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Things to do in Greenwich, London
This historic town just outside central London is well worth a visit when staying in London. It’s home to a world heritage site, the oldest Royal park and Europe’s most successful entertainment arena. There really is so much to do here, it’s quite possible to spend a few days here or take a day trip along the River Thames from the Embankment if you’re staying in one of the more central hotels in London. Some excellent places to visit on your visit to Greenwich are:
The Royal Observatory
Home to Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World, you simply have to visit this beautiful place high up on a hill in Greenwich Park overlooking Greenwich and beyond. You can stand with one foot in either hemisphere, see how our understanding of time and space has evolved and enjoy some amazing tours of space in the Planetarium, guided by real astronomers.
Situated between Blackheath and the centre of Greenwich itself, this huge Royal Park is not only home to the Royal Observatory and the Meridian Line but so much more. It’s also home to the Queen’s House, National Maritime Museum and the Royal Naval College. Henry VIII was born in Greenwich and introduced deer to the park; today the deer still remain, although now in their own enclosure. The 12ft high wall enclosing the park built by James I still remains today, too, as does the huge formal avenue of chestnut trees which runs from the gates at Blackheath all the way to the statue of General James Wolfe, who appears to look over the town itself from his elevated position by the Royal Observatory. There’s a community orchard, beautiful flower gardens, wooded areas perfect for spotting unusual birds, tennis courts, a boating lake, a wonderful children’s playground, a café and so much more. Even the squirrels are friendly here and let you feed them with monkey nuts. The ducks on the lake are equally as likely to appreciate a few bits of bread. This park is a wonderful place to visit – a little piece of heaven in an otherwise bustling area of London.
Other fantastic places to visit in Greenwich are the recently restored clipper, the Cutty Sark, located in a dry dock at the waterfront in Greenwich. The beautiful church of St Alfege has been the site of a church since 1012 when the Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered on the site by Vikings. Other attractions include the quirky Fan Museum, the O2 Arena, the British Music Experience, the Ranger’s House at the gates of Greenwich Park at Blackheath, Emirates Air Line (which is the only urban cable car in the UK) and the Royal Arsenal.
There really is so much to do in Greenwich, so book your holiday today (you can find some great deals here) and head to this fabulous part of London to walk in the footsteps of Britain’s finest Monarchs.