Top 10 things to do in Greenwich

Head for historic Greenwich, an unmissable part of your London adventure.

Famed for giving its name to Greenwich Mean Time, Greenwich is where hemispheres meet and is home to a World Heritage Site, The O2, London’s only cable car and London’s oldest Royal Park. Greenwich is packed with fantastic restaurants, royal heritage, world class attractions and breathtaking views, all in a beautiful riverside setting. 

It’s quick and easy to get to Greenwich from central London by tube, train, DLR and bus, or you can honour the area’s maritime history and travel by boat.

1. Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand with a foot in each hemisphere and explore how great scientists first mapped the seas and the stars at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Now a museum, it's home to the Prime Meridian Line, the UK’s largest refracting telescope, a 4.5 billion year-old asteroid and London’s only planetarium.

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2. Cutty Sark

Climb aboard Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper built at the end of the golden age of sail and used to bring tea from China to Britain. Discover what life was like aboard the legendary 19th-century ship and walk beneath the carefully designed hull that made her one of the fastest ships of her time.

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3. National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the world. Learn about Britain's encounters with the world at sea, the Royal Navy, and the life of great British hero Admiral Horatio Nelson, and see the uniform he wore when he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar.

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4. Queen's House

For a regal day out, head to the Queen's House and enjoy more than 400 years of stunning art, architecture and royal history. Built as a "house of delight" for James I's wife, Anne of Denmark, this royal villa was designed by Inigo Jones in 1616 and is Britain's first classical building. 

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5. Greenwich Park

Stop off in London’s oldest Royal Park, Greenwich Park, for breathtaking views over the river Thames and the City of London. The former hunting park is still home to a small herd of deer, as well as the Prime Meridian Line, Royal Observatory, and several cafes.

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6. Greenwich Market

Find some quirky and unique gifts in Greenwich Market, recently refurbished with a new roof, re-laid cobbles and lighting.  Open seven days a week, this hidden gem is great for browsing crafts, design, antiques and collectables. Don’t forget to explore the Pavilion food court with street food from around the world and new seating area.

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7. Old Royal Naval College

Explore the Old Royal Naval College, an architectural masterpiece designed by Sir Christopher Wren. The Painted Hall – a baroque dining hall envisioned by Wren and painted by Sir James Thornhill – is worth the visit alone. Save time for walking the impressive grounds, which have featured in many recent movies.

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8. MBNA Thames Clippers

Take in the sights while travelling to Greenwich with MBNA Thames Clippers’ high speed catamarans. Jump on board in Central London for great views as you travel past landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge, before disembarking at Greenwich or North Greenwich. Services run every 20 minutes throughout the day; touch in and out with your Oyster card.

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9. The O2

Head to The O2 to see some of the biggest names in music and sport perform live, or spend an evening in the many bars, restaurants and entertainment venues under the tent. For those looking for an adventure in Greenwich, Up at The O2 takes you on a 90-minute guided tour across the roof of the famous building for 360-degree views of the surrounding city.

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10. Emirates Air Line Cable Car

Enjoy 360 degree views of London on the Emirates Air Line cable car. Soar across the Thames from Greenwich Peninsula to Royal Docks and see Canary Wharf, St Paul’s Cathedral, historic Greenwich, The Shard, The O2, the Thames Barrier, Royal Docks and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from heights of 90 metres. Try out a Night Flight with extended journey times, music and video or a 360 return for the full experience.

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Plan your visit to Greenwich by visiting the Tourist Information Centre or take a look at our map and two-day guide. If visiting with little-ones, take a look at these fun activities for an exciting family day out