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It’s About Time to Reconnect with 48 Hours in Greenwich

People visiting Eltham Palace and Gardens in Greenwich

A weekend away in Greenwich. Your days and nights will be so jam packed full of exciting new discoveries and experiences that you’ll want to go back in time and do it all over again! There’s no better place to reconnect with friends, family and all your favourite people than in the home of time itself.  

Your 48 hours in Greenwich may look a little like this… but whatever you do - make sure to share your time with us on social media using the #ItsGreenwichTime hashtag! 


Day 1 

Morning  

To start your Greenwich adventure, why not reconnect with the river by stepping onboard City Cruises. You’ll spend the morning on the water, seeing all of the must-see sights from a different perspective and away from the hustle and bustle. There are lots of great photo opportunities and time to soak it all in, as well as learning some fun facts from the live commentary whilst you’re at it.  

From the river to London’s best kept secret – Eltham Palace & Gardens, where you can reconnect with the local history and culture. From Greenwich, you can hop on a bus to Eltham, discovering more of the beautiful Royal Borough on your way. 

Allow yourself lots of time once you arrive as there is so much to see and explore. Eltham Palace & Gardens was once a Medieval Palace, then a favoured Tudor Royal residence, before being transformed in the 1930s by eccentric millionaires, Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. This eclectic mix of ‘old meets new’ is unbeatable and continues outside into the 19 acres of award-winning gardens. Ready for a coffee fix and some lunch? Take a break in the Glasshouse Café or if it’s sunny, take it outside and relax in the rock gardens or beside the picturesque medieval moat. 

Afternoon

Following the theme of ‘old and new’, from a medieval palace to The O2 – another iconic building in its own right. You can spend the afternoon browsing the shops before stopping for break at one of the many great bars and restaurants – you're really spoilt for choice here. If you’re up for something a little different, you can always do a climb at ‘Up at The O2’ and see panoramic views over Greenwich, Canary Wharf and beyond from the roof of this world-famous tent. 

Evening

Enjoy the Greenwich sunset on board Uber Boat by Thames Clippers. Grab a beverage from the onboard café-bar and take in the epic views during golden hour- it makes for a special way to end the day.  


Day 2

Morning

Wake up feeling refreshed and ready for another day of fun filled activities in the Royal borough of Greenwich. Take an early morning stroll along the river and head to Greenwich Market – this famous covered market is the perfect place to find some unique pieces in the many independent arts and craft stalls. It will be hard to resist a souvenir. Once you’ve browsed the stalls, grab a bite to eat in the food court. You’re spoilt for choice, so might need to allow some time to decide. Walk off your delicious brunch through the leafy Greenwich Park before turning back toward the Old Royal Naval College – not only a stunning building to be admired from the outside but also home to the incredible Painted Hall. Prepare for ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhs’ while gazing up at this Baroque masterpiece. It’s known as Britain’s Sistine Chapel and took James Thornhill 19 years to complete. 

Afternoon

After some lunch take some time to stroll through the historic Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. The unique architecture designed landscape and association with the British monarchy over the centuries are just some of the features which make Maritime Greenwich a unique and significant place. You will lose yourself as you step into the rich history and culture. Whilst enjoying your time in the town centre, make sure you complete your voyage of discovery at Royal Museums Greenwich. Visit the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House - all at the heart of Greenwich's UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Evening

Take a final stroll along the river and soak up the last of the sights. Be sure to reconnect with Greenwich and plan another trip back to this glorious part of London soon. 

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  1. City Cruises

    Greenwich

    City Cruises depart every 30 minutes, every day of the week, all year round from four fantastic piers near Westminster, London Eye, Tower of London and Greenwich. Boats are designed to give you the best vantage point of river life. Enjoy the views from the open air upper deck or comfortable saloon…

  2. Eltham Palace and Gardens

    Eltham

    Once a favoured medieval palace and then a Tudor royal residence, Eltham Palace was transformed by eccentric millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. Discover the Courtauld’s extravagant lifestyle as you explore their stylish home which incorporates original medieval features into an otherwise…

  3. The O2

    Greenwich Peninsula

    The O2 is a large entertainment district on the Greenwich Peninsula in South East London. It is home to The O2 Arena, indigo at The O2, ICON Outlet, Cineworld, Oxygen Freejumping, an exhibition space and a street full of bars and restaurants.

  4. Up at The O2

    Greenwich Peninsula

    Up at The O2 takes you on an exhilarating 90-minute climb over the roof of the world’s most popular entertainment venue. See a different side of the city, by day, at twilight or sunset.

  5. Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

    Greenwich

    Uber Boat by Thames Clippers makes an exception to the rule of river travel on the Thames providing a speedy service for both commuters and sightseers alike with a unique way to travel around the capital. Getting to your destination with plenty of time to explore while enjoying the amazing views on…

  6. Greenwich Market

    Greenwich

    London’s favourite market was established by Royal Charter in 1700 and originally sold fruit, vegetables and livestock. Nowadays it’s the centre of Greenwich shopping life, with shops and stalls all undercover, packed with art, antiques, fashion, jewellery, handmade gifts and more.

  7. Greenwich Market Food Court

    Greenwich

    Street food stalls at Greenwich Market serve up a fabulous menu of food from all over the world, that changes every day.

    There’s chocolate and churros, Indian and Ethiopian, truffles and teriyaki, plus pancakes and panzerotto among others.

    At weekends the eateries expand into Durnford…

  8. Old Royal Naval College

    Greenwich

    The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren's riverside masterpiece: a British landmark encompassing some of the finest buildings in the world. Home to the newly conserved Painted Hall and the neoclassical Chapel of St Peter and St Paul.

  9. Royal Observatory

    Greenwich

    Visit the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the Prime Meridian of the world and London’s only Planetarium.

  10. Cutty Sark

    Greenwich

    Visit Cutty Sark, the fastest ship of its time. Now an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich, London.

  11. National Maritime Museum

    Greenwich

    Discover epic stories of exploration and endeavour that have shaped our world at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

  12. The Queen's House

    Greenwich

    Visit The Queen’s House in Greenwich, London. Home to an internationally renowned art collection, Inigo Jones’ architectural masterpiece is the first Classical building in the UK. Free entry.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
City Cruises (51.48371,-0.0095)Eltham Palace and Gardens (51.44705,0.04846)5.16
Eltham Palace and Gardens (51.44705,0.04846)The O2 (51.50182,0.00394)6.15
The O2 (51.50182,0.00394)Up at The O2 (51.50134,0.00373)0.05
Up at The O2 (51.50134,0.00373)Uber Boat by Thames Clippers (51.48369,-0.0095)1.95
Uber Boat by Thames Clippers (51.48369,-0.0095)Greenwich Market (51.48158,-0.00904)0.21
Greenwich Market (51.48158,-0.00904)Greenwich Market Food Court (51.48158,-0.00906)0
Greenwich Market Food Court (51.48158,-0.00906)Old Royal Naval College (51.48327,-0.00556)0.28
Old Royal Naval College (51.48327,-0.00556)Royal Observatory (51.47784,-0.00135)0.6
Royal Observatory (51.47784,-0.00135)Cutty Sark (51.48258,-0.00945)0.69
Cutty Sark (51.48258,-0.00945)National Maritime Museum (51.48122,-0.00554)0.28
National Maritime Museum (51.48122,-0.00554)The Queen's House (51.48132,-0.00389)0.1
Total Distance *15.48 miles
Estimated Journey Time30 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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