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Ranger's House and the Wernher Collection

  • Chesterfield Walk Map It
  • Greenwich
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

This handsome, early-18th-century villa, which was the Greenwich Park ranger's official residence during the 19th century, is hung with Stuart and Jacobean portraits. But the most interesting diversion is the Wernher Collection, more than 700 works of art that were amassed by the diamond millionaire Julius Wernher (1850–1912) and were once housed in his fabulous stately house, Lutton Hoo. The collection ranges from Old and Dutch Master paintings to Renaissance jewelry and assorted pieces of decorative art and curios from the medieval period onward. Wernher's American wife, Birdie, was a strong influence and personality during the Belle Époque, which is easy to imagine from her striking portrait by Sargent. The Ranger's House is just under a mile's walk from the DLR station at Greenwich, or you can catch a bus there from Greenwich or Deptford DLR.

Sight Information

Address:

Blackheath, Chesterfield Walk, Greenwich Park, London, SE10 8QX, England

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Phone:

020-8853–0035

Sight Details:

  • £6.90
  • Apr.–Sept., Mon.–Wed. guided tours only, 11:30 and 2:30; Sun. 11–5; call ahead to confirm

Published 08/18/2015

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