Greenwich Park, originally located on the campus of a royal palace and still owned by the crown, was fenced in 1433 and his brick wall was built in the reign of James I. Later, in the 17th century, the Frenchman André Le Nôtre – landscape architect who designed the royal gardens of Versailles – was invited to design another one in Greenwich. The wide avenue that heads south towards the hill was part of his project. From the top, the view of the river is beautiful and, on clear days one can see almost all of London. On the southeast side of the park is the Ranger’s House (1688) which today houses the Wernher Collection. This is a lovely show of over 650 items collected in the late 19th century by Sir Julius Wernher, who owned mines in South Africa. The collection is spread over 12 rooms of this house and includes paintings, jewelry, furniture and porcelain. The collection features works from the early Renaissance of Hans Memling and Filippo Lippi, and a pendant in the shape of a lizard, inlaid with opals and gold, with ruby necklace. Among other curiosities are varnished skulls.
From 6:00AM all year round. Closing hours can vary depending on the season.
Vehicles access open at 7:00AM, however there is no through traffic from 10:00AM till 4:00PM every day.
Park is closed for vehicle traffic at weekends and bank holidays.
Blackheath Gate, Charlton Way – Greenwich
London SE10 8QY
Closest attractions:Royal Observatory, Queen’s House and National Maritime Museum.
Getting there:North Greenwich tube station, Greenwich DLR, and Greenwich, Maze Hill and Blackheath rail stations. Buses 53, 54, 177, 180, 188, 199, 202, 286, 380 and 386. Greenwich Pier for Riverboat.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8858 2608
Facilities and Additional Information
- Disabled toilet facilities;
- Guide dogs allowed;
- Cafés and restaurants.