Open 10am-5.45pm

Essential Information

Location
National Maritime Museum
Price Free

Let your children's imaginations run wild at The Cove, a brand new outdoor playground at the National Maritime Museum.

Clamber aboard the ship and take the wheel, spin on the compass roundabout, scramble through the mighty Kraken’s tentacles and come face to face with the giant Cutty Shark!

A boy climbs a cargo net in the National Maritime Museum's new playground, with his sister looking on from the ground

At The Cove playground, kids can create their own swashbuckling adventures – where better to do it than in the heart of Maritime Greenwich!

Plan your visit

Where is The Cove playground?

Time to test your navigation skills! The Cove is found just outside the National Maritime Museum, right next to the Parkside Café and overlooking Greenwich Park. Look for the hedge with the giant orange tentacles poking over the top...

If you want to cheat, here's the spot to aim for on Google Maps.

Getting to Royal Museums Greenwich

Do I need to book?

The Cove is free to enter and there's no need to book in advance. However, if you'd like to combine your visit to the playground with a visit to one of Royal Museums Greenwich's fantastic family-friendly attractions, you're welcome to book tickets online in advance.

Are there toilets and cafés?

The Cove is right next to the Parkside Café at the National Maritime Museum, perfect for post-play snacks and family-friendly meals.

Toilets and baby changing facilities are inside too, just to the left of the information desk.

All toilet and baby changing facilities are wheelchair accessible, and there is also a Changing Places toilet available. Please ask staff for directions.

Rules of The Cove

This is an adventurous play area. It provides challenging and stimulating play for children of different ages and abilities.

Please be mindful:

  • Some areas may become slippery due to ice and rain, or hot to touch when in direct sunlight.
  • By allowing children in your care to use this playground, you accept the level of risk involved.
  • Please use the recycling bins provided, and keep this space clean and tidy for everyone.
  • This is a children’s play space; no unaccompanied adults.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome.
  • This area is not always supervised, so please report any issues to staff at the Parkside 
  • entrance to the National Maritime Museum.
  • First aid assistance can be obtained by asking any member of staff in the National Maritime Museum.
  • CCTV is in operation.
  • Full Museum rules and regulations are available here.
What else can we do while we're in Greenwich?

Greenwich is full of great things to do with kids, from historic ship Cutty Sark to out-of-this-world planetarium shows at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

The National Maritime Museum is family-friendly and free to enter, with a dedicated interactive gallery designed for under 7s. Older kids will love exploring the Museum's galleries and stories, from epic tales of explorers to real-life pirates.

Find more things to do with kids

Tickets and Opening

Free entry
No booking required

Spring (March-24 May): 10am-4.45pm

Summer late hours (25 May-1 September): 10am-5.45pm

Autumn/winter (2 September-February): 10am-3.30pm

  • Greenwich Station
  • Cutty Sark DLR
  • Maze Hill Station
  • Greenwich Pier

What’s On

Showing events for kids in Greenwich.

Ted's Space Adventure
Planetarium shows

Ted's Space Adventure

Join Ted the bear on an adventure around the Solar System in this special live planetarium show for under-7s - perfect for little astronauts everywhere!
Weekends and holiday weekdays
Adults £12 | Child £6 | Student & Under 25: £8
Royal Observatory
Ship Mates
Family fun

Ship Mates

Hop aboard Cutty Sark for sensory sessions for under 5s!
Term-time Wednesdays | 10.30am, 12.00pm & 1.30pm
£5 per child, accompanying adults free
Cutty Sark
Character Encounters
Talks and tours

Character Encounters

Visit the National Maritime Museum every Saturday to discover a different character from history with their own fascinating story to tell
Saturdays
Free Entry
National Maritime Museum
Meet the characters of Cutty Sark
Family fun

Meet the characters of Cutty Sark

Meet colourful characters from Cutty Sark’s past and hear astonishing stories about life at sea in the age of sail
Weekends and Fri-Mon in school holidays | 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm
Included with entry to Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark
Safe Harbour
Family fun

Safe Harbour

Safe Harbour is a series of free workshops created to provide a safe space for foster and adoptive families with children under 13 years
Monthly: Next date 27 July 2024 | 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Ticketed | Free
National Maritime Museum
Summer holidays at the National Maritime Museum
Family fun

Summer holidays at the National Maritime Museum

Come and play at the National Maritime Museum this summer
Select dates between 28 July and 1 September 2024 | Drop-in activities
Free
National Maritime Museum
Summer holidays at Cutty Sark
Family fun

Summer holidays at Cutty Sark

Hands-on workshops, character actors and storytelling sessions - there's lots to enjoy at Cutty Sark this summer!
30 July - 29 August 2024 | See page for details
Free with entry to the ship
Cutty Sark
Summer holidays at the Queen's House
Family fun

Summer holidays at the Queen's House

Join us at the Queen's House for a range of fun activities for families during the summer break
30 July - 27 August 2024 | 11am-2pm and 2pm-4pm
Free
Queen's House
Play Tuesdays
Family fun

Play Tuesdays

Bring your under 5 on a different adventure every week! Explore the Museum together through song, dance and stories
Term time Tuesdays | 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm
£4 per child and accompanying adult | Under 6 months free
National Maritime Museum
LGBTQ+ Family Network
Family fun | Identity

LGBTQ+ Family Network

A safe space for local LGBTQ+ families to meet one another, get involved in creative activities for all ages and explore the stories within the collection
20 July | 10am-12pm
Free
National Maritime Museum
Silver Screen Science-Fiction presents... A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Family fun | Museum Lates

Silver Screen Science-Fiction presents... A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

UFOs, aliens and anthropomorphic sheep - sounds right up our alley. Join us for Silver Screen Sci-Fi!
Saturday 31 August 2024 | 6.30pm - 8pm
£10 Adult | £5 Child
Royal Observatory

Families at Royal Museums Greenwich

Go on an epic family adventure of discovery across the seas and through the universe at Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House

Choose your tickets

The Cove playground is free to enter and you do not need to book in advance. However, if you'd like to combine your visit to the playground with a visit to one of our fantastic family-friendly attractions, you're welcome to book tickets online in advance.

National Maritime Museum

  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Access to all free galleries and activities
  • Special exhibitions free in 2024
Free entry
Book online
BOOK NOW

Cutty Sark

  • Explore the main deck
  • Walk beneath the ship
  • See how the crew lived
  • Family activities and interactives
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Audio guide included
Adult £20
Child £10
BOOK NOW

Royal Observatory

  • Visit the Prime Meridian line
  • See the best view in London
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Audio guide included
  • Planetarium shows not included
Adult£20
Child£10
BOOK NOW

Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass

  • Save 25% with combo ticket
  • Cutty Sark
  • Royal Observatory
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Planetarium shows not included
Adult£30
Child£15
BOOK NOW

Family fun

AHOY Gallery

  • Soft play
  • Maritime fun
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Museum entry included
  • Suitable for all children under 7
Term time weekdays FREE
Weekends & holidays £3
Gallery currently closed