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Greenwich
Description:
Historic town from which we take 'Greenwich Mean Time'
Region: London
Pronounced: g-ren-ich
Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day
Historical townHistory lovers
Greenwich, London
Thames BarrierGreenwich
Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time, the meridian line and home to important landmarks such as the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. Greenwich is a village which became incorporated into the larger city of London as Britain’s capital grew, but has managed to keep its own identify, and despite being so close to central London, still has a village feel. It has many quirky independent shops, and great street markets. Greenwich Park located on a hill has fantastic views across the river to Canary Wharf, St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond. The Park contains a small herd of Fallow and Red deer and you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in the Pavilion Tea house. Greenwich can be accessed easily from Central London on the Docklands Light Railway or you can take the river boat along the Thames.
Local Activities
The Royal Observatory
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
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GreenwichThe Royal Observatory, located within Greenwich Park was Britain’s first purpose-built scientific research facility. It was commissioned by King Charles II in 1675 and is literally the home of time! The gallery on the development of accurate time keeping is fascinating.  The observatory also houses London’s only Planetarium and includes Britain’s largest refracting telescope.
The National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
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GreenwichThe National Maritime Museum dramatically recreates Britain’s seafaring heritage with an array of maritime treasures and artefacts, plus stories of sea battles, famous mariners and explorers.
The Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark, Greenwich
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GreenwichThe Cutty Sark launched in 1869 was a tea clipper, the fastest ship of her day and one of the most famous ships in the world. Although the ship suffered a fire in 2007, miraculously only a fraction of the ship was destroyed as most of the contents had been removed for a conservation project.
The Fan Museum
The Fan Museum, Greenwich
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GreenwichThe Fan Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the art and craft of the fan. Beautiful examples of this 17th and 18th century fashion accessory are housed in 2 early Georgian houses, containing more than 3,500 fans.
What can I see in the area?
Royal Artillery Museum
Royal Artillery Museum, London
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GreenwichThe Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich has been open to the public since 4 May 1820, and tells the powerful and dramatic story of artillery. The ‘ground shaking' Field of Fire audio-visual show puts you in the midst of battle as shells whiz overhead and guns roar.
Thames Barrier Visitor Centre
Thames Barrier Visitor Centre, London
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GreenwichAlso at Woolwich is the Thames Barrier Visitor Centre has a working model of the Barrier which is London’s main tidal defence barrier.  A video shows the construction which took 8 years.
Chiselhurt Caves
Chiselhurst Caves, London
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GreenwichAt nearby Bromley are the Chislehurst Caves, which were used as a huge air-raid shelter during the World War II, and even have a church within the caves.
O2 Arena Roof Walk
O2 Arena Roof Walk, London
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GreenwichThe O2 Arena, in North Greenwich has many regular sporting and entertainment events. One of London's latest attraction is the roof walk across the arena which affords incredible views of the City and has been compared to the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk experience.
Tours of Greenwich
Greenwich Walking Tour
Historic Greenwich Walking Tour, London
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On a Greenwich Walking tour you can see Johnny Depp’s outfit he wore as pirate Jack Sparrow in the Hollywood film On Stranger Tides, marvel at the elegance of Sir Christopher Wren’s architecture, who also designed St. Paul's Cathedral in London.  Straddle the Prime Meridian – centre of world time and space! Your knowledgeable guide will also show you all the historic sights including St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Market , Old Royal Naval College, Queen's House, National Maritime Museum and the world-famous Greenwich Royal Observatory (including London's only Planetarium show) and you'll also be able to visit the Cutty Sark. If you're short of time there is also a half-day tour available.
Greenwich Pub Tour
Greenwich Pub Tour, London
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Alternatively join a Greenwich Pub Tour. Historic Greenwich has some lovely pubs, full of history and charm. The list of pubs on the tour is confidential, but rest assured you will see a wonderful cross-section of the best pubs in Greenwich. They include the famous Trafalgar Tavern on the River Thames, where the likes of Lord Nelson and Charles Dickens wined and dined. Its also a pleasant walking distance from pub to pub and you’ll also get a FREE half pint of beer at each of the four pubs on the tour.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
CADW Pass
London Pass

London pass
CADW Pass
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass

Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
CADW Pass
English Heritage Pass

English Heritage Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
City of London
Transport options in this area: Greenwich can be reached easily by the DLR railway and navigated comfortably on foot.
Did you know:
If you turned The Greenwich Dome (02 Arena) upside down and put it under Niagra Falls, it would take 10 minutes to fill with water.
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Famous Greenwich residents:
Henry VIII

Samuel Pepys
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