Explore the high seas and the cosmos in one day with our fun-filled itinerary for families
Cutty Sark’s deck is being conserved. While this takes place the Poop Deck will not be accessible, although visitors can still see the ship's wheel on temporary display in the Dry Dock. Find out more about what's happening
There’s always lots of fun to be had for families in Greenwich, from family-friendly museums and award-winning attractions to great London parks.
Because all the museums are a short walk from each other, it's easy to cut down on travel time and make the most of a day out. Child-friendly cafés, buggy parks and changing facilities also make visiting Greenwich with kids a breeze.
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Not sure where to start? Keep scrolling for our suggested itinerary for a family day out in Greenwich. How much you do is up to you! If you find there's more to explore, you can always become a Family Member and get unlimited year-round entry for a bargain price.
Your Greenwich journey starts on board Cutty Sark, one of the last surviving tea clippers and the fastest sailing ship of its time.
The visitor route starts in the Lower Hold of the ship, then winds its way through the 'Tween Deck. On the way, you’ll find a range of fun interactive exhibits and games that will explain the history of the ship. A free audio guide helps bring the stories to life.
Arriving on the Main Deck, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views of Canary Wharf and the Thames, where you can snap some special photos for the family album.
In the Dry Berth, say hello to the Cutty Sark figureheads, part of the world's largest collection of ship figureheads.
Reach up and touch the shiny copper hull of the ship, which prevented barnacles and molluscs from burrowing into and damaging the hull's structure.
Before you head out, you can grab a snack and a hot drink from the Cutty Sark Café if you need fuel for the next part of your adventure.
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Head over to the National Maritime Museum, just a five-minute walk from Cutty Sark. Enjoy views of the UNESCO World Heritage buildings in Greenwich as you go.
The Museum is perfect for families, so much so that it was named Best Large Museum in the Family Friendly Museum Awards 2022!
If you want guidance for your visit, pick up a family trail from the 'Play and Explore' trolley and let it guide you through the Museum, delving into the items and stories within the galleries as you make your way around.
The AHOY! Children's Gallery is perfect for younger children. Polar exploration, pirates and a host of other maritime themes are brought to life in this playful and immersive gallery for under-7s. During weekends and school holidays the gallery is ticketed, so make sure to book ahead.
Visit the 'Sea Things' gallery, which holds over 600 objects including talking sculptures. Explore the maritime world through interactive exhibits, objects you can play with and touch, plus a host of activities and quizzes.
There are two family-friendly cafés conveniently located in the National Maritime Museum, so you can easily get lunch whenever you're ready for a break.
The Parkside Café is bright and spacious, with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Greenwich Park.
On offer is a range of hot food and drinks, sandwiches, cakes, plus a dedicated children's menu. The Museum shop is close by, featuring eco-friendly toys, children's books and gifts.
The Great Map Café is located on the first floor of the National Maritime Museum, meaning you can relax and finish your coffee while your children play!
The café serves sandwiches, a variety of cakes and Cream Teas, as well as a special children’s lunchbox.
On your way to the Royal Observatory (weather permitting of course), go for a walk around Greenwich Park, which is full of treats to discover.
The maritime-themed playground is just past the Queen's House at the bottom edge of the park. The boating lake nearby is a treat in summer.
Leave some time to leisurely climb the hill to the Royal Observatory (it’s quite steep!) and take in the view of the park and Canary Wharf.
From the seas to the stars, time and space! It’s time to inspire your young explorers by looking up to the cosmos.
In the beautiful Meridian courtyard, stand on the Prime Meridian Line and experience the unique sensation of having one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one in the west.
Marvel at the camera obscura – see a natural optical phenomenon which, using lenses and sunlight, lets you see a close-up of the Queen's House and the Thames in real time.
A visit to the Royal Observatory wouldn't be complete without a Planetarium show (tickets sold separately). Shows run throughout the day and may not always work with this planned itinerary. If you’re planning on seeing the Planetarium as part of your visit, we recommend checking show timings first and booking in advance.
Before your visit to a Planetarium show, check out our free exhibition Exploring Mars and discover fascinating facts about the Red Planet.
Younger children can explore the universe with Ted's Space Adventure. Filled with interactivity, music and rhyme, the show is a must for pre-school children.
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