Greenwich Park Playground is a great place for families with children. Upgraded 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 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!
On the Thames Path
We also like the fact that Greenwich is so easy to reach via the Thames Path, which is one of the few long traffic-free paths in London. Whether you’re walking, cycling or scooting or arriving from west or east, consider a trip along the Thames. If you’re looking for traffic-free cycling, check out our suggested cycle routes 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.
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Greenwich playground is inclusive
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.
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?
Exploring the rest of Greenwich
Greenwich is really easy to explore and you’ll find all the other attractions in a short radius from 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 the playground?
Yes, but space is limited. We recommend enjoying a picnic in Greenwich Park‘s magnificent Flower Garden.
What’s the recommended ages for the playground?
Officially from 0 to 12 years old. However, in our experience kids above 8 years old are likely to get bored with a limited amount of challenging play equipment.
Is the playground good 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.
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.