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The Tarn 8114

Brief Description

The Tarn was acquired by the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich in 1935 and laid out with paths and shelters around the existing lake. Near the entrance is a mid-18th century brick ice-well built to supply Eltham Lodge with ice.


The Tarn takes its name from the lake that dominates the small park, a remnant of the late-17th century grounds of Eltham Lodge that was once within the Great Park of Eltham Palace, a royal palace dating from the C14th. Eltham Lodge was built in 1664 when Sir John Shaw leased the estate.

Visitor Facilities

The park is open from 9am - dusk.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The park is open from 9am - dusk.


Rail: Mottingham. Bus: 126, 161, 124