Having guided in Greenwich a number of times for guests I can highly recommend it as place to visit if you are in London, perhaps on holiday or taking time out from a business trip – it’s not far, only 7 miles from Trafalgar Square (allow 30 minutes by car).
An interesting & fun way to get to Greenwich from Central London is by boat on the River Thames – you can take a Thames Clipper (River Bus) from the London Eye (yes, do that too – fantastic views!) and it takes about 40-45 minutes.
In addition to the Royal Observatory, where you can stand astride the Prime Meridian – one foot in the West, the other in the East – there are many other attractions in Greenwich with something for everyone. Here are some:
- The Old Royal Naval College – originally the Royal Hospital for Seamen, built on the site of Greenwich Palace where Queen Elizabeth I was born. Highlights here are The Painted Hall and The Chapel – both beautiful.
- The Cutty Sark tea clipper - built in 1869 specifically to ship tea from China back to Britain.
- The Queen’s House - commissioned by Anne of Denmark, wife of King James I (reigned 1603–25), and designed by architect Inigo Jones.
- The National Maritime Museum – described as “the world's largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of exploration and endeavour at sea.”
If you are planning to come to London this year and would like a private guided tour of Greenwich, or indeed any other places of interest, with me then please get in touch - click Contact