still take a picture across the centre of time, by going through the metal kissing gate just below the Observatory, where the Prime Meridian line is on the wall.


There is also often a free exhibition going on in the Astronomy Centre, such as the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition which always has the wow factor.  Tip: toilets in this building are free :-) There are several cafes dotted around the park.  At the other end of the park is the Maritime Museum which is free entry and you have quaint Greenwich right next to it.  Just across the road at the bottom of the park is the Royal Navy Academy which also has various places to explore and free guided tours which I'm planning to have a look at.


You often also see film trucks as this area is very popular and has been in many films.


You get a look of fitness classes taking place in the park, my favourite one is British Military Fitness, which I take part in every week.  To be doing exercise with the glorious backdrop of Greenwich Park is far better than a wall full of EastEnders at the gym any day of the week - even in the rain!


The park normally closes at dusk, so you don't get the chance to wander around in the dark, but if you do get the chance, you will see the Green projection of the Meridian Line beaming from the Observatory across the river.

Sosh_uk
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My favourite park in London, with the most incredible views of London. It is absolutely massive and is great and beautiful in all seasons. Make sure you walk to the top and see The GMT line.

Tom Bruce
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With its massive, open, rolling expanses of green and trees, Greenwich park has a definite aura of otherness about it and could at times be mistaken for Hobbiton of Middle Earth for all its gnarly trees, abundant (and abundantly fed) wildlife, and piercing beauty. Standing atop one of its many high hills is an astonishing experience, especially at the golden hour just prior to sunset, and an important one to have as a downtrodden Londoner, because it provides a reminder that there is more to this world than constant commuting and grey walls and grey roads and poorly edited free 'newspapers' and Just Eat orders. There are plants, animals, clouds, and a huge ever-expanding sky. According to a female friend who knows about such things, a Greenwich park hilltop is the best place in the whole city to propose. 


The park has so many squirrels, ravens, deer, and dog walkers that it's practically like going on Safari. A rather English take on it, admittedly. Walking around, it seems so overwhelmingly large to a North Londoner accustomed to their local three acres of patchy Skol can-strewn wasteland. It is a veritable Savanna. Of all the gems in this great Tolkien wonderland, the best are the shallow rock-hewn fountains hidden about the place. Hunt them down on a Winter's morning, and find a perfectly formed plate circle of clear ice, which you can lift out and shatter to excess mirth. You have to enjoy the little things. 

Anaelle
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This park is massive! It’s a blessing on sunny days, as you can find a calm spot to sit down and relax without feeling like all of London is sitting right next to you. It’s very well maintained as well. So no fear of sitting next to a doggie poop.


And if that wasn’t enough, it’s one of the best views of London. (We’re all suckers for a good London skyline, aren’t we?). From the top of the hill, next to the observatory, you have a beautiful view of the Thames, Canary Wharf and the O2, with central London fading away on the left. Worth a look!

Valentina G

The Greenwich park is an amazing place where you can benefit from an amazing view from the top of all London and some fun at the playground with your children. It is enchanted by beautiful buildings that recall the Royal style of this nation and is the perfect place to have a lovely family day out in winter or summer!

Carmen
Staff Writer

One of London's most beautiful part...Make sure you do not miss the Roses' Garden!

Charlotte P

The best park in London - fact! Stunning views of old and new London, miles of open spaces and secret new discoverys. Plus it has a deer park - what more could you want!

Eve E

Best park in London, lots of green space, beautiful buildings and hidden gardens

Kerri N

What a fabulous place to spend time beautiful verdant space, with lots to look out for, the deer enclosure, the Rose Garden and magnificent views of London,

Rosie A
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I don't want to betray my beloved Southwark Park, but I must say that Greenwich Park is also one of my faves. The views from the top are outstanding - one of the best in London, I always think as you look down on Canary Wharf. It's hilly, leafy and green. It's also bloody huge! Run around the edge and you can easily knock out 5-6km, maybe 10 if you also add in adjoining Blackheath. 

Sue

surreal views of futuristic London looming from out beyond the historic past