An exciting new playground at the National Maritime Museum. Get ready to explore The Cove!
Let your children's imaginations run wild at The Cove, a brand new outdoor playground at the National Maritime Museum.
Clamber aboard the ship and take the wheel, spin on the compass roundabout, scramble through the mighty Kraken’s tentacles and come face to face with the giant Cutty Shark!
At The Cove playground, kids can create their own swashbuckling adventures – where better to do it than in the heart of Maritime Greenwich!
Swipe through the images for a sneak peek of the National Maritime Museum's brand new play space.
Little adventurers can navigate the Kraken’s tentacles as it emerges from the waves. Slide, jump and climb through the sea creature’s tentacled nets, bridges and brightly coloured seaweed tangles. Don’t forget to peep out through the coloured spots to seek more adventures on the horizon!
Climb aboard the Shanty, The Cove's epic multi-levelled ship. Below deck kids can fire the pipe drum cannons or explore the barrels in the cargo hold. Up on the main deck they can ring the bell and visit the captain’s cabin, before climbing the crow’s nest to take on the giant tentacle slide!
Beware the Cutty Shark! Climb up the shark’s fin and explore through the maze of nets. Discover the secret den, play puzzles and escape by sliding through the Cutty Shark’s jaws.
The Cove has been developed in collaboration with Willow Dene School, an outstanding special school for children of primary and secondary age. Featuring sensory fun, accessible structures and a host of inclusive games, this is a playful space for everyone.
The new playground is right next to the Parkside Café of the National Maritime Museum. Run wild in The Cove, then head to the café to recharge for your next adventure!
Time to test your navigation skills! The Cove is found just outside the National Maritime Museum, right next to the Parkside Café and overlooking Greenwich Park. Look for the hedge with the giant orange tentacles poking over the top...
If you want to cheat, here's the spot to aim for on Google Maps.
Getting to Royal Museums Greenwich
The Cove is free to enter and there's no need to book in advance. However, if you'd like to combine your visit to the playground with a visit to one of Royal Museums Greenwich's fantastic family-friendly attractions, you're welcome to book tickets online in advance.
The Cove is right next to the Parkside Café at the National Maritime Museum, perfect for post-play snacks and family-friendly meals.
Toilets and baby changing facilities are inside too, just to the left of the information desk.
All toilet and baby changing facilities are wheelchair accessible, and there is also a Changing Places toilet available. Please ask staff for directions.
This is an adventurous play area. It provides challenging and stimulating play for children of different ages and abilities.
Please be mindful:
Greenwich is full of great things to do with kids, from historic ship Cutty Sark to out-of-this-world planetarium shows at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
The National Maritime Museum is family-friendly and free to enter, with a dedicated interactive gallery designed for under 7s. Older kids will love exploring the Museum's galleries and stories, from epic tales of explorers to real-life pirates.
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Summer (Mar-Aug): 10am-4.45pm
Winter (Sep-Feb): 10am-3.30pm
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The Cove playground is free to enter and you do not need to book in advance. However, if you'd like to combine your visit to the playground with a visit to one of our fantastic family-friendly attractions, you're welcome to book tickets online in advance.