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Greenwich Park

Situated at the top of a hill, Greenwich Park is the oldest of the Royal Parks and is home to a small herd of Red and Fallow Deer.

Main attractions: It’s high location allows visitors a brilliant view across the River Thames right over to St. Paul’s cathedral. Located next to the National Maritime Museum, it is also host to the former Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line. The park covers over 180 acres.

Children: During the summer, children can pick English apples from the Community Orchard which is maintained by both staff and the local residents. The Greenwich Observatory is directly upon the Meridian Line, it’s zero degree longitude dividing the world into the East and West hemispheres. The observatory, which was established in 1675 was Britain’s first purposely built scientific research facility. A playground is also available for younger souls, complete with play equipment, sand pits and a refreshment kiosk.

Food and drink: The Pavilion Tea House is a licensed restaurant which serves both hot and cold foods. There are gardens to walk around, and also toilets, baby changing facilities and high chairs for the younger visitors use. There are also an additional four refreshment points available for drinks and light snacks.

Sports facilities: A boating lake offers both rowing and pedal boats from Easter through to October on half hour and one hour hire periods. There are also six open to the public tennis courts which are open every day during the summer months and on weekends during the winter.

Horticulture and wildlife: The Wilderness Deer Park is home to Red and Fallow deer, and other forms of wildlife including foxes, bats and other birds and ancient tree varieties.

Transport: Just two subway stations border the park, Blackheath and Maze Hill are the nearest main line stations. Greenwich park does however have it’s own car park, which is open from 7am until the park closes.


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