Heading to Greenwich with kids? Stopping by Greenwich Park Playground can be a really exciting experience for the little ones. Here is our experience as a local family.
The setting is fantastic with Greenwich Park as a beautiful backdrop and several child-friendly attractions nearby such as Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. And if you get hungry, Greenwich Market is never far away with all its international street-food options. There is no question about Greenwich being one of the most family-friendly places in London!
Top 5 activities for kids in Greenwich
- The Playground: One of the most inclusive play areas in London (see our review below)
- Ahoy! Gallery: A perfect place for toddlers to immerse themselves in maritime role-playing (National Maritime Museum)
- Peter Harrison Planetarium: Go on an intergalactic adventure and enjoy one of the astronomy shows (next to the Royal Observatory on top of the hill)
- Cutty Sark: Experience this family-friendly tea clipper with all its hands-on displays
- Greenwich Park: In our opinion the best park in London for a picnic with lots of places for kids to explore.
What age is Greenwich Playground suitable for?
With easy climbing frames and play areas targeted towards toddlers and pre-school children, Greenwich Park Playground is best for kids 1-7 years old. For our four-year-old son, the park is absolutely great, and he can easily spend an hour playing in the park. Our eight-year-old daughter usually has fun as well, but with less challenging play elements, she gets bored much quicker. The maximum age limit recommended by Royal Parks is 12 years old.
A playground designed to be inclusive and accessible for everyone
Greenwich playground received an extensive refurbishment in 2019, with a 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.The Royal Parks
We support this quote from the Royal Parks 100% and think it’s a great approach for designing a modern playground. Being frequent visitors to Greenwich Playgrounds, we think the inclusiveness works really well, and we often see our children joining other kids while playing, especially in the water and sand area.
Easy to keep an eye on your kids
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.
One positive aspect of the open space is that it encourages kids to play together simultaneously, as it means parents need to keep extra attention, especially when younger and older kids play side by side. However, with no staff on location, everything is up to the parents to manage. It will be interesting to see if the big open space plan will work as intended vs. having more 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?
Exploring the rest of Greenwich
Greenwich is easy to explore, and you’ll find all the other attractions within a short radius of the playground. Just be aware that it can be a steep climb from the Greenwich town centre to the top of the hill with the Royal Observatory. Here are the other key attractions that you should try to catch:
Is there a cafe in Greenwich Park Playground?
Yes, there’s a kiosk for drinks, snacks and ice cream inside the playground.
Can you have a picnic in Greenwich Playground?
Yes, but space is limited. We recommend climbing up on one of the hilltops to enjoy a picnic with a view outside the playground area in the main park.
Is the playground suitable for toddlers?
Yes, the playground has several areas great for toddlers. We particularly like the water play area and the sandpit.
Is Greenwich Park Playground good for teenagers?
No. Recommended age limit is 12 years old, but kids above 8 years old tend to get bored qucickly.
Is the playground crowded?
Like everywhere else in London, the Greenwich Park Playground gets crowded during school holidays and weekends.
When is the best time to go to Greenwich Park Playground?
We recommend going in the morning before 11:00 AM to avoid the biggest crowds.
Is the playground gated?
Yes, the playground is gated but not staffed. Supervise your child at all times.
Are there toilets in Greenwich Park Playground?
Yes. You’ll find toilets including children’s toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.
Is Greenwich Park Playground free of charge?
Yes, there is no entry fee or pre-booking required.