Walk through Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium, explore Britain’s momentous naval history at the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College and visit Cutty Sark, the fastest ship of her age. Fly 90m high on the Emirates Air Line cable car into a world class show at The O2 arena. Browse designer-maker arts and crafts in Greenwich Market, Speed down the river in a streamlined catamaran or cruise through London’s landmarks to Greenwich, the mighty Thames Barrier, Eltham Palace and Gardens and the historic Royal Arsenal in Woolwich.
Visit the Royal Observatory Greenwich, designed by Christopher Wren, the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s home to Greenwich Mean Time, the Prime Meridian of the World and London’s only planetarium. Stand on the Meridian Line with a foot in the west and a foot in the east.
Greenwich has a noble royal history stretching back centuries. Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born here, in the Tudor palace of Placentia, which stood on the banks of the river Thames where the Old Royal Naval College is today. It was here that Henry VIII held jousting tournaments for his knights and where Ann Boleyn began her fateful journey to the Tower of London and her tragic death! The Queen’s House, at the heart of the World Heritage Site, was once a royal palace and is now home to the iconic Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I.
Time for a break
There’s far too much to see in Greenwich to only stay for one day. Make it a mini-break to really experience everything Greenwich has to offer. It’s also a great place to base yourself for a London holiday with comfortable and affordable accommodation eight minutes from London Bridge, with excellent transport links within the capital and to the rest of the country.