Maryon Wilson Animal Park is set in the beautiful Maryon Wilson Park, donated to the public by the Maryon-Wilson family in 1924. Maryon Wilson Park was originally part of an old woodland known as Hanging Wood.
The name is possibly based on a story about highwaymen who – after they’d robbed travellers in areas like Blackheath and Shooters Hill – retreated to the wild, overgrown woods. If they were caught they were supposedly hanged on the spot. Today, the park is a beautiful green open space which surrounds the areas best kept secret – Maryon Wilson Animal Park. The Animal Park is home to more than 15 types of animal, including a herd of Fallow deer.
The deer that live here today are descendants of the original herd donated to the park by Spencer Maryon-Wilson in the 1920s. There are free tours of the Animal Park every Wednesday at 1:30pm where you can go into the pens and meet, meed and stroke the animals. Tours are limited to the first 50 people, so make sure you arrive early to avoid disappointment!