Greenwich playground is a great place for families with children. With the upgrade done in summer 2019, the playground has taken another step towards becoming a London favourite!
The setting is fantastic with Greenwich Park as a backdrop and several child-friendly attractions nearby such as the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Observatory. There is no question about Greenwich being one of the most child-friendly places in London.
Greenwich playground is inclusive
Greenwich playground received an extensive refurbishment in 2019, with focus on making it inclusive for everyone, including children with all abilities. From the Royal Park’s website:
What has made the difference is that the designers have listened to the views of parents of young people and incorporated these insights directly into the design of the new playground. In doing so they’ve made a playground which is a better experience for all children.
Some of the things we like about the park are that space is more open, so easier to keep an eye on your child and the play areas are also very safe with equipment made out of natural materials, especially timber.
The sand and water play area is the centrepiece and on warm summer days, it will get completely packed to the extent where you will find it hard to find a free space to sit down. As always with the most popular London playgrounds, the best advice to avoid the big crowds is to go early in the morning or a bit later in the afternoon.
Best suited for younger children
In our opinion, Greenwich playground is best for pre-school age children, but older children can have fun as well but are likely to get bored with most of the play areas more targeted towards toddlers. For our two-year-old son, the new additions to the park were great and he can spend hours at a time playing. Our 5-year-old daughter had fun as well, but with less challenging play elements she reverted to playing with her younger brother.
One positive aspect of the open space is that it encourages kids to play together at the same time as it means parents need to keep extra attention, especially when younger and older kids play side by side. With no staff on location, everything is up to the parents to manage and it will be interesting to see if the big open space plan is going to work as intended vs. having more of separation like before. This is just our subjective opinion of course, but we think the next development of the park should be to build an area for 6-12-year-olds on the opposite side of the playground. What about a kids version of Cutty Sark similar to the Diana Memorial Playground’s pirate ship?
Getting to Greenwich playground
Address: Greenwich, London SE10 8QY