Our recommendations for the top things to see and do on a visit to Greenwich, London including the best photo opportunities, art, architecture, food and shopping.
Historic Greenwich is one of the jewels of London. In just one square kilometre you can find charming streets, traditional pubs, great places to eat, a covered market, one of the best views of London, the Thames, a beautiful park - and, of course, world-class museums.
Royal history in Greenwich
Its location on the Thames has put Greenwich at the heart of English maritime life for hundreds of years. The area also has impeccable royal connections, as the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, and as a favourite destination with Tudor and Stuart monarchs. It is now decreed one of the Royal Boroughs of London and is home to the beautifully conserved tea clipper Cutty Sark, who was the fastest ship of her time, and the National Maritime Museum, which features the biggest naval history collection anywhere in the world.
Art & culture in Greenwich
There is plenty to see for the culturally inclined, from works of art by some of Britain’s greatest masters including Gainsborough, Reynolds and Turner, to great examples of architecture by Sir Christopher Wren at the Royal Observatory and Inigo Jones at the Queen’s House.
The area also gives its name to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), as the site of the Prime Meridian of the World where you can stand with a foot in the western and eastern hemispheres of the Earth. And while you’re at the Royal Observatory, discover the quest to measure longitude, touch a 4.5 billion year old meteorite and visit London’s only planetarium.
Once night falls, the area comes alive with buzzing bars and restaurants, cinemas, comedy and theatre. And it only takes 25 minutes to get here from central London.
Tips for a great day out in Greenwich
If you've only got one day to spend in Greenwich, here are our top ten things to do on your visit:
You can’t come to Greenwich without grabbing a selfie standing on the Prime Meridian of the World at Royal Observatory - the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Royal Museums Greenwich, along with the historic Greenwich town centre, the Old Royal Naval College and Greenwich Park, was given World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1997, under the name Maritime Greenwich. This recognises its architectural significance, its royal history and its importance as a centre for science and the arts. World Heritage Sites are designated to encourage people to visit them and to ensure they are preserved for generations to come.