Greenwich is a World Heritage Site and home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Meridian Line. Famous landmarks include the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, and Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College. Enjoy a walk along the River Thames or in Greenwich Park before eating in one of Greenwich’s restaurants. Greenwich shopping is excellent, with plenty of quirky, independent shops and street markets. Greenwich is easy to reach by Docklands Light Railway, tube, rail, bus or riverboat.
Places of interest
National Maritime Museum
Britain’s seafaring heritage is dramatically recreated here in display rooms filled with oceangoing treasures at one of the world’s leading maritime museums. The stories of naval battles, of famous mariners, adventurers and explorers and the life and heroic death of Admiral Lord Nelson are vividly brought to life in outstanding galleries and interactive displays.
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Founded as a scientific institution for navigational research by Charles II in 1675, the Observatory is the home of the world’s Prime Meridian – longitude 0° – and of Greenwich Mean Time. The clocks developed by John Harrison to determine longitude at sea are among the Observatory’s most treasured possessions. Next door is the Peter Harrison Planetarium, a state-of-the-art facility housed in a contemporary new building.
Old Royal Naval College
Built on the site of the Tudor palace where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born, this is one of the country’s finest examples of Baroque landscape. It was designed by some of the greatest architects of the day including Wren, Hawksmoor and Vanbrugh. The beautiful Chapel and the magnificent Painted Hall, where Nelson’s body lay in state after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar, are open daily.
The fastest sailing ship of her day, the Cutty Sark was launched in Scotland in 1869 and sailed initially on the tea route to China. Later she brought back wool from Australia. She has been in dry dock in Greenwich since 1954 and has recently undergone a complete conservation process. The ship was re-opened to the public by the Queen on 25 April 2012.