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How to Get to Greenwich, London and What To Do There

Admittedly, Greenwich is a little way out of central London and if time is tight you may have to skip her, but if you possibly can fit in just one day in this historic area, you’ll reap rich rewards. Greenwich has certainly been one of the highlights of our time in London and I wish we’d had more time to explore and appreciate her fully. Two days wasn’t nearly enough.

How to Get to Greenwic and why you should

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Things to Do in Greenwich and How to Get There

How to Get to Greenwich

Get to Greenwich by rail

Greenwich is on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), your Oyster card will cover you for this part of London’s awesome transport system. You’ll want to get off at Cutty Sark DLR station for the attractions mentioned here.

The nearest mainline train stations are Greenwich and Maze Hill.

Find current information on getting to Greenwich by rail here.

By bus

Details on bus services to Greenwich can be found at the official  Greenwich Royal Museums Website.

By water

Pleasure cruises and river buses can take you to Greenwich Pier, just a few minutes walk from Greenwich’s historic attractions.

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Things to Do in Greenwich – Greenwich’s Main Attractions

The Cutty Sark

 Cutty Sark Name

This magnificently restored clipper dominates the banks of the Thames at Greenwich. She’s a beautiful ship with a rich history and her interior boasts fabulous modern displays of educational and general interest. We highly recommend a visit for the kids, we posted about her already at Reasons to visit the Cutty Sark at Greenwich.

The National Maritime Museum

Greenwich maritime museum great map
Fit in a big fun geography lesson at the National Maritime Museum

Another of London’s fantastic free museums, this one is a must for anyone with an interest in geography or sea-going history.

Kids will love the Great Map and the ship navigation simulator along with the children’s gallery where they can learn morse code and fire a cannon at pesky pirates.

The Old Royal Naval College

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Historical fun at the Visitor Centre, part of the Old Royal Naval College

One of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpieces, The Old Royal Naval College, takes prime position on the banks of the Thames at Greenwich. The Discover Greenwich Visitor centre, part of the college buildings, is a great, free, starting point for visitors with some hands-on exhibits that children will love. You can get all the information you need from the help desk here.

Traditional Pie, Mash, Eels and Liquor

Goddards Pie Shop

Want to try traditional London food? It doesn’t get more London than this, try Goddard’s of Greenwich, click-through for more information on this London institution.

International Food and a Great Market

Greenwich market
Browse collectibles, crafts, antiques and great food at Greenwich Market.

Greenwich has an under-cover market boasting some sensational food stalls from all over the globe along with local crafts, antiques and collectibles. It’s a great spot to grab some lunch if you’re not in the mood for a pie.

 The Royal Observatory at Greenwich

View from Greenwich
You can stand with one foot in the East, one in the West, just outside Greenwich Observatory.

The Royal Observatory sits on top of the hill behind the Maritime Museum and Queen’s House.

The Prime Meridian Line and Marker is here, outside the observatory. You can see the line for free, but there are charges for parts of the observatory.

Greenwich Hill and Park

 View from Greenwich

It’s well worth climbing the hill to the Observatory for one of the best views in London. You can see all the way from the O2 centre ( The Dome), along the Thames to The Shard and beyond. It really is something special.

Walk Under the Thames

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The opening to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel opened in 1902 and allows east access to the Isle of Dogs from the Greenwich side of the river. It is 1217 feet long and runs around 50 feet under the Thames.

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Greg

Thursday 19th of March 2020

I liked Greenwich the most of the places I visited in London :)

Elly

Monday 8th of December 2014

Thank you for this info, we are staying overnight in Greenwich next week - very well timed!

Talitha

Friday 5th of December 2014

Sounds great for our next "short break"! I surely would like to stand with one foot in the east and the other in the west. We did a similar thing with north and south in Pontianak!

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