Greenwich

Greenwich is a beautiful and historic South London area. Learn about Britain's naval history, catch a show at the Planetarium and hop over the Greenwich Meridian line

Travel to Greenwich

There are various London transport options that you can use to get to the Greenwich area:

Greenwich - take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Cutty Sark station, or alight at Island Gardens and walk through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. If you’re arriving by overground train, Greenwich station is a five minute walk to the village centre. Or take a relaxing boat ride to Greenwich Pier on the Thames Clipper.

North Greenwich - take the Jubilee line to North Greenwich station, or a Thames Clipper to QEII Pier at The O2.

Emirates Greenwich Peninsula - Take the cable car from Emirates Royal Docks to the Emirates Greenwich Peninsula terminal, located close to The O2 Arena.

Woolwich - take an overland line from London Bridge station to Woolwich Dockyard or Woolwich Arsenal, which is also a DLR station. The free Woolwich ferry crosses regularly from North to South Woolwich. There is also a foot tunnel joining the two.

If you're going to be in London for more than a day, it's worth buying a Visitor Oyster Card in advance. The Visitor Oyster Card is delivered to your home before you arrive in London. It is one of the easiest ways to get around London.

If you do not have a Visitor Oyster Card, but still plan to travel around London for more than a day, buy an Oyster card at the Tube station. Learn more about Oyster Cards.

Attractions in Greenwich

Spend a day in Greenwich soaking up the romantic baroque architecture, strolling through the parks, admiring the impressive views across London, and learning all about science, navigation and history.

When visiting Maritime Greenwich, you will be on one of London's world heritage sites. The Old Royal Naval College sits on the original site of Henry VI's Palace of Placentia. The Painted Hall – perhaps the finest baroque dining hall in the UK – in the Old Royal Naval College was designed by Christopher Wren and painted by James Thornhill.

Discover the Royal Museums Greenwich collection, which is comprised of:

  • the National Maritime Museum, home to an impressive collection of navel art and materials relating to Britain's seafaring history
  • the elegant Queen's House with its superb collection of fine art
  • the Cutty Sark, one of the world’s most famous ships and the last surviving tea clipper
  • the Royal Observatory with views over the river Thames towards London's Canary Wharf
  • the Observatory's Peter Harrison Planetarium, where you can catch a spectacular show

Entertainment in Greenwich

Experience Europe's biggest live music concerts and events at The O2 Arena. It is the world's busiest arena and has hosted famous stars such as Beyoncé, Michael Bublé, and Madonna. It is also home to sporting events such as the tennis ATP World Tour Finals. You'll also find the more intimate IndigO2 music venue, a multi-screen cinema, and a variety of restaurants and bars. Outside, you can climb over the dome with Up at the O2.

See London from another unusual angle onboard the Emirates Air Line cable car. Hop on just outside The O2 at the North Greenwich terminal. Travel across the river Thames to the Royal Docks, or take a "360" return trip, for some of the best views in London.

Watch theatrical performances at the Greenwich Theatre or catch edgy live comedy at Up The Creek.

Look out for special events happening in Greenwich throughout the year such as the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival in June.

Shopping and Eating in Greenwich

The village of Greenwich is a great destination for quirky clothes and stylish furnishings.

London has many markets for shoppers. Check out the covered Greenwich Market, running from Tuesday-Sunday. The market is filled with arts, crafts and food stalls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You will find bric-a-brac, antiques and vintage clothing on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

For great food with a view in Greenwich, head to the Gipsy Moth next to the Cutty Sark, or the beautiful Trafalgar Tavern on the banks of the Thames. For a special occasion, try the Rivington Grill or the North Pole Piano Restaurant.

Where to Stay in Greenwich

Book a room at the modern, four-star Novotel London Greenwich, which is conveniently located right next to the train station and near to all of Greenwich's top attractions. It makes a very comfortable base for exploring the area.

For any business needs, look no further than Devonport House, an early 19th century building. It is ideal for conferences, meetings, private dinners and pleasant weekend leisure breaks.

Woolwich: A Royal Façade and Firepower

Woolwich, a neighbouring suburb to Greenwich, is worth exploring as well. It has been a garrison town for centuries. King Henry VIII established the Royal Dockyard in 1512. They were renamed the Royal Arsenal in 1805 after becoming a centre for weapons manufacturing. In 2012, Woolwich's Royal Artillery Barracks hosted the London 2012 Games shooting and Paralympic archery events. 

You can learn more about the history and industrial heritage of this area at the Greenwich Heritage Centre.

Military enthusiasts will love Firepower - The Royal Artillery Museum and its impressive collection of tanks, cannon and armoury. It tells the story of arms from before the creation of gunpowder to the modern day. The Field of Fire multimedia show is a great experience for kids, with a shaking floor, dry ice and loud explosions to bring the history of weaponry alive. In the Camo Zone you can test your skills on the Firing Range, and show your strength on the Bungee Run.

More Greenwich Features

For a family friendly itinerary, read about our Family Day Out in Greenwich

Those who are less mobile will enjoy our Accessible Day Out in Greenwich

For more about visiting Greenwich, see www.visitgreenwich.org.uk

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