Greenwich

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Set on the south bank of the Thames, approximately five miles from central London, this city borough is rich in maritime history and features the Old Royal Naval College, National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, which was built by Sir Christopher Wren for King Charles II.
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Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the very concept of global time was established at Royal Observatory, just one of several buildings of architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park and a number of related buildings (and one world famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
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bulldog19
Port Talbot, UK394 contributions
Must see location
Jun 2021 • Family
Fantastic a must see, there is so much to see here, the queens house, the maritime museum, the royal observatory, the park, cutty sark and a nice little shopping/ eating area in the high street and the ice cream shop is to die for
Written 15 July 2021
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Jacqueline S
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A must see
May 2021 • Couples
We visited here as a place of interest and found that it really is a place that needs more prominence in the must see things in London. What a beautiful place. We took a river cruise and got off here for a few hours only. We made a bee-line for the Royal observatory, the man on the boat said a good 20 minutes walk, he was wrong it was a good 40 minute walk and an extremely steep walk at that, if you have limitations seriously consider not doing this. Bless my husband he huffed and puffed and pushed my wheelchair all the way up. When we got there it was a little bit of a let down to be honest, you would think that the Meridian Line would be a huge attraction, The Centre if the Earth they call it, well they need to make more of a thing of it.
Written 1 July 2021
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Mumat22
7 contributions
Stunning
Jun 2021
Not visited here before but we were not disappointed. Stunning scenery, historical buildings, beautiful gardens and park. Great choice of street food. Will definitely return. Heads up that if you use the Uber Boat from Greenwich - they are a bit hit and miss and on a sunny busy weekend you could be waiting for upto an hour!
Written 16 June 2021
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Ruth B
Beckenham4 contributions
History brought to life
Apr 2021 • Friends
Went on the buildings tour today. Our tour guide Nicola was excellent. Really brought history to life in the way in which she told the stories. I really recommend taking the tour
Written 29 May 2021
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Brian T
London, UK3,974 contributions
A fabulous London neighbourhood to visit!
Jan 2021
If you’re a visitor to London and are looking for for a unique neighbourhood to visit (either to get away from the tourist footfall in Central London, or to see something of London which is a bit further afield), put the neighbourhood of Greenwich at the top of your list for an excellent day outing. There is so much to see and do in this neighbourhood, and to explore it fully you should allocate yourself a full day.

First and foremost, it is notable for its rich maritime history. You can’t miss the old tea clipper, the ‘Cutty Sark’, if your are disembarking by the boat from Central London. Its history revolves around the brisk China tea trade in the latter half of the 1800s, until the advent of steam sailing vessels led to its demise. It was beautifully restored after a fire in 2007, and is now the National Maritime Museum’s centrepiece. Not far away is the almost symmetrical Old Naval College with the fabulous Painted Hall on the left (as you face up the hill towards the Royal Observatory) and the beautiful Chapel of St Peter and St Paul on the right. There’s also the National Maritime Museum with its wonderful collection of notable maritime artefacts. It has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea comprising more than two million items, including maritime art (both British and 17th-century Dutch), cartography, navigational instruments, and lots of curious and fascinating objects related to our maritime history which will intrigue many.

Greenwich also has royal connections for you to explore. It became the site of a royal palace built in 1443, the Palace of Placentia. It was extensively rebuilt for Henry VII around 1500. The Old Naval College occupies the site today. Many famous Tudors, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, were born in Greenwich. You cannot miss the graceful white classical building known as the Queen’s House. It was designed by Indigo Jones and completed around 1636 by Charles I for his his wife Henrietta Maria. It was last used by royalty in 1805, and had a checkered history as an asylum and orphanage until 1934 when it became a part of the National Maritime Museum. Today it houses an extraordinary art collection including works by Great Masters such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner and Hogarth.

Those with an interest in time and astronomy will love the Royal Observatory; you can’t miss its turrets perched high on the hill in the middle of Greenwich Park. It’s home to Greenwich Mean Time, the London Planetarium, and, most notably, the Prime Meridian, (0° longitude). The Prime Meridian line certainly draws in the crowds; most people love a selfie with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and the other foot in the western hemisphere.

But these beautiful and historic sites are not all that Greenwich has to offer. There’s the wonderful Greenwich Market, stocked full of curios, vintage clothing, bric-a-brac and unique hand-crafted items. There’s the beautiful wide open space of Greenwich Park; its a mix of 17th century landscaping, formal gardens, avenues of huge shade trees, and a history that dates back to Roman times. Climb the slope towards the Royal Observatory and you’ll have spectacular views across the Old Navel College and the River Thames, and to the high-rises of Canary Wharf beyond. And as Greenwich is on the banks the River Thames, you’ll get some great views up and down the River. You can even walk under the river to the other side, via the Greenwich foot tunnel. Its entrance is the circular domed building just by the ‘Cutty Sark’.

The neighbourhood abounds in pubs and restaurants. I’ve had reasonable pub meals at The Trafalgar Tavern, and the Coach and Horses within the Greenwich Market, and also eaten at one of the restaurants right on the bank of the river; it’s dining with a view.

However, don’t just stay in this immediate neighbourhood. Walk (or bus) across to the O2 Arena in North Greenwich. You can do a 90 minute climb over the roof if there’s a bit of a daredevil in you. You can take London’s only cable car, the Emirates Air-Line, across the river. You can also walk the southern part of the ‘The Line’, London’s fabulous outdoor art and sculpture trail; you’ll see Antony Gormley’s ‘bush-like’ creation, Damian Hirst’s ‘Mermaid’, and Thomas and Craighead’s curious sign ‘Here 24, 859’.

I have been to Greenwich many times. And whilst many venues are closed due to London’s current lockdown measures, there is still much to be seen if you are out on an exercise walk: the ‘Cutty Sark’ by Greenwich Pier, the huge Greenwich Park, the banks of the Thames, and the exteriors of many historic beautiful buildings. You don’t even have to go into the Royal Observatory to see the Meridian Line. Take the steep path up towards the entrance to the Royal Observatory; just by the entrance, turn right and you’ll see a gate; go through the gate and you’ll see the Meridian Line on the wall. Or you can go to the ‘Here 24,895’ sign on ‘The Line ‘ art trail near the O2 Arena; that sign is right on the Meridian Line (and is far more fun for a selfie than the actual line itself within the grounds of the Royal Observatory).

Greenwich is just 20 minutes from Central London in Zone 2 of London’s travel network. It’s easy to get there using the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), river boat, or train.  The Jubilee line of the underground network also runs to North Greenwich, for The O2, and is a short bus ride from Greenwich town centre. The Docklands Light Railway goes to ‘Cutty Sark’. You can also travel by train from London Bridge and Cannon Street. But in keeping with Greenwich’s maritime past, perhaps the loveliest way to travel there is to take one of the riverboat services which sail from Westminster, Embankment, London Bridge City, Canary Wharf and Tower Piers to Greenwich.  All of these piers (excluding London Bridge City) are wheelchair accessible.

Enjoy your visit; it is one of my favourite London neighbourhoods!
Written 12 January 2021
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Amy C
London, UK348 contributions
Lovely park
Dec 2019 • Friends
Lovely park in South London near the ships and shops and cafes and the maritime museum and the market
Written 29 November 2020
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Peter W
Oxford, UK2,833 contributions
Slightly untouched south of the river
Oct 2020 • Couples
Has maintained a lot of character and a great place to walk around. Great park, university grounds and lots of bars/restaurants. Many quirky streets and shops. Vibrant feel and easy to access
Written 9 October 2020
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antt2
Asia349 contributions
Nice place to relax and soak in the atmosphere
Jun 2019
The garden was really lovely with beautifully curated flower beds and there were lots of squirrels roaming around the grounds.
Took a few pictures at the GMT line, walked up a hill within the garden that overlooked a church and we walked all the way down to the Cutty Sark.
Must-visit place when in London.
Written 12 April 2020
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NicoleTO
Toronto52 contributions
Enjoyable visit
Mar 2020
We enjoyed our visit. Easy underground ride from the West end to the O2 and then took a bus to the attractions. Great to do the walk under the Thames, and visit some of the museum and attractions.
Written 20 March 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia7,935 contributions
My day in Greenwich
Mar 2020 • Friends
We cruised up to Greenwich and arrived about 11. We jumped aboard the Cutty Sark first followed by walking through the park to the Royal Observatory to see the ball drop and we made it before 1pm. Later we went to the Queen's House with its amazing ceiling followed by a visit to the National Maritime Museum and making it back on the boat at 3:30. We missed out on seeing the Painted Hall but there is always next time.
Written 16 March 2020
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