- Relax in a beautiful setting with a rich history of scientific progress and discovery.
- Stand in the time-keeping centre of the world at the Greenwich Meridian Line.
- Take in the incredible views across London from the top of the hill in Greenwich Park.
- Explore the well-kept gardens and natural scenery of the park year-round.
For centuries, Greenwich Park in Greenwich, London, has served as the centre of the world when it comes to time-keeping. Within this beautiful 180-acre park is the world-famous Royal Observatory, where you can find the prime meridian line, which separates the world in two.
The park itself is home to green spaces, picturesque gardens, and some of the best open-air views of London around. It has a rich history, as it was the first of the Royal Parks of London to be enclosed, over 500 years ago in 1433. Since then, it has served as a hunting ground for Henry VIII, as the site of the Royal Observatory, and eventually was opened to the public in the 17th century.
The Royal Greenwich Observatory is an incredible site with lots of amazing things to see and do. Located at the top of a hill inside Greenwich Park, this museum is the home of time, where all the world's time zones are marked from. At the prime meridian line, you can stand in both the western and eastern hemispheres at once!
Greenwich Park is a brilliant starting spot for access to all of the Royal Museums Greenwich's amazing sites. The nearby Cutty Sark is the last surviving British tea clipper ship and a must-see for fans of maritime history. Other attractions include the Maritime Museum, which charts the development of Britain's seafaring past.
The gardens at Greenwich Park are open year-round and are home to beautiful flowers and plants. These gardens include the Rose Garden, the Queen's Orchard, and the Flower Garden. The park also houses London's longest herbaceous border, which stretches for 200 metres at the edge of the park.
Greenwich Park is home to numerous interesting wildlife species, which might makes you feel more like you're in the countryside than the centre of the busiest city in the country! This includes red and fallow deer, which have lived there since the park was enclosed in the 15th century. If you're lucky, you might be able to spot some of these beautiful creatures during your visit.
What to know before you go
- Greenwich Park opening times vary throughout the year, with the longest hours during the summer.
- There are multiple places to grab a bite to eat in Greenwich Park. The Park View Coffee Cabin and the White House Cafe both offer tasty treats and snacks. For something more substantial, the Pavilion Café at the top of the hill has a bigger menu, and a large garden to eat and relax in. There is outside seating available, as well as plenty of open space to have a picnic if you'd prefer.
- There are three toilet facilities on site at Greenwich Park. Unfortunately, there are no baby-changing facilities available in the toilets.
- The recently renovated Greenwich Park playground can be found in the northeast area of the park and has plenty of equipment for children to play on.
- The park is wheelchair and buggy friendly, with tarmacked pathways throughout.
- Entry to the park is free, but the Royal Observatory charges entrance fees.
- Greenwich Park is a 20-minute drive from central London.
- For Greenwich Park parking, there is a pay-and-display car park accessible from the Blackheath Gates entrance. It's open from 7am - 9pm daily and costs £1.20 per hour, with a four-hour maximum stay.
- For access to the park via public transport, with Greenwich train station an eight-minute walk away.
- You can also take the Jubilee line to North Greenwich Tube station. This is around a 12-minute walk from the park, but the 188 and 129 buses take you from the Tube station directly to the park.
- As well as the 188 and 129 buses, the 53, 54, and 108 all have stops near the park.