Superb views, plenty of history and super-chilled out generally: this might just be my favourite park in London. What place thus is there more fitting then as my 400th review?
Greenwich Park is best approached from Blackheath. Heading for the gate at this end, there is little indication of the beauty that lies within, just the rather incongruous and distant sight of Canary Wharf in contrast to the heath. Your first hint is the tree-lined drive into the Park: a beautiful and rather English experience, particularly in the Autumn. Continue inwards to the crest of the hill, and there it is in all its splendour.
In the immediate foreground is the Old Royal Naval College, a stunning and well-preserved former training facility for the Royal Navy, designed by Christopher Wren and a World Heritage Site. That alone is worth a closer look when done with Greenwich Park. Beyond lies the financial buildings of Canary Wharf, to the right the O2 and further to the north, the Gherkin and other landmarks of the City. Truly, the views are stunning.
Then it's a matter of slowly descending into the Park itself. The lack of low-flying air traffic compared to West London and the relatively low density of people makes the Park very relaxed, particularly on summer days. That feeling and the presence of the Old Royal Naval College is enough to cement its top dog status for me, without taking its other attractions, such as the Royal Observatory, into consideration.
It lacks the public profile of Hyde Park, Regents Park and Richmond Park, but that's all the more reason to visit.
What's not to love about Greenwich Park? Okay, yes the tourists leave something to be desired but this place is gorgeous.
In-between Greenwich and Blackheath, you've got the Herb Garden, Queens House, Observatory, Maritime Museum, the glorious Painted Hall and my alma mata University of Greenwich to admire...as if the lush greenery was not enough.
On a clear day you'll want to stay forever :-)
I grew up in Greenwich, and spent my childhood playing in the park whenever I could, so it holds a sentimental spot in my heart.
It's got a lake, an observatory, a planetarium, a children's playground (although, if you don't have any kids, that's a bit weird.) And, if i'm being totally honest. The grass is MUCH MUCH greener than parks you find in London, especially during the summer, where most parks have dry and yellow grass.
BUT I HATE DRIVING HERE. Especially, if you find yourself on the one way system around burney street and king william walk in the summer. WALK ON THE PAVEMENTS, PEOPLE. Roads have cars, big hunk of metal going your way means MOVE.
That place is truly spectacular!
Wonderful attractive area where you can spend a nice day walking around, visiting Observatory which is close by, and just enjoying little, but pretty Greenwich :)
You'll definitely find out that gardeners are taking care of their land here so much, and U'll truly appreciate it - grass is soooooo green! Like in American movies :)
It's much nicer in the summer, but in winter just dress warmer and don't forget your umbrella in case of rain :)
I love Grenwich and I love this park! I have always lived in London and have been going to this park since I was born, so I have lots of happy memories. Most of these memories are based around feeding the squirrels (!), the ducks and deer. If you enter this park from the bottom through the NMM entrance then there is a small boating lake (which doesn't have water in it at the moment) and a cool children's park. Heading up the hill there is an Observatory (which has great views over London), tennis courts, a bandstand, a pond with ducks and a place where deer live that you can have a look into. Although Greenwich Park is lovely in summer, I really enjoy walking through here on a frosty morning. There is parking but I don't normally drive here, so I can't comment on cost. Treat yourself to a trip here, and also have a look around Greenwich town centre.
If it's the weekend and the sun is out, you might want to consider heading over to Greenwich Park. Be warned, however, that everyone else and their great uncle Billy will be considering this as well. Also, your great uncle Billy's bookie's girlfriend's parents who are visiting from Japan will definitely be there too.
But this doesn't really matter all that much, since Greenwich Park is freaking huge. And beautiful. Once you schlep up the pathway towards the Royal Observatory, you can sit out on the grassy hill and enjoy the beautiful view of the Canary Wharf skyline.
You can take a walk across the prime meridien line and feel smug that England is (or once was, at least) the centre point of the world.
You can feed the squirrels.
You can walk by the Queen's house and quietly heckle the wedding party (that is sure to be there on a sunny weekend) while silently disapproving of the obscene wealth of some people.
You can rent a boat and paddle it around the really small lake (actually, I wouldn't recommend you come to Greenwich Park to do this, as it's a bit lame, but, still, at least the option's there).
Or you can just lie out in the grass and soak up the sun like the rest of SE London is doing.
A day out in Greenwich is one of London's best ways to spend a day with friends, family or significant other.
I would recommend travelling by boat from Central London to catch river views of the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral and Canary Wharf on the way to Greenwich as well as to enjoy a jaunt down the Thames
Once you arrive, the naval museum and the Cutty Sark are 2 clues as to the maritime history which underpins this area though the Cutty Sark is still being rebuilt after the recent fire
However, Greenwich Park holds makes up an important component to an enjoyable day in this borough with its relaxing grassy expense and spectacular views back towards the Canary Wharf skyline. This does come at the expense of a climb up a steep hill though.
The other payoff for all that physical exertion is the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian where nought degrees longitude is to be found
A lovely day day out and for variety, I would suggest catching the Docklands Light Railway back into town for a different view and transport experience
Visitors to London should take the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) and come via the Thames underground tunnel to lovely little Greenwich for a day trip beyond the central city. The park, which rises from the river to hills offering nice views of the area, is truly spectacular, even if there were not the added benefit of seeing the Greenwich Royal Observatory (and the awesome John Harrison chronometers, esp. the H2 and H3) and the Prime Meridian. There are oak trees here older than the United States, truly amazing specimens of nature and testament to great English traditions of gardening and nature preservation.
We appreciated the care that the groundskeepers put into making this a world-class location for seeing plants and trees, certainly as impressive as Kew Gardens and more open and accessible (although without the greenhouses). It's amazingly calm and peaceful in the park, even though the hustle and bustle of the city is just a few kilometers away. The views of the Thames and docklands are also really nice. Venture beyond the metro center to Greenwich! You will be happy (although a little tired) for taking the time to make this trip. The weather can be rough, so dress warmly and be prepared for rain, esp. in winter. It is London, after all.
Greenwich Park is a stunning part of the SE10 landscape. Covering over 183acres its main attraction is a steep hill that gives incredible views across London that includes Canary Wharf and St Paul's Cathedral.
The park itself has a combination of flat grassy areas, tree-lined walk areas and sporting facilities. For children there is a boating pool and play area. For those willing to search I've heard reports there are small herds of Fallow and Red Deer.
Keep a look out at what's happening at the observatory. I watched a black hole exhibit there and it was fantastic.
Being right next to the maritime museum adds yet another dimension to this beautiful park.
Lovely views over London and the beautiful buildings that hug the Thames.
It's parks like these that would see me giving up our age of modern luxuries and gadgets (yes, even my Yelp app) to go back in time and live in the golden age of opulence where the most stressful thing about your day was putting on your silly suit and going for a stroll in this gorgeous park. To see this place during it's hayday would have been some sight.
What's the DLR for? I thought it was a myth, some extra scribbles on the tube map that all seemed to be handicapped-friendly. Greenwich, you break me out of my zone 1 bubble! Not an easy task!
We approached Greenwich park from the north side of the river, so you can see the view of the old Naval Academy (now Greenwich Uni) which sits at the base of the hill on the South side of the river. There's a tunnel you can walk through under the river and come up and wander up to the hill.
Once you get to the top and stop seeing stars from the dizzying hike, you can enjoy a view of the skyline from a perspective you don't often get to from a height this high. The observatory is a quick walk-through, I can't really remember anything amazing inside of it, but I guess it's just to say you've done it.
It's a lovely green space that'll get you out of the rut of going to the same spots up North, and if I wasn't so concerned about grass stains, I would roll down the hill like the little kids do! Sigh... getting older...
I am so jealous of anyone who lives near Greenwich Park. I was quite smug, having Bush and Richmond Park within a stones throw of me. But anyone who has Greenwich Park near them not only has a vast, well kept expanse of greenery near them, but they get all the historic buildings that are housed within them.
I could have walked around here all day. When I was here it was a cold winters afternoon, so it felt like I had the park to myself, but I remember coming here on a summers day and it felt like every person in South East London was out having a party in the park.
I came here to visit the Greenwich Observatory. Just opposite the building is a small stand selling organic sausages in rolls, buns or with mash. I can't tell you what a treat that was on a icy afternoon. Our stand in Bushy Park just sells cups of tea!
Greenwich Park is one of London's prestigious Royal Parks and is home to much of its historic maritime. During summers Greenwich park is a lovely place to relax, read a book and catch some rays.
The park is on a slope and walking to the higher end of the park is an enjoyable way to burn off some calories. Once up there you can admire a splendid view of Greenwich University as well as the Capital and River Thames. At the top of the hill is also the centre of the planet (0 Longitude and 0 Latitude). Some snack shacks are at the top should you require refreshments for your visit and the top end is also where the park's car park is based. This car park sadly is not free and is a pay and display.
If you have kids then there is a swing park and pond to keep them amused and in the summer, pedal boats are available to hire. Large green spacious areas make great places to play sports and games with friends. Being a Royal Park it is well taken care of and is normally clean.
If you have some time to kill in Greenwich then make sure you kill some of it in the park. It is a 5/10 minute walk from Greenwich train/DLR station, a 5 minute walk from Cutty Sark DLR or just over the road from Maze Hill.
Large open space, between the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. On a sunny day (and today was such a rarity), expect to see a friendly football match or people tossing around a frisbee, and some folks sunning or picnicing. Dogs seem to be allowed, or at least aren't discouraged.
Green grass and big green trees, with occasional patrols from community service officers to keep everything friendly.
Interesting tidbit. Greenwich Park is the site of one of the first international terrorism incidents. A French anarchist was killed by a bomb he was carrying in 1894. No one knows why he had decided to target the Observatory.
You can't beat the views of the Docklands area and if it's a clear day, all the way to the City.
I wish that this park was closer to where I lived and I would have come here everyday! I think that this park is often left out of though because it does take a bit of work to get here from Central London (like other reviewers have mentioned - a tube trip, DLR, then a walk) but it is worth it, especially if you make a day of it.
There is a Marks & Spencer right outside of the DLR station. Stop here first and pick up a some picnic food. Then walk to the top of the hill, pick out a spot with a good vantage point, spread out a blanket and enjoy =)
It's a big park.
On a hot and sunny weekend it will be very busy.
There's an Observatory in the park.
There are brilliant views of London from the Observatory (well, you would hope so wouldn't you?)
A nice place to stop and sit for a while. Or stroll about.
I like it,
On the way to the Greenwich Observatory I was walking through the park and I heard this LOUD buzzing sound and out of no where came this fast flying plane that flipped around from side to side then buzzed off.
It was the Red Bull Air Race going on down the way. So I stood there and watched these planes making moves that I didn't think was possible. I took a few photos yelp.co.uk/biz_photos/na… but I was never quick enough to get a good photo....man are they fast.
Yes, another review about a park. How exciting! Well, it's not just any park. This could be the most fun park in London. For a start I don't think Hyde park has any deer in it.
Greenwich Park does. At the top near Maze Hill Station. They aren't easy to find but that makes them even more fun. There's a bench so you can sit and watch them while squirrels play around your feet. Fine, so you might get squirrels in other parks but I think they are more friendly in Greenwich. They've been fattened up by tourists and you often can't get rid of the little blighters.
There's a rose garden further up. On the other side, near the exit to the posh bit of Greenwich. Now, it's still March so it's not really much to look at right now but do trust me it's the prettiest place in the the whole park when the roses are in full bloom. Smells great too.
And, my favourite bit of the park? Well there's a scary tree. I know, trees aren't often very scary, but there's one that was rumoured to be used as a prison. It's hollow and people were locked inside. This frankly scares the bejeezees out of me. Tree ghosts are freaky.
Hh yes, and all the other park stuff too: The Observatory, the great view of London, football, frisbee. Oooh, those pedal boats. Swans. Dogs chasing sticks.
And, really hot men playing football without their shirts on in the summer.
See, and you thought this was going to be just another review of a park.
Grew up not far from Greenwich park and used to come here every weekend. The only bad bit is that we used to come on Sunday and that meant only one thing - school the next day - AARGG. Ah the memories.
Anyway, this is one of the nicest parks in London, and the view north from next to the Observatory is probably the best in London. Apart from the views there is also a cute duck pond, an enclosure with deer, lots of tame squirrels, and the occasional donkey ride next to the Blackheath Common entrance. The revamped Planetarium is great (although you have to pay to go into the main bit) and I love visiting the Observatory and reading about all the old martime and horological (timepieces) history.
Greenwich Park might be the most central park in London, but it certainly is one of the prettiest. At least to me anyway. I've been lucky enough to attend numerous picnics here, and each and every time I've gone all weak at the knees with the sheer lush greenery and rolling hills situated all around me.
Close your eyes and you can practically see Tudor ladies strolling around the park in lace and petticoats trying to catch deer and the eyes of a handsome young man in pantaloons (for the love of God, someone please tell me that I'm not the only woman who pretends that she is a Tudor lady when she's walking around Greenwich Park!)
Best of all, Greenwich Park is full of squirrels - really cheeky ones too who will try and nick your sandwich if you're not careful. And it's got a great little pavilion cafe situated by the main gates too where you can stop for a nice cup of tea and a sticky bun if it's all getting a bit too much. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, why not try walking up to the top of the hill near the Observatory and looking out over South East London? It's a view not to be missed, even if the skyline is dominated by Canary Wharf and some big grey (rather unscenic) towerblocks.
Greenwich Park is a truly gorgeous bit of urban green space - and a place you really must visit the next time you're in the area. Just watch out for those cheeky squirrels!
This park is one of the Queen's finest, and certainly my favourite.
Some never venture farther than the packed little quadrant by the main gates in the centre of Greenwich... but explore a little more and you'll find some quiet little spots where people play, strum guitars, meditate, take tai chi, and just chill out.
There are splendid views too, of the city and beyond and if you're on the tourist trail you can always check out the Royal Observatory, Maritime Museum, Queen's House and so on. But to really experience this tranquil green space at its best I would recommend a picnic, a set of speakers, an impromptu handstand competition and a late afternoon doze. Mmm.
Set against the hill atop which the Observatory is built, this is one of my favourite London parks. With huge expanses of open lawn ideal for a game of soccer or Frisbee, and lots of shady nooks and crannies for picnics and privacy it balances all you need from a city space perfectly! With so much to do in the area, you can laze in the park after all the sightseeing has been done or warm up for an evening out! There is also stunning views across the London docklands which is nice to see form a different angle.
For a day out in another part of town, this is always nice.
In every season, Greenwich Park is a joy to visit. There are swing parks for children, flower gardens for beautiful scenery, friendly squirrels (who will climb up your leg to get a nut!), and deer to watch.
I have fond childhood memories of collecting conkers here, and standing by General Wolfe looking down over London.
A beautiful place, for treasured memories.
I bought my mum and dad to Greenwich Park when they were here visiting. It was a sunny afternoon on Sunday they simply loved it. It is quite a large well kept park.. great for dog walking and lazing around. The Maritime Museum is good for family outings. If you get a chance to go up to the top you will get a great view of Canary Wharf! Each time I go there I love it never will I grow tired of it!
It also offers a good place for picnics, softballs or simply reading a book on the grass!
Just one thing: If you haven't been here, then you should, because it's just beautiful.
Greenwich Park is one of those tourist attraction musts. It does offer a nice view of London, and if you're lucky enough to go on a warm day I'd recommend getting pizzas from pizza express and eating them in the park. Easy access from the ferry is a plus!
One of the best parks in London, perfect idea for weekends in summer. Even when it's very busy (especially in a gorgeous sunny day) there will still be lots of space for visitors to chill out.
Mind you, it's kind of tourist spot so it could be a little noisy sometimes if you opt to sit near its landmarks. Nice view at the top of the hill where you can see Canary Wharf at a glance and enjoy the beauty of River Thames.
Greenwich park is simply stunning. Even better when arriving by Thames Clipper.
Enclosed within the park is the National Maritime Museum which is worthy of a review on its own. You can then make the gentle walk up to the Royal Observatory (which is free) where the views looking back down on Canary Wharf & the Martime Museum are absolutely stunning.
The park is a great place for a picnic with the family on a sunny day.
There are a couple of cafeterias for if you feel peckish but I would bring your own food as with anywhere else in London these can be quite pricey.
The park is going to host some of the equestrian events at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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Been living in SE London my whole life and as a kid always loved to visit Greenwich park,, it is such a big park, and you never find that it is over packed,
they have a small boating lake which is nice for the small kids, or the big ones that don't want to grow up :)
the swing park has always been something i loved as a kid, and is in great condition.. this i would say is the best park in London, and always love to visit it on a sunny day.
Also have the top part of the park which has parking, but that does get rather busy on a nice day, and you will be fighting for a space.
Also there is a small park at the top which is the gardens and you can bring ur monkey nuts to feed the squirrels .
The perfect retreat on a sunny day, Greenwich Park is not as far as you think - and loaded with fun things to do. There's Greenwich itself which has so much village charm, the museums, observatory, planetarium, market
It is a good idea to beat the crowds by getting there a little early, just as everything is opening, arrive for 9ish, have a nice quiet stroll and then sit in a cafe and watch the streets get busier and busier :)
Despite being one of the largest cities in the World, it's nice to see that within the souless industrial glass, metal, and concrete of London, places of beauty such as this still exist.
Having been here on a school-trip many years ago, I just didn't want to leave, heh, I coulda' just pitched up a massive tent and lived it out here for a while and enjoyed nature, and being away from all of the un-friendly approach of the City.
That's not to say that the City is un-friendly per-se, but that I'd rather throw a blanket out here and relax for a few hours, than have a ton of tourists treading on my size 13 feet.
Such a nice Place in London! It's different to Hyde Park, beacause of the distance to the city-center! I think this place is magic... it's the place where the prime meridian is located! for a geography-student... that's outstanding!! ;)
In addition the journey to Greenwich with DLR is special... i love the viaducts though the urban jungle at Heron Quays!! 5 stars - no discussion ;)!
If you want to have a lovely walk or a picnic, this park is the right place for you. The view is picturesque, the area is scenic. If you are in a good company, you will enjoy the nice atmosphere together.
Nobody ever takes naps in London. Not on parks at least. I decided to change that and take a long two hour sleeper on the Prime Meridian. Maybe it was sleeping on the arbitrary center of earth that helped me fall asleep. It could have been like sleeping aligned on a perfectly flat bed had the park been perfectly flat. I slept sound though with my backpack as a pillow. Like the pictures, the park is green and hilly (even more hilly than the ones shown) and overlooks Greenwich in many parts. Lots of dogs, frisbees and jogging fondly reminded me of Dolores Park in San Francisco. The grass is well cared for and the end of June turned out to be less rainy than imagined. I am not certain whether napping in green parks is uncouth here in the British motherland but the park is nappable and the ground is like a firm mattress.
Greenwich Park is great. Admittedly much depends upon the weather, and it could equally be a miserable place, but in general, it is a fantastic open space with hills, wooded areas and a play area for kids. The fact that it overlooks the Maritime Museum and is overlooked by the Greenwich Observatory, gives the park a regal feel, as if visiting a stately home. Take the dog and the kids and let off steam for a couple of hours.
If only it were on the north of the Thames I would happily live in Greenwich. Their park is unmatchable. Not even Hampstead Heath, with its lazy, brushy sweep up to the posh suburbs can match the majesty of Greenwich Park, one of few royally chartered public spaces. I very much make a trip of it: ride my bike through Canary Wharf, take the Greenwich Tunnel to Cutty Sark, poke about the waterfront then head up to the hills. There is officially no bike-riding in the park itself but no one seems to take this seriously, least of all the children who often use the hills as a kind of track. Really great for long walks. I imagine I might even start running again if I lived around there.
Classy park this one. Greenwich being pretty darned beautiful anyway, the park rally is the jewel in the crown. A huge, flat, open space for all the ball games / Frisbee you can handle and lots of paths, trees and spots to sit down and chillax. I recommend heading up the hill towards the observatory; the view across London is simply unbeatable.
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OK guys and gals here we go again with another review from filimbo he wants to be a mouse. No, he wants to review Greenwich park sir jimmy, as it is the main shall we say yes indeed reason as it were for visiting greenwich thankyou your royal majesty. My first experience of the park was it trying to kill me as i sweated up the incline to the high on a hill with a lonely goatherd observatory. Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay etc. Happily i defeated it (this time) but I'm sure the grassy swine has an ace up its sleeve (next time). Or at least a king in its cuff (or a diamond in the rough hi thankyew). Nice views of the naval buildings and canary wharf.
Round the observatory is a lovely little astronomer's garden, then why not have a picnic in the haymeadow? Sadly i couldn't see deer. That is a shame dear, it looked lovely. No dear, I couldn't see deer. I heard you the first time dear. and so on and so on
The children's play area at the bottom end of the park (near the boating lake) is one of the best for pre-schoolers - really good equipment for crawlers and toddlers. There is a cafe in there for ice creams or coffee - and a huge sandpit that my 2 year old is obsessed with!
Great spot, great walk to the observatory. Calm quiet setting.
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