If you are in need of some inspiration for memorable days out, then look no further – read on for ideas on exploring Greenwich, which also include discovering one of London’s best kept secrets. Firstly, we are all about making the most of the day, so leave the car at home and jump onboard a Southeastern train from London, Kent or East Sussex.

A Southeastern train at Greenwich station.

Southeastern’s Off-Peak train tickets offer great value for money and are available at quieter times to travel. Plus, on weekdays there’s no evening peak restrictions, so you don’t need to keep an eye on the clock while you’re out and about exploring the Royal Borough of Greenwich!

First stop -  get off at Mottingham station and take a short walk to Eltham Palace & Gardens – which is one of London’s best kept secrets. Be amazed and discover a medieval hall, once the childhood home of Henry VIII, adjoining a decadent art deco mansion, created by the millionaire Courtauld family, now run by English Heritage. Be wowed by the eclectic mix of old meets new. There is also a massive 19 acres of award-winning gardens to explore as well as London’s oldest working bridge. The kids can burn off some energy in the family play area. There is something for everyone here.

Eltham Palace overlooking the moat.

After a full morning at Eltham Palace & Gardens, catch a train to Greenwich station via London Bridge. Once in Greenwich, head to Greenwich Market for some lunch – you really will be spoilt for choice as there are foods from all over the world. After lunch you can then browse the many independent arts and crafts stalls for some stylish mementoes of your visit.

A couple eating food at Greenwich Market Food Court.

Once you have shopped till you dropped then grab a hot drink and a sweet treat and sit in Greenwich Park, London’s oldest enclosed Royal Park and part of the UNESCO Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, with its international renowned heritage and architecture. Whilst in Greenwich Park make a stop at Ranger’s House, a delightful English Heritage property.  It may well look familiar if you watch Bridgerton, as the exterior of this grand Georgian house is used as the Bridgerton family home. Step inside and discover the outstanding ‘Wernher Collection’; with over 700 pieces of works of art ranging from ornate medieval jewellery, Italian ceramics and bronze sculptures to Renaissance paintings, 18th-century French furniture and British portraits. One of the greatest surviving private art collections ever assembled in Europe.

Ranger's House from the front.

Now it is time to head back to Greenwich Pier and board an Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to North Greenwich pier – enjoy the wind in your hair and bask in all the beauty of the Thames and the surrounding landmarks. Alight at North Greenwich and make your next stop The O2. We all know The O2 for its amazing entertainment venue – but it is also home to so much leisure and retail. Head to ICON Outlet for over 60 superstar brands offering up to 70% off regular prices; plus, trampolining, bowling, cinema, interactive games and more. We don’t want you getting ‘hangry’ so after the shops it is time to eat and whatever you are in the mood for – Mexican, Italian, beer and a burger…whatever it is, there's something for everyone with an entire street full of bars and eateries.

Don’t worry about overindulging at dinner – you can help burn it off by booking in a climb at Up At The O2. You will be able to take in the sunset and stunning views – as well as a great selfie!

A family take a selfie from Up at The O2 on Greenwich Peninsula.

Take a trip on the river to Woolwich Royal Arsenal for the thrill of cruising through the iconic Thames Barrier. A walk through the historic Royal Arsenal site takes you to Woolwich Arsenal station and back home with Southeastern and lots of fun memories and stories to share.

The view of the Thames Barrier from the river.

So, what are you waiting for – round up your family and friends and book your trip to Greenwich with Southeastern!

Top tip - if you are travelling as a group of 3-9 adults, you can save up to 34% on the price of individual tickets. Don’t forget, if you’re travelling with children, an adult can travel with up to 4 kids (aged 5-15) for just £1 each on Off-Peak Southeastern services, all year round with the Kids for a Quid offer. Under 5’s go free.

Find out more and book direct at southeasternrailway.co.uk/greenwich




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