Southwark Park

Southwark Parks

Peckham Rye

Southwark is not only home to a number of museums, art galleries and historic/architectural attractions but it is also home to a long list of parks. In fact, it is one of the greenest parts of London and has over 130 parks and green areas which provide its residents and visitors a number of recreational opportunities as well as an access to a cleaner air literally in the middle of London.

Here are only a few of the most notable Southwark parks:

Belair Park. The Grade II listed landscape which includes a lake, wildlife areas as well as many sport facilities is located in West Dulwich. It used to be the grounds of the Belair House that was built in 1785. The landscape is a public park since the mid-1960s, while the Belair House is home to a restaurant.

Dulwich Park. This 29 hectare park is located in Dulwich and besides green areas includes a number of historic features and facilities such as dog walking area, winter and dry gardens, boating lake, tennis courts, outdoor table tennis and much, much more. Of course, there is also plenty of space for picnics.

Burgess Park. Covering an area of 46 hectares, the Burgess Park is among the largest parks in this part of London. It is currently undergoing a major transformation, however, its green areas, facilities and other features are open to the public. Visitors of the park can recreate themselves in one of many sports facilities or simply enjoy some peace and tranquillity. There are also several listed buildings which tell history of the former residents in the area. The Burgess Park is located between the districts of Peckham, Camberwell and Walworth.

Southwark Park. The park that spans over 25 hectares in Bermondsey was open to the public as early as 1869. It was created by the Metropolitan Board of Works and was among the first public parks created by this local body. After receiving 2.5 million pounds from the Heritage Lottery Funds in the late 1990s, the park went through a large scale refurbishment which amongst other also included improvement of many facilities.

Nunhead Cemetery. This park actually contains a cemetery which is considered as one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London. As a result, Nunhead Cemetery is not just an ordinary park. In addition to being the final resting place to many prominent people, a part of the park also functions as a nature reserve which is an absolute heaven for wildlife. It may not be an appropriate place for a picnic but it is a beautiful place to visit. It is located in the Nunhead area.

Peckham Rye Park and Common. The recently restored Victorian park is one of the oldest parks in London as there are records of its use as a park before the Norman Conquest of England. And despite the fact that it underwent a dramatic transformation over time, it remains one of the most popular retreats for both wildlife and nature lovers. In addition to the standard facilities, it also offers a number of sport facilities and many more opportunities for outdoor activities.