Get away! Green­wich

With its rich his­tory and busy mar­ket, this beau­ti­ful part of Lon­don has so much to of­fer

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Past glo­ries

1 Mar­itime Green­wich was des­ig­nated a UNESCO World Her­itage Site due to the con­cen­tra­tion and qual­ity of build­ings of his­toric and ar­chi­tec­tural in­ter­est – and ex­plor­ing them is a joy.

The Old Royal Naval Col­lege, Sir Chris­topher Wren’s river­side mas­ter­piece, is a huge draw. In the vis­i­tor cen­tre, you’ll find out about its fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory. Plus, there are in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays and op­por­tu­ni­ties for kids to dress up in cos­tume.

Art of the mat­ter


Just across the road, sits the Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum, where you can take a tour and dis­cover the in­cred­i­ble sto­ries be­hind the ob­jects on dis­play.

The mu­seum’s vast col­lec­tion spans art­works, maps, arte­facts and mem­o­ra­bilia.

Next to it is the Queen’s House, where you can browse the renowned art col­lec­tion, dat­ing from the 16th cen­tury to the present day. It in­cludes works by Lowry and Canaletto.

Land ahoy!


Make sure you visit the for­mer tea clip­per, the Cutty Sark, where you can imag­ine what life was like on board the fa­mous sail­ing ship when it made its voy­ages to China.

Take a look in the Cap­tain’s cabin – and the rather more ba­sic crew ac­com­mo­da­tion!

It’s also a great spot to ad­mire views of the Thames and the sky­scrapers of Ca­nary Wharf.

Park life


Green­wich Park is the per­fect spot to while away a lazy af­ter­noon. The pretty Flower Gar­den is a won­der­ful place to en­joy some mo­ments of calm, set among mag­nif­i­cent cedar and tulip trees.

Af­ter­wards, head to the Rose Gar­den, which is pop­u­lar in full bloom in June and July.

Or en­joy some fun on the boat­ing lake, which is open from Easter to Oc­to­ber.

Jour­ney through space and time


Am­ble around the tree-lined av­enues be­fore mak­ing your way up the steep path to­wards the Royal Ob­ser­va­tory Green­wich.

Here, you can stand astride the Prime Merid­ian Line, which marks the di­vid­ing line be­tween the East­ern and West­ern hemi­spheres.

Mar­ket in your diary


Visit the buzzy Green­wich Mar­ket, where there’s a fab­u­lous range of stalls. You can pick up crafts,

pho­to­graphic prints, an­tiques and hand­made jew­ellery.

It’s un­der­cover too, so you’ll be pro­tected from the el­e­ments if it rains.

You’ll also find nearly 50 stall­hold­ers sell­ing food from all over the world – ev­ery­thing from Brazil­ian to Thai.

To find out what’s on when, visit: green­wich­mar­ket.lon­don.

Visit the fa­mous tea clip­per, the Cutty Sark

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