Top things to do in Greenwich

Discover these top highlights on a trip to historic Greenwich.
The Old Royal Naval College buildings in Greenwich sit behind shining water.
Discover beautiful buildings filled with culture. Image courtesy of Visit Greenwich.

Famed for giving its name to Greenwich Mean Time, Greenwich is where hemispheres meet and is home to a World Heritage Site, The O2 entertainment venue, London’s only cable car and London’s oldest Royal Park.

Find Greenwich restaurants, royal heritage, world-class attractions and breathtaking views, all in a beautiful riverside setting. 

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

1. Royal Observatory Greenwich

The Equatorial Telescope at Royal Observatory Greenwich. Image courtesy of Royal Museums Greenwich.
Stand with a foot in each hemisphere and explore how scientists first mapped the seas and the stars at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. This Greenwich observatory is home to the Prime Meridian Line, the UK’s largest refracting telescope, a 4.5 billion-year-old asteroid and the only London planetarium.
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2. Cutty Sark

Visit the magnificent Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich. Image courtesy of Royal Museums Greenwich.
Climb aboard Cutty Sark in Greenwich, the world's last surviving tea clipper, which was built at the end of the golden age of sail. Discover what life was like aboard the 19th-century ship, find out how it brought tea from China and walk beneath the hull that made it one of the fastest ships of its time.
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3. Old Royal Naval College

Enjoy a guided tour of the Painted Hall in Greenwich and find out more about what goes on behind the scenes at this iconic film location. ©London & Partners/Michael Barrow

Explore Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic architecture at the Old Royal Naval College. The stunning buildings and large grounds tell five centuries of remarkable history, featuring an incredible cast of famous figures, from Elizabeth I to Admiral Lord Nelson.

 

Discover more than 3,700 sq m (40,000 sq ft) of magnificent painted walls and ceiling during a visit to "Britain’s Sistine Chapel", Sir James Thornhill’s Painted Hall. Pay a visit to the Painted Hall, an architectural masterpiece like no other in the UK, which has been seen in many hit films, including Pirate of the Caribbean, The Crown, Les Misérables, Bridgerton and many others. Plus, don't miss the glorious Chapel of St Peter and St Paul.

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4. Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass

Greenwich panorama at sunset. Image courtesy of Visit Greenwich.

Visit two impressive London landmarks with the Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass. Step aboard historic Cutty Sark and walk around the ship to find out what life was like on the open waves. The pass also grants admission to the Royal Observatory, where you can visit the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and stand on the historic Prime Meridian line of the world.

5. The O2

Get ready for an adrenalin-fuelled moment with Up at the O2 and enjoy incredible views over Greenwich. ©London & Partners/Michael Barrow
With premium outlet shopping at ICON Outlet, bars and restaurants, a multi-screen cinema, a trampoline park and bowling, The O2 is the ultimate entertainment destination in Greenwich. See a different side of the city by climbing the famous roof at Up at The O2 and experience incredible 360-degree views of London.
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6. IFS Cloud Cable Car

The purple IFS Cloud cable cars fly over the Thames in London. Image courtesy of TfL.
Enjoy 360-degree views of London on the IFS Cloud Cable Car. Soar across the Thames from Greenwich Peninsula to Royal Docks and see St Paul’s Cathedral, historic Greenwich, The Shard, The O2, the Thames Barrier, Royal Docks and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from heights of 90m (295ft). Board this Greenwich cable car after 7pm for longer journey times, music and video.
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7. Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

Float past landmarks with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers. Image courtesy of Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.
Take in the sights while travelling to Greenwich with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ high-speed catamarans. Jump on board in central London for great views of landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge, before disembarking at Greenwich Pier or North Greenwich. Services run every 20 minutes throughout the day; touch in and out with your Oyster card.
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8. National Maritime Museum Free

Explore Greenwich's maritime legacy when visiting the National Maritime Museum. ©London & Partners/Michael Barrow
Learn about Britain's encounters with the world at sea and the Royal Navy at the National Maritime Museum. This Greenwich museum also charts the life of great British hero Admiral Horatio Nelson, and you can even see the uniform he wore when he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar.

9. Queen's House Free

Admire the Tulip staircase at the Queen's House, an historic sight in Greenwich. Image courtesy of London & Partners/Michael Barrow
For a regal day out, head to the Queen's House in Greenwich for more than 400 years of stunning art, architecture and royal history. Part of Royal Museums Greenwich, this royal villa was designed by Inigo Jones in 1616 as a "house of delight" for James I's wife, Anne of Denmark.

10. Greenwich Park

Take a wander to Greenwich Park, the oldest London royal park and admire the view over Canary Wharf. ©London & Partners/Michael Barrow
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.

11. English Heritage: The Wernher Collection at Ranger's House

Ranger's House is an elegant Georgian villa on the boundary of Greenwich Park and Blackheath, making it the perfect spot to explore after a leisurely stroll through the surrounding landscape and gardens. Home to The Wernher Collection, discover more than 700 artworks, from medieval sculptures and ornate jewellery to beautiful French tapestries. Don't miss the Madonna of the Pomegranate from renowned renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli.


Please note the Ranger's House is opened to visitors from April to October.

12. Greenwich Market

Enjoy a bit of shopping at Greenwich market before treating yourself to some delicious street food. ©London & Partners/Michael Barrow
Up for a spot of shopping? Find some quirky and unique gifts in Greenwich Market. 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 keep an eye out for seasonal events.

13. English Heritage: Eltham Palace and Gardens

Walk in the grounds at Eltham Palace and Gardens. Image courtesy of Visit Greenwich.
Be transported to the 1930s at art deco gem Eltham Palace and Gardens. Tour the mansion’s lavish rooms, which are full of quirky touches from former owners Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. Be amazed by the circular entrance hall, explore the walk-in wardrobe and marvel at the golden bathroom. There are also 19 acres (8 hectares) of grounds surrounding this former medieval palace, which Henry VIII used to visit.

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

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