Ranger's House
Ranger's House
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Neighborhood: Greenwich
Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the very concept of global time was established at Royal Observatory, just one of several buildings of architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park and a number of related buildings (and one world famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
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Steve
London, UK21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I was really excited about seeing Rangers House. Booked online for 12th June. Then saw Google said it was closed today. I telephone English Heritage and they said its definetly open you shouldnt pay much attention to google. I travelled an hour and a half and the lady at door said it was closed due to fire alarm problem - which is fine and understandable. However I got and still have no notification it was being closed. The staff member said I should email to complain. I would have done except there was no email. Entire day wasted. If they have to close at short notice they should notify ticket holders.
Written June 12, 2021
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Dear Stephen, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Rangers House. On the day you tried to visit, the fire alarm developed a fault at the last minute, just before we were set to open and sounded for the whole morning. We cannot allow access to visitors without a fully functioning alarm for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, the Google opening times that are displayed are indeed, very unreliable and cannot be corrected by the relevant organisations. Please visit the English Heritage website to check the very latest information before visiting any of our properties.
Written September 22, 2021
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Jacandhow
Watford, UK2,191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We were on our way to Bromley for the August Bank Holiday weekend, stopped off here for a visit as we are English Heritage members.

Parking is a little difficult only a few bays in the front, our friends parked in what they thought was a parking bay, and lucky for them a council van stopped and told them to move as even with a blue badge they would of got a ticket,

You are not allowed to take any photos, given a small introduction, with of facts and figures, then you wander around the rooms at your own pace, there are cards and books in each room to explain, what all the lovely things are that you are seeing.

Small shop and toilet available, worth a look if you are in the area, one to two hours well spent
Written September 19, 2021
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Thank you for this review of your visit to Ranger's House. The parking outside is operated by Greenwich Council with around twenty bays which are free except Monday to Friday, 9am to 10am. If there are no places left, there is a small charge to park in Greenwich Park which is just a few minutes walk away.
Written September 20, 2021
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Der E
London, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Friendly welcome, plenty of sanitiser, control on numbers, so it felt very safe and comfortable. Time and space to study any of the beautiful items that catch your eye. We sat in the rose garden behind the house for our picnic. A beautiful & stress free outing. (as opposed to the very stressful & unsafe visit to the V&A Kimono exhibition!). We walked into Blackheath where the shops are also well organised and customers keep to the rules, wait outside until there is space and wear masks. All in all a very successful day out.
Written September 19, 2020
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Thank you so much for such a great review and we are so pleased to hear that the measures we put in place made you feel safe.
Written September 20, 2021
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Emily
London, UK407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Interesting collection, a wide range of objects.
Building was decorated well in keeping with the collection.
Staff were friendly & helpful.
Worth a look. Shouldn't need much more than an hour.
Pleasant location next to the park also.
Written April 2, 2022
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Thank you Emily for taking the time to review your visit to Rangers House, it is much appreciated.
Written November 9, 2022
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Love and laughter 😍
London, UK645 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Living locally I had meant to visit sooner but to kill some time today and take shade from the sun, I went this afternoon. It didn’t disappoint, such beautiful displays and really helpful staff. I loved the tiny gift shop too so could pick up some little treats ❤️ beautiful grounds/rose garden too. Perfectly spent afternoon! Highly recommend!
Written June 14, 2023
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Brian T
London, UK8,053 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
This beautiful Georgian mansion, Ranger’s House, is located at the southern end of Greenwich Park in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It was built in 1723 as a lodging for the then keepers (or rangers) of Greenwich Park. The rangers were royal appointments that were essentially title only, and given this lavish grace-and-favour lodging for their tireless efforts. The last ‘ranger’ lived there in 1896.

Today the house contains the Wernher Collection, a stunning and lavish collection of works of art (including a painting attributed to Botticelli), divine French and German porcelain, ornate Renaissance jewellery encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones, and antiquities from Ancient Greece, all amassed by the 19th-century German businessman, Sir Julius Wernher. He apparently made his cash in the gold and diamond mines in South Africa.

The house is certainly worth a visit. It is under the management of English Heritage. Adult tickets cost £10.00 and a concession for seniors is £9.00. Unfortunately you cannot take photographs in the house.

There’s quite a few rooms you can see, all upstairs. Arranged within the panelled interiors of this graceful mansion is a glittering spectacle: a sumptuous arrangement of silver and jewels, paintings and porcelain. Nearly 700 works of art are on display, including early religious paintings and pieces from the Dutch Old Masters, tiny carved Gothic ivories, fine Renaissance bronzes and silver treasures revealing the genius of medieval craftsmen and the unparalleled quality of Renaissance decorative arts. I particularly loved the collections of Sevres and Meissen porcelain. There’s plenty of information folders in each room to explain the contents.

The grandest room in the house is the long elongated drawing room. It’s lined with tapestries and contains a life size marble sculpture by Bergonzoli of an angel kissing a semi-nude woman entitled "The Love of Angels".

The house is not open on Monday and Tuesday. I didn’t book online; I just showed up at the opening time. If you enter the gate to the right side of the house, you’ll be in the Rose Garden of Greenwich Park; from this Rose Garden you’ll get a lovely view of the back of the house.

The house is located towards the southern end of Greenwich Park. If walking from the attractions of Royal Greenwich, walk up Crooms Hill and then take Chesterfield Walk. You’ll come to the front entrance f the house. There is parking in front of the house. Alternatively you can walk up the hill past the Royal Observatory until you get to a sign for the Rose Garden. Head to the Rose Garden and the rear of the house will be in front of you. The gate to the front entrance to the house is to your left.

It’s an interesting house to visit and I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did.
Written September 25, 2022
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What an absolutely marvelous review of your visit to Rangers' House, we're glad you enjoyed it. The house was actually meant to be a retirement home for Vice Admiral Hosier originally but he died of yellow fever in the West Indies and it wasn't the home of the Ranger of Greenwich Park until the early 19th century. The collection is actually on loan and this is the reason that photography is not permitted.
Written November 9, 2022
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Holly Fryett
Bexleyheath, UK249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Absolutely stunning! I am a huge Bridgerton fan so it was so cool to see! Beautiful building! Highly recommend visiting. It was shut due to a bank holiday but hoping to visit inside next time :)
Written May 1, 2022
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Dear Holly, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Rangers House. The property is open Wednesday to Sunday from April to October then is closed all winter for a deep clean.
Written November 9, 2022
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Jacqueline G
Brierley Hill, UK39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Although the house is dating from 1700, it is a very plain example of this period. as the reason for going there has to be to see THE WERNHER COLLECTION.. A really fascinating insight into a collector's mind. Beautiful artefacts of all kinds, and some fine paintings too (Gainsborough, Reynolds amongst them) Priceless items, hence the need to be escorted at all times, and to be locked in after assembling. Just open at 11 am and 2 pm- for about one and a half hour's tour. The friendly and informative guides will answer your questions with enthusiasm and patience. Situated within Greenwich Park, looking towards Woolwich Common. There is a car park, but we walked up the steep hill from Greenwich, though the Rose Garden. It is sign posted, but hidden if not on the path along the side of the park. Not suitable for young children.
Written August 30, 2015
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ducky1976
Poole, UK110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014
Have to say the Ranger House was not at all what I expected. There is really nothing to the house - its very plain, basic and unspectacular. It is basically all about the Werner collection. The amazing collection of items brought by the second richest man in the world just show what amazing things can be sourced if money is no object! The jewellery room is particular mind blowing - everything needs to be viewed using a looking glass as its so tiny and exquisite. You can only enter by limited guided tour - but I do understand why as there is very little room. I didn't find the tour rushed as I did find there was rather too much to look at and I think the guide points out the highlights. However if you are really interested in the items you might feel marched through. Wouldnt say its one for children but adults with an interest in history should enjoy
Written July 3, 2014
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Don-in-BC
Sidney, Canada82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
The Ranger's house is one of Greenwich's lesser known treasures, but one not to be missed, especially if your interests are more on the artistic treasures and less on the astronomy and naval artifacts. The house is an easy 10 minute stroll through the park from the top of the Observatory hill. However, make sure you have a good map as the relatively direct path is not well signed! The museum has one of those remarkable collections that concentrates more on quality than quantity. They have a wide variety of pieces, paintings, tapestries, jewelry, wood carvings to name but a few. However, they don't have a huge collection of anything, just a few very special pieces of each type so that it is easy to really enjoy each individual masterpiece.
Written June 23, 2019
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Thank you for your fantastic review. The Wernher Collection at Rangers House consists of over 700 medieval and Renaissance works of art of the highest quality collected by one of the richest men in thee world at the turn of the 20th century.
Written June 28, 2019
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