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  • Greenwich

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    The Home of Time
    Greenwich August 2017

    Greenwich is amazing! It’s home to a World Heritage Site, The O2 arena, London’s prettiest royal park and the Prime Meridian of the World – longitude zero.
    Wander through Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium, or 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, and visit Cutty Sark, the fastest ship of her age.

    Explore Britain’s momentous naval history at the National Maritime Museum and enjoy the views in a riverside pub.

    Speed down the river in a streamlined catamaran or cruise through London’s landmarks to Greenwich, the mighty Thames Barrier and the historic Royal Arsenal in Woolwich.

    There’s too much to see in just one day so stay a while!


    The Royal Observatory
    Everywhere on earth is measured from here

    Charles II established the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park in 1675 to study the stars and improve navigation at sea.

    You can see the clocks John Harrison developed to solve the problem of longitude here and stand astride the dividing point between east and west – the Meridian line.

    There’s lots more to see as well, including a 4.5 billion year old meteorite, the Great Equatorial Telescope and Greenwich Time Ball, which drops every day at 1.00pm.

    The Royal Observatory is open every day and you can see prices and opening times here.

    You can now get married at the Royal Observatory. Say ‘I do’ in this world-famous location with the bride in one hemisphere and the groom in the other!

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    The Planetarium
    Seeing stars

    The Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory is London’s only planetarium.

    Combining real images from spacecraft and telescopes with advanced CGI, the Planetarium can fly you into the heart of the Sun, transport you to distant galaxies, show you the birth of a star or land you on Mars!

    There are different shows every day plus special shows for kids and some have live commentary from real-life Royal Observatory astronomers.

    See what’s on and when, plus prices, here.

    National Maritime Museum
    Anchors away!

    Have you ever tried to steer a boat through the buoys in New York harbour? Have you ever seen a giant ship in a bottle? How about the coat that Lord Nelson was wearing on the day he died?

    You can do all those things, and much more besides, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. It’s one of the largest maritime museums in the world and has nearly two and a half million objects in its collections.

    Try the Ship Simulator and you could find yourself following a helicopter rescue mission to a sinking vessel. And the Ship in a Bottle, originally commissioned for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, is outside the Sammy Ofer Wing looking out into Greenwich Park. Entry is free.

    Click here for opening times.

    Queen's House
    A king's apology

    The Queen’s House was the first classical villa to be built in the UK and very different from the Tudor and Gothic styles which came before.

    It was commissioned by Anne of Denmark, James I’s wife, after he gave her the land as an apology for swearing at her in public (She’d accidentally shot his dog).

    The House, designed by Inigo Jones, reflects the ancient classical style, especially the Great Hall and the beautiful Tulip Staircase.

    The Queen’s House is home to much of the National Maritime Museum’s art collection and entry is free.

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    Cutty Sark
    The world's last surviving tea clipper

    Cutty Sark is the last remaining tea clipper and, in her day, was one of the fastest ships in the world.

    During the 19th century, clipper ships would compete with each other to see who could get the first crop of fresh tea from China to the UK and Cutty Sark was one of the main contenders.

    The ship has been in Greenwich since 1954 and was conserved between 2007 and 2012. She has been raised three meters above the dock which means you can walk underneath her sparkling hull!

    Click here for opening times and admission prices.

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    Old Royal Naval College
    Wren’s riverside masterpiece

    The Old Royal Naval College started life as the Royal Hospital for Seamen and it was built to provide a retirement home for veteran sailors.

    The buildings were laid out by Sir Christopher Wren on the site of the old Tudor Palace where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born.

    The Royal Navy took over the site in 1873 and stayed for the next 124 years. Today, the site is home to the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Visit the baroque Chapel and go see the fabulous Painted Hall.

    The Painted Hall re-opened to the public after major conservation in spring 2019. The incredible ceiling took 18 years to complete and has been brought back to radiant life. It looks magnificent, a glorious sunburst of colour and design, perfectly lit and highlighted.

    It is an epic 18th century masterpiece, rightly known as the UK’s Sistine Chapel.

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    Greenwich Theatre
    One of London's finest off-West End theatres
    Greenwich Theatre

    Greenwich Theatre started life as a music hall way back in the 1870s. It went through various guises over the years and is now one of the most exciting theatre venues in London.

    Today the theatre stages what is definitely in the running for the best Pantomime in London. It’s incredibly popular with residents and a must for visitors. They also specialise in children’s theatre and have recently opened a studio to house their ever expanding roster of visiting companies and artistes.

    The Fan Museum
    Something special for fans of fans

    The Fan Museum has a collection of over 4,000 fans and many of them are out on display in the two Georgian house that make up the museum.

    It’s the only museum of its kind in the country and it’s one of the loveliest and most unusual in the world. The fans date back to the 11th century and cover all sorts of genres and styles.

    There are changing exhibitions themed around events and fashions and a beautiful Orangery where you can have afternoon tea on Tuesdays, Sundays, Fridays and Saturdays.

    Greenwich Park
    A Royal park

    Greenwich Park is as gorgeous today as it was when Henry V’s brother, Duke Humphrey of Gloucester, had the area enclosed in 1433. Henry VIII introduced deer into the park, making the area a cultivated Royal hunting ground.

    Nowadays the deer have their own enclosure and there are roseherb and flower gardens, a bandstand, the longest herbaceous border in London and the most compact Roman remains you’re likely to see.

    There’s also an enormous children’s playground where kids can run around and exhaust themselves. Make sure you climb the hill to the Royal Observatory and have a look at the view back across Docklands, the City and the rest of central London!

    The Laban Building
    Modern architecture and contemporary dance

    Just outside Greenwich town centre is the Laban Building, an extraordinary and exciting building which won the Stirling architecture award in 2006.

    It’s the base for the dance contingent of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – the musicians are based at the Old Royal Naval College. 


    St Alfege church
    1000 years of religious celebration
    St Alfege church

    There’s been a church in the middle of Greenwich, on the same piece of ground, for over a thousand years. St Alfege, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was martyred here after being abducted by Vikings in 1012.

    The current church is only the third to have been built on the site and has been here nearly 300 years. It was designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor and replaced the medieval church which had collapsed.

    Greenwich Market
    A London favourite
    Greenwich Market Durnford Street @EddSimmons - 16-092018 (8)

    Ask a Londoner what their favourite place to visit at the weekend is and they’re bound to mention Greenwich Market.

    Everyone loves the mix of arts and crafts, vintage clothes, hats, cards, antiques and collectables, street food and all sorts of other fantastic stuff.

    The Market is also lined with boutiques and small independent shops and galleries.

    Open seven days a week and bank holidays from 10.00am to 5.30pm.

    Why not make a night of it and stay in Greenwich?

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