Greenwich Park

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This gloriously green space in SE10 is the oldest enclosed Royal park

Greenwich Park boasts the honour of being the oldest enclosed Royal Park. Formerly a hunting ground for Henry VIII, the park still maintains a vast 183-acre grassland enclosure, which provides an urban sanctuary for deer, foxes and over 70 species of bird.

As 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, the Queen's House and the National Maritime Museum. Greenwich Park is also home to the impressive Royal Observatory with the Greenwich Meridian Line - representing the prime meridian relative to which world time is calculated (and the distance to every place on Earth is measured). 

A setting you have to see to believe, various parts of Greenwich Park are often used as filming locations, so it's not unusual to spot a famous face or two. Films that have been shot there include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Layer Cake (2004), and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). Plus, the views from the top of Greenwich Park are pretty spectacular and span across to Canary Wharf, St Paul's Cathedral and beyond. If you don't mind the exercise, then it's well worth the trek - SE10/10.

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Transport: Bus: 53, 177, 180, 286 bus; Rail: Cutty Sark DLR or Greenwich
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tastemaker

Perfect thing to do in the summer - beautiful views over London and best of all... its free!

Tastemaker

Greenwich Park is a wonderful vast park in south east London. Greenwich itself is a lovely little village with its own market, and plenty of eateries to choose from. Greenwich maritime museum, the observatory and even the Cutty Sark are all in close proximity. To get to the observatory is a bit of a steep climb but the views over London make up for it. Even better afterwards you can run down or tumble down the hill which is great fun. During the night you often can get a different perspective where the Greenwich meridian timeline is light projected into the dark night skyline.


Tastemaker

In my opinion, it’s one of the best parks in London and well worth a visit south of the river, to explore and head up to the top of the observatory and look back at the view of Greenwich and the Docklands beyond. The park is perfect for picnics, walks, playing sports or an evening take away pizza express pizza and glass of bubbly. Well, that’s how we do it at least!

tastemaker

Went for a brief walk here recently during the London Sausage Dog walk! The weather was not great, which means the sausages were not happy but I was! I'd never been here before and so really enjoyed it. The view of the observatory was really nice and if you go up a bit higher I assume you get a lovely view of the city, but not on a snowy day. The area around the park is also a gem, with pubs and little shops all over the place and a true storybook feel that is not easily found in London. 

Tastemaker

Totally worth the hike up to see the view of London from the viewpoint, Greenwich feels like a totally different city with its magnificient architecture, its covered market and its beautiful park. Love that the royal observatory is a few steps away and you can go from chilling on the grass to exploring where the scientists used to live in a few minutes.

tastemaker

I love Greenwich park- it is a very unique Royal Park as I believe it is the most historic with Roman ruins dating back over 2000 years. This park is also host to wildlife like deer, however hard to find or see in their enclosure, and beautiful parakeets. What's great about Greenwich is it's vast rolling hills in conjunction with it's gated flower walks, suitable for all ages and mobility. The view from the Wolfe statue is to die for, you can see all notable towers/buildings such as the Shard, the London Eye, St Pauls and more! If you are showing a visitor or are a tourist yourself then this view gives you an ideal way to get your London bearings.

tastemaker

Greenwich Park with its view up on the hill that can easily compete with Primrose Hill, is one of my favorite parks in London. I love its atmosphere and the fact that unlike other green spaces in London, it is not always packed and you can easily relax, go for a bike ride or have a picnic without feeling any stressed. What is more is that Greenwich itself is a beautiful area, full of nice little shops, a great market like Greenwich market and if you're craving something cultural you cannot miss the Queen's House, the Old Royal Navy College (for the paintings), the Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark (for the history). Last tip, if you're feeling hungry once you reach Cutty Sark, stop by Goddard's for a filling pasty or a steak pie, you won't regret it! 



tastemaker

Greenwich Park is one of my favourite places in the city! I am fortunate enough to live close by and whenever there is just the smallest glimpse of sun on a day off I am there :-) 


What I love about the park is first of all its location. I can't praise the beauty of Greenwich enough. I love this part of town for it's neighborhoody feel, even though it's still crowded and a popular attraction for tourists. Greenwich has great restaurants, pubs, shops and cafés. Around Cutty Sark you are right next to the Thames with great views of both the City and Canary Wharf. Greenwich Market is really nice and offers both excellent food, vintage finds and creative art from emerging new artists. 


There is a certain tranquility over Greenwich Park, even on days when it's packed and full of children playing, dogs running and loud groups of people having picnics. I guess this is probably because everyone in the park seems happy and at ease regardless of the day you visit. I have never seen (or don't remember seeing) someone looking angry, having an argument or looking uncomfortable here. Everyone seems to come to the park to enjoy themselves; enjoy the sun, a ride on their bike, a chilled glass of prosecco, a book, a football game with friends. This is ultimately what I love the most about the park - its atmosphere. Also, views so perfect (especially at sunset) that will make you come back here again and again. 


On a closing note, a small recommendation: If you are ever in need of a bite I can recommend the close by bakery Peyton and Byrne for tasty sandwiches, good coffee (unfortunately they don't do iced coffee), juices and bakes. My personal favourite is their yoghurt and blueberry muffin - you are welcome ;-)


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tastemaker

Greenwich Park is such a lovely place to picnic in the summertime. It has heaps of space and lovely views of London. Literally one of my favorite parks in London. Take advantage of this one as it's always a little less busy than the other major parks which is such blessing if you are just after some downtime. 

Tastemaker

Hands down one of the best parks in London. Greenwhich Park boosts some beautiful views of London from the top of the hill, just above the Royal Maritime Museum, these vistas rival those of Primrose Hill. When you're sat up on this hill, it's like you're in another world, just fantastic. The GMT line and observatory is also conveniently located here.  

tastemaker

A favourite place in Greenwich - amazing views from the hill, lovely secluded areas where you can get away from the tourists and take in the stunning sights of the Royal Naval College and Canary Wharf. Flower garden is a quiet & secluded place, have worked from "home" there multiple times, no dogs allowed and very idyllic (when not too full of kids). There is a bandstand and they do lovely free concerts in summer, jazz in the park, people picnicking and dancing all around <3

tastemaker

Great views of London when you climb to the top and you can see the whole of Canary Wharf. It's really busy on a sunny day. We only saw part of the park and the view as we were visiting the Royal Observatory so I do need to go back to see the rest of it!

tastemaker

Greenwich Park truly has its own, special place in my heart.


Located in a beautiful surrounding area of maritime-style London, this is a spot to put your feet up for a while in between walks. With its gorgeous green hill (seems like a mountain when you're out jogging) topped with the Royal Observatory, the Park gives a stunning view from the bottom; and with a complete overview of Canary Wharf and infinity (and beyond), the views are even better from the top.


I've been here many, many times and yet I still can't say I've explored it all - with everything from hidden pathways to a rose garden, lively squirrels and chestnuts to collect in autumn, Greenwich Park has got it all. In the summer, you may have to dodge a few frisbees or footballs, or you can bring your own. There's really enough space for everyone, and whatever your preference - lying on the hill, being active on the flat, or admiring the views from mid-way - there's a spot for you here too.


Is it far out? Not to panic. DLR, trains, as well as the river bus stop here, and I definitely recommend the latter for a stylish arrival. And crowded with excellent pubs and restaurants, Greenwich is one to visit any day of the week.

Tastemaker

Greenwich Park may as well be the park prototype for all London parks. City skyline: check. Rolling green space: check. Boating lake: check. Wildlife: check. Monuments: check. It's the park you take your out of city parents to when they're visiting.


Where better to soak up the surroundings and enjoy the day than the beautiful park in Greenwich. To escape the crowds in summer, venture towards the back of the park where the flower and rose gardens await you


Beautiful place, amazing views, lovely atmosphere whether you are running, walking the dog or having a picnic.


we love Greenwich Park in all seasons, it's fab at the mo with changing autumn colours, blink and you miss the amazing couple of weeks of cherry blossom trees, lovely during summer eves and so special for a christmas morning stroll; it has views to die for whatever the weather.


My favourite park in the world.. great views, lovely to walk and my local.


Some of the best views in London, superbly maintained, and plenty of space to find your own little spot even on busy days in the summer sun.

tastemaker

I've always loved Greenwich. It's so full of culture and this park is huge with so many things to do. It has amazing views of London at the top of the hill. We used to come here to train and do circuits as it's quite a steep hill so it was a good workout. Once you're at the top, it's quite flat and smooth perfect for rollerblading here too. They even have a deer sanctuary at the back and the gardens are beautiful when in blossom. There are cafes, tennis courts and plenty of green space for picnics in the summer. I used to cycle through here every morning to get to work, and even now as a wheelchair user, find it accessible with facilities that cater for me and there's plenty of parking available. Definitely one of the better parks in London, full of nostalgia and memories of all the activities I've done here.


Best park in London. lots of space to do what you want, either solo or with family and friends

Tastemaker

Of all the lovely green parks our lovely capital has to offer, Greenwich Park for me is the best of the lot.


Steeped in history and home to some of the best attraction London has to offer, Greenwich Park is the largest park in South East London, boasting attractions including the Royal Observatory, The Prime Meridian Line, the Peter Harrison planetarium and (the only planetarium in London). If museums isn’t your thing, wander away from the crowd and find yourself a quiet spot within the 13 acres of space of the park where you can really be at one with nature.


The park also benefits hugely from being in Greenwich itself, being mere minutes away from an endless list of attractions such as the Royal Naval College, The National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark just to name a few.


But the piece de resistance is that view at the top of the park. It’s simply breathtaking and offers sweeping views of London’s amazing skyline from East to West. Sure it’s a bit of a trek to get up there, but boy is it worth it. Catch it at sunset, instagram it and you’re sure to get a ton of “likes”.


I’ve visited this park more often than I could count, and not once has it ceased to amaze me with it’s stunning views across London, it’s rich history, it’s endless list of attractions and vast, green open spaces. It’s no wonder that past monarchs including Henry VIII once called this place home.


Whether you’re looking for a spot to picnic on a warm summer’s day, or having a fun family day out, or simply exploring and getting your cultural fix, Greenwich Park (and Maritime Greenwich in general) has everything for everyone and without doubt my favourite place in all of London.

tastemaker

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. 

tastemaker

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!

Tastemaker

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!

Tastemaker

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.

Tastemaker

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.

Tastemaker

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. 

Tastemaker

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!


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!

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


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!


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


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,

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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. 


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