The park has two parts. On its northern side lies the flat part of the park, which slopes down to the Thames River, which runs north of the park. In the center of the park stands the hill on which the Greenwich Observatory, built by King Charles II in 1675 stands. It was the site of a watchtower of Humphrey's Manor House, the Duke of Gloucester, who owned the area at that time. At the southern part of the park there is a slightly raised expanse, which includes many hills.
The hill in the park is one of the most beautiful parts of Greenwich Park. It is possible to observe not only the grounds but also the buildings of the city of London. There is beautiful nature including spectacular flowers, water pools, many squirrels and small animals, and children engaged in sports and ball games.
The park also has archeological Roman ruins, as well as a sculpture by Henry Moore called "Standing Figure Knife Edge" and "The Queen's Oak Tree" - an oak that has survived since the days of Queen Elizabeth I.
Until the 15th century, the area in which today's park stands belonged to St. Peter at Ghent. It became the hunting ground of the king and the English royal family in the 15th century, where the royal nobles were hosted for hunting with the king. During the 17th century, the structure of the park was changed by the aid of landscape architect Andre Le Notre. During the 18th century the park was modernized and public access was allowed.