The Tarn - Wildfowl Sanctuary, Eltham

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The Tarn is one of Royal Greenwich's Green Flag award winning sites.

The Tarn is a beautiful wildfowl and bird sanctuary set within a charming landscaped garden, a well kept secret hidden away just off Court Road in Eltham. Many of it's original features have been retained from the 1930s, as it was originally on the grounds of Eltham Palace. There's a picnic area to sit and watch the wildlife. 

This unique site was purchased in 1934 when it was turned into a public park, it features a distictive green coloured lake, caused by the algae that grows on it, which makes it so popular with the many species of birds it hosts. The site was purchased in 1934 and turned into a public park and features a picnic area and very unusually an 18th century ice well! Formerly used as a storage area for ice, by the kitchen staff at Eltham Palace in it's heyday as a private residence under the Courtaulds. 

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  • Free Entry


  • Children welcome

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Bus nos. 126, 161, 124

Public Transport Directions

By Train -
Mottingham station

The Tarn


Court Road, Eltham, London, SE9 5AQ
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Tel+44 (0)20 8856 0100

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 18:00

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