Charlton

Charlton
Jacobean architecture in one of London's oldest villages
Charlton House

Cross Blackheath from the top end of Greenwich Park and you’ll soon find yourself in Charlton, one of the oldest settlements in London. An Iron Age hill fort was excavated in Maryon Park, Charlton in the 1920s and it seems very likely that there were stone age inhabitants in the same area.

Maryon Wilson Animal Park is now situated in the same area, which is a pretty wooded park, and probably looks quite similar to how it did in the Iron Age, except Iron Age settlers probably didn’t have guinea pigs and a petting area.

There’s lots of lovely parkland in Charlton stretching from the Thames Barrier up to Charlton village which is dominated by the Jacobean grandeur of Charlton House. Back down towards the river,  at the bottom of the hill is The Valley, home to Charlton Athletic, and a popuar and noisy Saturday afternoon venue for locals.

Charlton House
The best preserved Jacobean mansion in London
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Built during the reign of James I, Charlton House is the finest and best preserved Jacobean Mansion in London. It was completed in 1612  and was the Manor House for the village

The structure of an old manorial set-up still exists, with a church and grounds, although the grounds are now Charlton Park. It is home to the Mulberry Tea Rooms, a book librarytoy library and Japanese language school.

There’s an exciting year-round programme of activities including classical music concerts, tours, talks, children’s workshops and themed evenings and it’s an excellent venue for weddings, meetings and all sorts of other get-togethers. Get in touch for more details!

Maryon Wilson Animal Park
Perfect for a family day out
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Maryon Wilson Animal Park, is a happy home to domestic animals including a gang of sheep and goats, a busy duckpond, small petting animals housed indoors, a very handsome pig (called Mash) and three hard-working ponies who give rides to people with disabilities.

You can also see a beautiful herd of deer. Maryon Wilson Animal Park is one of the few spots in London where you can see fallow deer up close.

Tours of the park are held every Wednesday at 1:30pm from the deer pen. During school holidays, there are also tours on Mondays and Fridays except on Bank Holidays. Click here for more information.

Charlton Athletic
Top class football in a family friendly atmosphere
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Charlton Athletic Football Club is based at The Valley ground near the Thames Barrier. The Addicks are a family-friendly club with a long history. The club was founded in 1905 by a group of teenagers who used to play football on  nearby Eastmoor Street. If you’re a fan, or even if you’re not, you can see top flight football for some of the most reasonable prices around. Take a look!

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