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Sundial & Rose Garden

Set within the original walled garden of the castle, the imposing central sundial is a striking feature of this garden.

This and the six other sundials found in the garden are a reminder that the castle was home to The Royal Greenwich Observatory from 1946-89.

The bust of Sir John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal and founder of The Royal Greenwich Observatory, stands in front of the large, central sundial.

Largely planted with David Austin modern “English” roses, within the beds can be found varieties of hybrid tea and floribunda shrub roses. Growing in frames and against three of the walls are climbing roses.

The large, sprawling plant growing against the east wall is a Trumpet Vine, a stunning sight around August with masses of bright red trumpet shaped flowers. On this side of the garden there is a Black Mulberry tree believed to be about 150 years old. A younger White Mulberry tree grows on the opposite side of the garden together with a Medlar tree.

  • 7 Sundials
  • Partially Accessible via Wheelchair
  • Dogs Welcome on Leads

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