Greenwich Park formerly a hunting park in Greenwich is one of the largest green spaces in south-east London. One of the Royal Parks of London, it is the first to be enclosed (in 1433), covering 74 hectares (180 acres), beingpart of the Greenwich World Heritage Site. It offers fine views over the River Thames, the Isle of Dogs as well as the City of London. The park is open from 06:00 for visitors (and 07:00 for traffic) all year round and it closed at dusk.
At the lower level of the park you can find a popular children’s playground (north-east corner) and a wonderful boating lake. There is also a herb garden (close to the entrance of Greenwich’s town centre).
On the upper level, you’ll find an extensive flower garden complete with a large duck pond a cricket ,pitch, a rose garden, lots of 17th century chestnut trees with swirling trunks, a bandstand, tennis courts, Roman artefacts, the famous, ancient oak tree (also known as the ‘Queens Oak’, associated with Queen Elizabeth I) and even some wild deer in an enclosure.
Right behind the Observatory is the wonderful garden of the former Astronomer Royal, a peaceful and secluded place which is great for picnics and alsooften used for theater plays (Midsummer Night’s Dream, etc.). On the opposite side ( just south of the Wolfe statue) is the Park Café. There is another, smaller cafe by the north west gate.
It is possible to park in areas along the main roads when entering from Blackheath. Cycle routes cross the park (as do runners, dog-walkers, roller-bladers, etc.), but other road traffic (motor-cycles or cars) can only use the park road linking Blackheath and Greenwich at peak times on weekdays.
During the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Greenwich Park was the place for some of the Olympic events including equestrian and for the riding and running parts of the modern pentathlon.