Get away! Greenwich
With its rich history and busy market, this beautiful part of London has so much to offer
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.
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.
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