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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park in Greenwich, east London, is the oldest of London's Royal Parks and today forms part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site.

Greenwich Park, London, UK.


Greenwich Park was a former royal hunting ground and was enclosed way back in 1433.

Nowadays, the roughly rectangular-shaped Greenwich Park covers 74 hectares (180 acres) and has beautiful views over the River Thames and Canary Wharf on a clear day from General Wolfe's statue.

Deer were first introduced by King Henry VIII in the sixteenth century and small herds of Fallow and Red deer still live here. The brick wall that surrounds much of the modern park was added by James I in the early 17th century. The public were first admitted in the 18th century and Dr. Samuel Johnson recorded his visit.

Greenwich Park, London, UK.


Greenwich Park is the perfect place to take a break between visiting Greenwich's other attractions, boasting three cafes, London's longest herbaceous border, a herb garden, a bandstand and a children's playground.

Other things to see in Greenwich include the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market, Greenwich Foot Tunnel, the Greenwich Meridian at the Royal Observatory on the hill in the middle of the park and Nelson's Ship In A Bottle by Yinka Shonibare outside the National Maritime Museum.

Greenwich Park is open from 6am to 7pm daily (later in the summer months).
www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/greenwich-park
SE 10 8QY

Greenwich Park, London, UK.


Access

By tube go to North Greenwich Station on the Jubilee Line then the 188 bus to Greenwich Park gate. There are main line trains to Greenwich, Maze Hill and Blackheath. Other London buses passing Greenwich Park include the #53, #54, #177, #180, #199, #202, #286, #380 and #386.

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