Greenwich
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Set on the south bank of the Thames, approximately five miles from central London, this city borough is rich in maritime history and features the Old Royal Naval College, National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, which was built by Sir Christopher Wren for King Charles II.
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Neighborhood: Greenwich
Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the very concept of global time was established at Royal Observatory, just one of several buildings of architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park and a number of related buildings (and one world famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
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  • MilkTeaGirl
    Toronto, Canada73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cute town and very scenic! Great day trip from London!
    Worthwhile stop for a half day trip! You don’t need to spend a lot of time in Greenwich if you’re on a tight schedule but definitely recommend checking it out for a few hours! The boat ride to Greenwich is a nice break from all the walking in the city and great way to see the city on the water as well!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • New_Yorker_47
    Atlanta, Georgia34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Greenwich a must see all day event
    Greenwich is a beautiful town outside of London. It was my first time there (been to London more than a dozen times) and it did not disappoint. If you are into sailing or anything Maritime it is well worth the trip. The best way to get there is by Uber boat, but please remember to check in and off the boat or you will be charge for the entire route. The Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Queen's House and other attractions are all within walking distance. I would recommend not booking anything in advance, because if it rains it will be a miserable trip. We had a gorgeous day, plan to take the entire day so you can grab lunch in town and visit the sites which in most cases are free to the public.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 9, 2023
  • mj
    Maryland94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out!
    What a fantastic way to spend the day! A beautiful Georgian town with lots of interesting things to check out. Definitely worth having a stroll around and going to the museums. Every place we went was very welcoming and informative. Be prepared to do a lot of walking, the tired feet at the end of the day are worth it!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Peter
    Vancouver Island, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful and fun day out
    We took advantage of a Real Socializing coach tour to Greenwich. It was a smart thing to do given the traffic density. What a day out! Part of the cost of the tour covered a guide assisted exploration of how the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College have been used, in particular for movies. This was a fun and informative experience. There’s so much to see and do in Greenwich. We chose to walk by theThames, which gave us spectacular views of the Cutty Sark. We also walked up to the Royal Observatory. Pie and mash had been recommended to us for lunch. We complied and were glad we did. Overall, a tiring but wonderful experience, made that much easier by not having to drive home
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Martin P
    Watford, United Kingdom126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant day out
    This is a fantastic full day and I mean full day out for the family. There is so much to do here and most of it is free. You have to pay for the Observatory but that is well worth it. The museum is free and is a really good museum. The pavilion Caffe at the top of the grounds is well worth a visit for lunch . We got the boat bus from West Minister to Greenwich and the views were amazing. Highly recommended
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 13, 2023
  • Diane S
    Bath, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very warm welcome.
    Greeted with warmth and humour by the lovely Nicolai. He was very pleasant and my sister’s husband had stayed the week before and advised us to ask for floors 4,5 and 6 after a recent refurbishment. Not to be disappointed we were treated to these and they were off excellent upgrade. We had additional queries and he answered very professionally and with patience and care. He then served us at the bar to. A very professional approach to us and any given situation. A credit to you as an employer of him and how he managed himself. He made a great first impression to us all.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 21, 2023
  • Holzfrog
    Thames Ditton, United Kingdom1,848 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Greenwich is such a lovely part of London. Great photos of old maritime buildings set in front of the skyscrapers of the city. Lovely market and tonnes of little independent cafes and pubs. The park and observatory are great to visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 1, 2024
  • 9Vlad
    Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place to go
    Amazing place to go. Just walk around and you will find lots of amazing parts. Observatory, huge park, museum, tunnel you can walk under Thames. If you hungry you can find lots restaurants around too. Worth to visit
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 16, 2024
  • Jim B
    Lincoln, Nebraska708 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaintness and History
    This historic part of London is a delight to explore. From the moment you step off of the DLR line, this area captivates an invigorating spirit. Walking the streets on our way to Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory, we were captivated by the mix of old and new.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2024
  • BigJeff L
    1,220 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A London Treat!
    I have been to Greenwich 4 times now and still believe that I have not seen everything. It really is such a historic. relaxed and safe place to visit; certainly one of London's highlights. Stand on the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory, experience life on board Cutty Sark, the world’s last remaining tea clipper, see the fabulous baroque artistry of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, explore Britain’s naval history at the National Maritime Museum, shop the fabulous designer-maker arts & crafts in historic Greenwich Market etc. You can actually see a great deal for free, like the National Maritime Museum or enjoy the park. You can also walk around many buildings and treasures like the Cutty Sark or go shopping in the market or take up food and drink in the many places on offer. The best way to arrive is by boat to the pier as you get to see the river and the waterfront from a unique perspective. These trips are easly booked and in the main leave from Westminster Pier.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2024
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andrew f
Southampton, UK111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We enjoyed a lovely visit. We arrived by Uber 'Thames Clipper' boat, which, if you buy the family ticket (we were two adults and one child) was only only £10 more than the underground - but far more pleasant. And you get to see the sights of London around the Thames.

The Cutty Sary visit is really worth every penny and then take a walk up to the Royal Observatory where you can see the Meridian Line along with some great views.
Written August 20, 2021
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Dave M
Dunblane, UK154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Greenwich is a London Must Visit - it’s steeped in maritime history with some incredible buildings from our days of empire when Britannia really did rule the waves.
We caught a river boat from Tower Bridge down to Greenwich. The Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory & GMT Meridian, Maritime Museum (free entry), lunch at the Trafalgar Arms and then catch the DLR back into London.
Awesome utterly recommended
Written August 8, 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Greenwich is down river from central London. Many people like to take the boat down the Thames, it's a pleasant outing. . There are many things to see in Greenwich, including the Prime Meridian, which gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time. The Maritime Museum gives an insight into Britain's illustrious naval history. The Cutty Sark was a clipper ship, it is now a museum ship. It was once the fastest ship afloat, carrying tea from China. Tea was a light cargo, the Cutty Sark would speed along with all sails up.
Written March 18, 2023
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Peter
Vancouver Island, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We took advantage of a Real Socializing coach tour to Greenwich. It was a smart thing to do given the traffic density. What a day out! Part of the cost of the tour covered a guide assisted exploration of how the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College have been used, in particular for movies. This was a fun and informative experience. There’s so much to see and do in Greenwich. We chose to walk by theThames, which gave us spectacular views of the Cutty Sark. We also walked up to the Royal Observatory. Pie and mash had been recommended to us for lunch. We complied and were glad we did. Overall, a tiring but wonderful experience, made that much easier by not having to drive home
Written October 17, 2023
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New_Yorker_47
Atlanta, GA34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Greenwich is a beautiful town outside of London. It was my first time there (been to London more than a dozen times) and it did not disappoint. If you are into sailing or anything Maritime it is well worth the trip. The best way to get there is by Uber boat, but please remember to check in and off the boat or you will be charge for the entire route. The Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Queen's House and other attractions are all within walking distance. I would recommend not booking anything in advance, because if it rains it will be a miserable trip. We had a gorgeous day, plan to take the entire day so you can grab lunch in town and visit the sites which in most cases are free to the public.
Written October 9, 2023
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Shalvia
Warsaw, Poland70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
It is a truly remarkable location, the Greenwich Park is lovely, wast, fabulous old trees, acacia valley, flower section garden, tennis court section if you wish to play, it is an oasis in the city if you are lucky you can spot a deer (mainly in the morning). Greenwich Maritime and planetarium are worth visiting too. Sincerely recommend.
Written June 29, 2022
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Jacqueline S
40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We visited here as a place of interest and found that it really is a place that needs more prominence in the must see things in London. What a beautiful place. We took a river cruise and got off here for a few hours only. We made a bee-line for the Royal observatory, the man on the boat said a good 20 minutes walk, he was wrong it was a good 40 minute walk and an extremely steep walk at that, if you have limitations seriously consider not doing this. Bless my husband he huffed and puffed and pushed my wheelchair all the way up. When we got there it was a little bit of a let down to be honest, you would think that the Meridian Line would be a huge attraction, The Centre if the Earth they call it, well they need to make more of a thing of it.
Written July 1, 2021
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MilkTeaGirl
Toronto, Canada73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Worthwhile stop for a half day trip! You don’t need to spend a lot of time in Greenwich if you’re on a tight schedule but definitely recommend checking it out for a few hours! The boat ride to Greenwich is a nice break from all the walking in the city and great way to see the city on the water as well!
Written October 2, 2023
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Dave_of_SE3
London, UK140 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
There are lots of things to see and do in Greenwich and public transport links are easy - try the Uber boats if you don’t like trains and buses.

You could easily spend all day here and not do it all. However there is one major drawback. There are NO public toilets in the town centre. There is a toilet in the tourist information centre, together with an exhibition. These used to be free but they now charge £3 entry and you can’t use the toilets without paying this.

The nearest toilet is a 10-minute walk away in the park (£0.20 cash or card). The park is closed after dark.
Written August 5, 2023
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Holzfrog
Thames Ditton, UK1,848 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Greenwich is such a lovely part of London. Great photos of old maritime buildings set in front of the skyscrapers of the city. Lovely market and tonnes of little independent cafes and pubs. The park and observatory are great to visit.
Written May 1, 2024
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