Formerly a hunting park, the 183-acre Greenwich Park is said to be the most historic of all of London’s eight Royal Parks. Offering up beautiful views of the Thames, the grounds include the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, as well as the Queen’s House.
As the first royal park to be enclosed in 1427, Greenwich Park is said to be the most historic. Open for over a hundred years, the park has played host to the Romans, royalty, and scientists. As such, you’ll also find the Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory, and Montague House, where Queen Caroline (formerly the Princess of Wales) lived with her husband King George IV.
Smell the roses
Walk through the park’s ancient trees and visit the serene flower, herb, and orchard gardens. The most popular garden is probably the Rose Garden, which is located on the park’s eastern edge. First planted in 1960, the garden has been continuously developed with additional flower beds, notably the Floribunda rose, which offers a bouquet on every branch. Towards the back of the garden you’ll find a striking Georgian mansion that was once the residence of the park ranger and today houses the Wernher Collection of artworks: A stunning private assemblage of objects collected around a particular passion for the “splendidly ugly.”
Into The Wilderness
When Greenwich Park was first enclosed, red and white fallow deer roamed across the entire area. Today, they are confined to an area called The Wilderness, which is located towards the south of the park. The deer that remain here today are the remaining herd of Henry VIII’s deer. Take a walk through this tranquil area and spot some of the majestic animals.
Time for tea
Before you leave, stop by Pavilion Café at the top of the hill nearby the Royal Observatory. Sit outside on the terrace on a sunny day or take a seat in the cozy interiors of the recently refurbished café, where traditional English breakfast, cakes, and cream tea are served throughout the day.
When to go
It’s always a good time to go. Opening hours are from 6 am for pedestrians and 7 am for traffic. Closing times vary depending on the season, though range between 6 pm and 9:30 pm. The park is free to enter. Find out more at royalparks.org.uk/parks/greenwich-park.