Brenchley Gardens Park

Brenchley Gardens Park, London: Hours, Address, Brenchley Gardens Park Reviews: 4/5

Brenchley Gardens Park
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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5 reviews
Very good

Brian T
London, UK4,542 contributions
There are much better gardens in London!
Mar 2021
This is a small, narrow, sloping stretch of garden. In the spring and summer, when its scattering of flower beds are in bloom, it’s pretty, but is it a significant and outstanding suburban London garden that warrants a visit in its own right? No. If you are visiting London and are looking for a lovely garden in which to while away a few hours, there are far better choices closer to Central London than this.

There really is not much ‘garden’ to see here at all. There’s no interesting monuments, statues and memorials, apart from a plaque dedicated to William Brenchley, Chair of the Borough of Camberwell Public Services Committee, after whom the gardens are named. The gardens were opened in 1928. There’s no extraordinary garden features or planting arrangements which make it visually stunning and a ‘must see’ place to visit. There’s a recently restored ‘sunken garden’ which contains a rose garden with a curious palm tree in the middle, but in my opinion that feature lacks anything of note, - no significant plantings, nor outstanding landscaping features in general. There’s a few other garden beds along the garden but being winter they were fairly lifeless. One would think that in such a garden some bulb plants such as daffodils and crocuses would add some colour in the winter, but there are no such displays here.

The garden does have a couple of broader points of curiosity. Those with an interest in railway history may find the former track bed of the Crystal Palace High Level Railway, which cuts through the garden, of interest. The track was incorporated into the garden after the railway’s closure in 1954, to provided a glade alongside the original area of the park. The railway operated between Nunhead Junction to Crystal Palace from 1865 to 1954. You can walk along the former track (some of it was very muddy); you’ll see a part of the granite embankment, some of which has been restored.

Another historical feature you’ll notice is what looks like a huge green space with a curious domed red brick building in the middle. The grassy space is a golf course, but it’s also the roof of the Beechcroft Reservoir, a cavernous brick-built water reservoir built between 1901 and 1909, and at one time the largest brick built reservoir in the world. It’s still in use, apparently. You can’t get onto it from the garden.

As you overlook the reservoir you’ll see some decent views of the London skyline, with many familiar landmarks visible. I suspect the views are better in the winter, when the trees are without leaves. Personally, I think the view of London is better from the nearby ‘One Tree Hill’ historical spot and lookout, where the view is not obstructed by trees. It’s also a far more interesting spot to visit than these gardens.

The gardens are located in Honor Oak in South London. It’s about a 15 minute walk from Honor Oak rail station, or a short journey on the 63 bus. The gardens have a slope to them, and some of the paths are not surfaced (and very muddy after rain), so those with mobility issues may not find it particularly easy to navigate. Avid walkers might also be interested to note that Section 11 of the Green Chain Walk passes by the garden. Stretching from the River Thames to Nunhead Cemetery, the Green Chain Walk spans the fields, parks and woodlands across 50 miles of the area.
Written March 15, 2021
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London, UK376 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
This little park, is a strip of land just squished in between the old and new camberwell cemetery’s.

I visited it just before entering in One Tree Hill, there is not much there but it caters for all,

So in summary, it’s a go between the main road and One Tree Hill,

So like I did pop in don’t do any harm.

Written December 10, 2020
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London, UK3,925 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
A great park in South east London. Not noisy or rowdy just somewhere to sit and contemplate. An oasis in a noisy world.
Written July 1, 2017
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Linda H
Purley, UK641 contributions
May 2015 • Family
Brenchley gardens is a pleasant place to visit, just to sit and gather your thoughts is nice to have. Have taken a picnic in the past and sat by the rose garden
Written July 11, 2015
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