Greenwich Park: Where else in the world can you sit in the ‘back garden’ of a King’s palace. With a foot in each hemisphere, setting your watch to world time while looking across the major sights of London and the River Thames.
4 Stunning Greenwich Park Viewpoints
There are lots of amazing parks in London, but Greenwich Park is our favourite. Why? Because of the amazingly beautiful views. Not because the viewpoints are so high or because you’ll see every famous high rise building on London’s skyline – for this you can go to the Shard, or even better get a free ticket to the Sky Garden.
The reason why Greenwich Park is so stunning is because of the contrasts between old and new, city and green space, river and land. It’s a similar feeling to staring at the fjords of Norway where you get the contrasts between snowcapped mountains, lush forests and deep blue water.
So to make it easy for you, we mapped out four different locations where you can enjoy some of the most beautiful views of London.
1. Royal Observatory / Wolfe Statue Viewpoint
This is the most popular viewpoint in Greenwich Park which often gets busy during holidays and weekends. From here you can look down on the Queen’s House, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Naval College and the high-rise buildings of Isle of Dogs on the other side of the river. The Queens House is said to be the model used for the White House in Washington DC.
2. One Tree Hill Viewpoint
Like other Royal Parks in London, Greenwich Park was once the hunting park for Henry VIII, and it was the first Royal Park to be enclosed in 1433.
3. Standing Figure Viewpoint
In addition to the views towards the north side of the park and Isle of dogs, you’ll get a nice glimpse of Our Ladye Star of the Sea Church and the south of the city westwards.
4. Maze Hill Viewpoint
From Maze Hill you get great views towards Isle of Dogs and the Thames running east towards North Greenwich and the O2 arena.
Its 180 acres offer excellent views of the City of London, the Isle of Dogs, and the Thames. The park was opened to the public by George IV in 1830 and has been a popular destination for Londoners ever since.
Greenwich Park highlights
- The world-famous Royal Observatory
- A small boating lake (or pond rather)
- The terrific children’s playground, one of London’s best in our opinion.
- The family-friendly National Maritime Museum with lots of interactive exhibitions for kids
- If you’re bringing small children, the Flower Garden is just fab
- The Wilderness Deer Park, where herds of red and fallow deer are seen alongside bats, foxes and ancient trees
- The tranquil Pavillion Tea House
- The statue of General Wolfe, who established British rule in Canada
- The Meridian Line, Longitude Zero
- London’s planetarium where you can take an inspiring journey into space
Roman ruins were discovered during routine park operation in 1902 and have been partially excavated over the years. Archaeologists have been able to determine that the structure was most likely a temple, and it appears to have been part of perhaps an extensive temple complex. These days, some 2000 years since the time of the Romans, this park is the perfect place to spend a day enjoying the outdoors.
One recent project at the park is the restoration of an old orchard area dating back to about 1666, and the Royal Parks and volunteers are working hard to preserve some of the original features while making it an ecological asset to the community. The Deer Park at Greenwich, also known as the Wilderness, is the oldest of London’s deer parks and is home to a small herd of red and fallow deer.
The beauty of Greenwich is that there are so much to explore. You can make a great day trip and combine a visit to a museum with a visit to the park while enjoying delicious street food from the local market. Here are the other Greenwich attractions that we’ve reviewed:
What’s the best thing for kids in Greenwich Park?
Greenwich Park Playground is highly recommended.
Why is Greenwich Park so special?
The location on the Thames, and the beautiful views from the hilltops.
What are the main attractions in Greenwich Park?
Is Greenwich Park free?
Yes, there is no charge to enter the park.
Is there a parking space in Greenwich Park?
Yes, there’s a parking space but it fills up quickly during weekends.
Is Greenwich Park worth a day-trip?
If you explore some of the attractions adjacent to the park, you’ll have no problem filling up a full day with activities.
Can I travel to Greenwich Park by boat?
Yes, you can take the Thames Clippers to Greenwich Pier. The walk from the pier to the park entrance takes around 10 minutes.
Can I travel to Greenwich Park by tube?
Not without changing to DLR. The nearest station is Cutty Sark.
Is Greenwich a good place for families?
Greenwich has all the right ingredients for a family-friendly place to live close to London. This include lots of green space, good air quality, cultural activities and great playgrounds.
Does Greenwich Park get crowded during weekends?
It’s a very popular destination during weekends, but there’s plenty of space so it doesen’t feel very crowded.
Is Greenwich Park a good place for cycling with kids?
You can cycle through the park on The Avenue and Blackheath Avenue, but The Avenue is quite steep. If cycling with children, we recommend the Thames Path nearby.