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WHY VISIT GREENWICH?

Royal Greenwich is the place where time begins and the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.  Giving its name to Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian, Royal Greenwich is a must-visit destination. It is close to Central London but feels a million miles from the city. 
Traveling to Greenwich along the River Thames is one of London's most enjoyable experiences. Sail under Tower Bridge and pass the gleaming buildings of Canary Wharf before finally docking in Greenwich. If you travel by Docklands Light Railway you will journey through the heart of the ever changing area of the former London docks. 

Once here in Greenwich you can stroll in lush parkland in the footsteps of ancient kings and queens; gaze at the stars in The Royal Observatory; clamber aboard the Cutty Sark, the fastest and most famous tea clipper and browse in one of London's best covered markets.  Maritime Greenwich is a World Heritage Site known for its history and visitors come to see the buildings of Sir Christopher Wren's Royal Naval College (the setting for films such as Les Miserables and Pirates of the Caribbean), and the Painted Hall, described as one of the finest dining halls in Europe. Greenwich is also a place to relax. The Royal Park has stunning flower gardens and wild areas.  On every corner you will find a pub, restaurant or a cafe to enjoy a traditional English pint and good food.  All this and more makes Greenwich the jewel in London's tourist crown.
 
With so many historical sites and places of interest to visit we know it is difficult to know where to start and what is important to see. This is where the experts, the Greenwich Tour Guides, can make sure you have a memorable trip.

The Cutty Sark: This beautifully restored Tea Clipper nestles in its own dry dock. Built in 1869 this vessel has sailed thousands of nautical miles and experienced many adventures.  She became the fastest sailing ship of her time and is the only tea clipper of her kind to survive into the 21st century.
The Old Royal Naval College (Greenwich Hospital): One of Christopher Wren’s great architectural masterpieces. Founded in 1694 as a retirement home for sailors it was built over the site of a Tudor palace.   A tour of the stunning Painted Hall and Chapel is a must for visitors to Greenwich.
National Maritime Museum: The museum has a collection of around 2.5 million items, including Lord Nelson’s uniform.
The various displays are often themed and show the priceless array of artefacts.     
The Queen’s House: This sits royally amongst the buildings of the National Maritime Museum.  A Palladian style extravagance built for the Queen of James I in 17th century.  It is now a gallery for some of the Maritime Museums vast collection of maritime art.
The Royal Observatory: Built in 1675 this defines the line where east meets west and from where time for the world begins.  The Royal Observatory is home to John Harrison’s famous timepieces and the story of Longitude.
Greenwich Park:  London’s oldest and most historic of all Royal Parks.  The park combines history with recreation and is at the heart of the World Heritage Site.  The park contains the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line. From the statue of General Wolfe the park offers magnificent views over Greenwich, across the River Thames past Dockland and on to London
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phone- 0757 577 2298         email- guides@greenwichtours.co.uk