Explore Greenwich park

Essential information

Opening times: 
6am daily
In Greenwich, In the park

Greenwich Park is said to be the most historic of all London’s Royal Parks, the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory and the Queen's House are situated in its grounds.

Formerly a hunting park the stunning grounds date back to Roman times and cover183 acres. It was the first Royal Park to be enclosed in 1427 and is still home to a small herd of Fallow and Red deer which you will find at the Wilderness Deer Park. 

Boating lake & playground

The park stretches along a hillside and is on two levels; on the lower level there is a popular children's playground and a boating lake in the north-east corner, close to Maze Hill railway station. A 200 metre long herbaceous border located at the front of the Queen's House, is London's largest and dates back to 1925. 

Rose garden 

The popular Rose Garden originally planted in 1960 is located on the eastern side of the park and the elegant Georgian villa it borders was originally the residence of the Park Ranger.

Top of the park

On the park’s upper level you can enjoy the sweeping views of the London skyline and River Thames at the top of the hill. Just outside the entrance to the Royal Observatory, look out for the Grade II listed statue of General James Wolfe which commemorates his victory against the French at Quebec securing Canada for the British. Wolfe lived in Greenwich and is buried in a local church. Look closely and you will see the bullet holes in the statue reportedly sustained during World War II from a German Messerschmitt.

Hidden treasures

Amongst the park’s hidden treasures are some Roman remains and Queen Elizabeth I’s fallen ancient oak tree. This huge oak tree dates back to the 12th century and according to legend  Queen Elizabeth I often enjoyed refreshments whilst relaxing in its shade and King Henry VIII once danced around it with Anne Boleyn.