15 Oct Visit Greenwich
If you’re ever in London, be sure to visit Greenwich – it’s one of our favourite places in London. Greenwich has loads of really nice pubs, good food, a gorgeous park and museums – if you like shopping (I don’t!) then Greenwich is also full of independent, quirky shops.
Why Visit Greenwich?
Here’s our list of the top Things to do in Greenwich:
Greenwich Food Market
If you’re hungry and need something tasty and reasonably quick, head to Greenwich Market. It’s nowhere near as great as Borough Market, but you’ll find a range of different world food stalls, including Mexican, Spanish and Ethiopian. Get some freshly cooked churros, chocolate smothered fruit or a freshly baked cake if you’re after something sweet. The food market is pretty small and shares space with the rest of the stalls which sell clothing, craft items and paintings. The market is bordered by independent shops and pubs to check out as well.
Greenwich Park London
Take a stroll through Greenwich Park, which is set behind the National Maritime Museum; it’s beautiful at all times of year, especially in autumn. We might not love it as much as our local, Dulwich Park, but it’s a great place to take some time out if you’re visiting Greenwich for the day.
Greenwich Observatory London
Climb to the top of the hill in Greenwich Park and you’ll find possibly the greatest view of the London skyline, as well as the Royal Observatory. We’ve never actually paid the fee to go into the Planetarium; but if that’s your thing, go for it. We’re usually satisfied with simply sitting and looking at the view.
Recently reopened after refurbishment, you can pay to look around this ancient ship or just check it out for free from the outside – it’s located right next to the Naval College and overlooks the Thames.
Old Royal Naval College
If you’re interested in architecture, you’ll love Greenwich. The Royal Naval College sits next to the Thames, right opposite the Maritime Museum. The college was built by some of the most famous architects of its time and regularly hosts exhibitions; you can visit the chapel and painted hall or just wander around the grounds.
National Maritime Museum Greenwich
This museum is definitely worth a visit, you can learn about the history of world exploration as well as Britain’s naval heritage. There are often exhibitions on at the museum, the latest one we saw was ‘Titanic Remembered’, which included some fascinating letters from Titanic survivors. Call me morbid but I also like looking at Nelson’s uniform which they have on display – you can even see the bullet hole in the shoulder and the blood stains on his sock from the day he died.
Best station for Greenwich – Cutty Sark DLR stop
The Naval College is free to visit. The grounds are open from 8am – 6pm and the attractions are open from 10am – 5pm.
The National Maritime Museum is free and open from 10am – 5pm Monday – Sunday.
The Cutty Sark is open 10am – 5pm Monday – Sunday and costs £12 for Adults, £6.50 for kids.
The Royal Observatory is open 10am – 5pm Monday – Sunday. It costs £6.50 for adults or £4.50 for kids to visit the Planitarium.
Greenwich Park is free to visit and open from 6am – 7pm every day.
Greenwich Market is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5.30pm.
DavidPosted at 21:08h, 18 October
We had a wonderful day exploring Greenwich with you and the place is well worth a visit. I found the steam engine exhibit in the maritime museum very interesting and wonder at the expertise of the engineers that made it all those years ago. The Meridian Line was something we wanted to see, but it was very busy there, so we just looked at it through the railings…I will have to remember to put the money we saved into our holiday fund!
AndrewPosted at 21:42h, 18 October
Yes, we noticed you disappeared to sneak a peek at the steam engine! It was very busy there, it’s a popular place. The money you saved would probably last you a day when you come and visit us in Thailand too so that’s a bonus!