Museums and galleries, historic parks and pubs, sweeping views and superb shopping: Greenwich is unique in London, combining world class attractions with a charming village vibe.

Start planning your visit today with our picks of the best things to do in Greenwich.

Your guide to Greenwich

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A family walks along the Main Deck of Cutty Sark, accompanied by a character actor dressed as the ship's captain. They are pointing to something behind the photographer, and the ship's rigging and lifeboat frames them in the background

Step aboard Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark is the world’s sole-surviving tea clipper – a legendary 19th-century ship that used to bring tea back from China at record-breaking speeds.

Now the ship takes pride of place in the heart of Greenwich. Book a ticket and explore every part of the ship, from the glorious views of the main deck to the rich delights of the lower hold. The adventure ends beneath the ship itself, as you walk through the dry dock with the gleaming copper hull above your head.

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Two friends stand and point at the Prime Meridian Line in the courtyard of the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand on the Prime Meridian Line

Take a hike through Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory, and travel through space and time.

Commissioned by King Charles II, the site incorporates the Christopher Wren-designed Flamsteed House – historic home to Britain's Astronomers Royal – as well as London’s Planetarium. Stand astride the historic Prime Meridian Line, where east meets west, uncover the history of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and see clocks and timepieces that have changed the world.

Travel the world at the National Maritime Museum

Discover epic stories of exploration and endeavour that have shaped our world today at the National Maritime Museum.

Permanent galleries take visitors on a journey around the globe, from the diverse cultures of the Pacific to the changing climate of the Arctic and Antarctic. Special exhibitions take you even further: visit Astronomy Photographer of the Year for dazzling space photography, and Women of the RNLI in 2024 celebrates the vital roles that women play in saving lives at sea.

Book free National Maritime Museum tickets

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Royal Museums Greenwich aerial view

Find the best views of London

Climb to the top of the hill in Greenwich Park and outside the Royal Observatory you will find a fantastic viewpoint in front of the statue of General Wolfe. It's beautiful whenever you visit, but head here at sunset and watch the shimmering lights of London break into life.

But that's not all Greenwich has to offer: space and symmetry abound at Sir Christopher Wren's Baroque masterpiece, the Old Royal Naval College. The elegant building's iconic twin domes perfectly frame the Queen’s House when viewed from the river.

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A group of diners enjoy afternoon tea beneath the historic ship Cutty Sark. The ship's hull can be seen 'floating' above them, supported by steel girders and a glass structure. On the table are cakes, sandwiches and fine china

Enjoy a unique London afternoon tea experience

Leave behind the traditional hotels and bus tours: at Cutty Sark, you can dine beneath the ship itself.

Indulge in a special afternoon tea sitting directly beneath Cutty Sark's iconic copper-clad hull. Choose from a selection of teas, sandwiches and sweet treats as you marvel at the historic engineering of the fastest ship of its day.

All table bookings include entry to the ship, so you can explore Cutty Sark at your leisure before or after your meal.

Book afternoon tea

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Shop at Greenwich Market

Vibrant Greenwich Market has been trading for centuries. A stone’s throw from Cutty Sark, this covered market, with its cobblestone floor and elegant portico, hosts dozens of unique designer-makers, vintage and handmade clothing sellers and street food vendors offering a tempting range of treats from around the world. It’s a first port-of-call for collectors of all stripes and an essential stop on any Greenwich shopping itinerary.

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An audience enjoys a Planetarium show at the Royal Observatory. They are lying back in big armchairs, staring up at a ceiling filled with blue light projections of distant galaxies

Visit London's only Planetarium

Join Royal Observatory astronomers and leading scientists on a fascinating journey into space, from planetarium shows and live science demonstrations to in-depth astronomy courses.

See what's on

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Find the best pubs in Greenwich

If the walls of Greenwich’s historic pubs could talk, they’d have many a tale to tell of the seamen, sailors and river workers who used to frequent them.

Take a break from the sights and have a drink by the Thames.

Riverfront pubs the Cutty Sark Tavern and Trafalgar Tavern still have a maritime atmosphere (Charles Dickens was known to visit the latter), while the Plume of Feathers is the oldest pub in Greenwich, in business since 1691.

Eating and drinking in Greenwich

See the world's greatest space photography

Glittering stars, shimmering galaxies, fiery suns and silver moons – wherever you are in the universe, don't miss Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

Every year photographers from across the globe compete in the prestigious astrophotography competition. This is your chance to see their spellbinding work.

Book Astronomy Photographer of the Year tickets

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A photo of Antony Gormley sculpture Quantum Cloud at sunrise. The sculpture sits on a platform in the River Thames

Greenwich has long been associated with culture and creativity.

Alongside world-renowned art collections at the Queen’s House and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich’s outdoor spaces and the River Thames itself are home to an array of cutting-edge artworks.

From Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst to Yinka Shonibare, follow our walking tour of contemporary art installations and sculpture around Greenwich.

Follow the route

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Set sail on a Thames cruise

Ships like Cutty Sark were once a frequent sight on the River Thames, so why not journey from central London to Greenwich by boat? The trip on a Thames Clippers catamaran provides spectacular views of key London landmarks en route to Greenwich, including the Tower of London and Shakespeare’s Globe. The boat at Greenwich stops right outside Cutty Sark.

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Visit Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park is the most historic of London’s eight Royal Parks. Originally used as a royal hunting ground, it’s now a wonderful spot for picturesque strolls and picnics under chestnut trees.

As well as the Royal Observatory and the world-famous Meridian Line, the 183 acres of hillside parkland encompass a beautiful rose garden, a boating pond and incredible views of the City of London and the Thames. There’s even a family of deer, said to be descended from Henry VIII’s original herd. It’s no surprise that it’s many a Londoners’ favourite city park.

Explore Greenwich Park

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Tulip Stairs in Queen's House

Walk in famous footsteps at the Queen's House

If you're a fan of Bridgerton or The Crown, the Queen's House might already feel very familiar. The classic building has become a popular filming location thanks to its sweeping views and stunning architecture.

But the Queen's House is so much more than a film set.

Great works by world-famous artists grace the walls, from J.M.W. Turner and Canaletto to Turner Prize winner Richard Wright. The building too is an artwork in its own right, designed by the architect Inigo Jones as the first classical building in Britain.

The jewel in the Queen's House crown is the iconic Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, taking pride of place in the Queen's Presence Chamber.

Visit the Queen's House

What’s On

Got a specific date in mind? Check out events taking place in Greenwich here.

Earth From Space
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Exhibitions

Earth From Space

See the world through a satellite’s lens, and explore our changing planet at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
Open daily | 10am-5pm
Free for Planetarium show ticketholders and Royal Observatory visitors
Royal Observatory
Season of Identity
A close-up view of multiple colourful strands of cotton used to weave a tapestry
Events and festivals

Season of Identity

Unpick the threads of Britain’s global connections and identities in a series of events at Royal Museums Greenwich
October 2023 - March 2024
Free Entry
In Greenwich
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
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Exhibitions

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

See the world's greatest space photography at the National Maritime Museum
Open daily | 10am-5pm
Adults £10 | Concessions £6.50 | Children £5 | Free for all visitors from 13 March
National Maritime Museum
Women of the RNLI
Black and white portrait of a woman leaning against a boat
Exhibitions

Women of the RNLI

Celebrate 200 years of saving lives at sea at the National Maritime Museum
Opening Saturday 2 March 2024
Free
National Maritime Museum
Morning Stars
A collection of multi coloured stars seen by the Hubble Space Telescope
Planetarium shows | Community astronomy

Morning Stars

Our more relaxed planetarium shows for those who prefer a calmer environment, such as people with ASD
1, 5, 8, 12 April 2024 | 10.15-11.00am
£10 Adult | £5 Child | Free Companion tickets
Royal Observatory
We Are Guardians
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Planetarium shows

We Are Guardians

Join Earth's fleet of state-of-the-art satellites for an immersive exploration of their role in safeguarding our planet
Daily shows
Adult £12 | Child £6 | Student & Under 25: £8
Royal Observatory
The Sky Tonight
Images of constellations, the Moon, Mars, a comet and the Andromeda galaxy
Planetarium shows

The Sky Tonight

A classic guide to the night sky presented live by a Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer
Daily shows
Adult £12 | Child £6 | Student & Under 25: £8
Royal Observatory
Introduction to Astrophotography
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Courses | Astronomy courses

Introduction to Astrophotography

Learn how to take images of the night sky in our online introductory astrophotography course
Tuesdays, 7-9pm | 6-week course beginning on 20 Feb 2024
£96
Online
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
Intermediate Astronomy
Telescope
Courses | Astronomy courses

Intermediate Astronomy

Acquire a rigorous scientific understanding of the universe with the Royal Observatory Greenwich
Tuesdays, 6.30-9pm | 10-week modules available from 12 Sept and 28 Nov 2023; 5 Mar 2024
£205 per module
Royal Observatory
Amateur Astronomy For Beginners
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Courses | Astronomy courses

Amateur Astronomy For Beginners

A course for those looking to make astronomy into a hobby
Tuesdays, 7-9pm | 6-week courses available from 31 Oct 2023 and 20 Feb 2024
£96
Royal Observatory
Mars vs Titan - A Battle!
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Talks and tours

Mars vs Titan - A Battle!

Join us online as Royal Observatory astronomers battle it out to decide which planetary body is better: Mars or Titan!
Tuesday 5 March 2024 | 7pm
Free
Royal Observatory
Cutty Sark Toddler Time
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Family fun

Cutty Sark Toddler Time

Listen, learn and play at Cutty Sark: bring your under-5s on a different adventure every week!
Wednesdays | 10.30am | 11.30am | 1.00pm | 2.00pm
£5 per adult
Cutty Sark
Behind the scenes tours
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Talks and tours

Behind the scenes tours

Explore the inner workings of Royal Museums Greenwich and see conservation in action on one of our guided tours
Second and fourth Thursday of every month (see page for details) | 1.30pm
Adults: £16 | Members: £12
Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre
British Science Week
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Events and festivals

British Science Week

Explore the wonders of space and time with the Royal Observatory Greenwich
8-17 March 2024
See page for details
In Greenwich
The Live Assembly
A clock with 24 hours displayed on the face, installed outside the Royal Observatory Greenwich
Talks and tours | British Science Week

The Live Assembly

Join the Royal Observatory’s Curator of Time for a live streamed assembly exploring the origins of telling time and the evolution of time-telling instruments
Friday 8 March 2024 | 9.30am - 10am
Free Entry
Online
Women Who Dare
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Events and festivals | Women's History Month

Women Who Dare

A creative retreat that honours the spirit of boldness and courage in women, in collaboration with South Asian arts collective, CommonGround&
Friday 8 March 2024 | 10am - 4.30pm
Free
Queen's House
Women's History Month 2024
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Events and festivals | Women's History Month

Women's History Month 2024

Celebrate the lives and achievements of pioneering women
Throughout March
Free Entry
National Maritime Museum
SENsory Social Club
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Family fun | Identity

SENsory Social Club

Join the weekly online club for adults and young people with SEND
Friday during term time| 11am (Online session) or 1pm (Onsite session)
Pay what you can
Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre
Evening of Astrophotography
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Talks and tours | British Science Week

Evening of Astrophotography

Come along to a panel discussion to learn more about astrophotography, and enjoy a private viewing of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023 exhibition.
Friday 8 March 2024 | 6pm-8pm
Adult: £12 | Students & Under 25: £8.50
National Maritime Museum
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
The Queen's House Reopening Festival
Events and festivals

The Queen's House Reopening Festival

From tours to talks, take part in free activities inspired by our latest rehang
9-10 March 2024 | 10am-5pm
Free
Queen's House
Saturday Art Club
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Workshops

Saturday Art Club

Join the weekly creative drop-in for young people aged 13-16
Saturdays from October 2023 - April 2024 | 10am-1pm
Free
National Maritime Museum
Astronomy and Islam
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Planetarium shows | Identity

Astronomy and Islam

Join us for a special show featuring the New Crescent Moon and historic Islamic astronomy.
Select Saturdays and Sundays | 10.30am
£10 Adult | £5 Child
Royal Observatory
A man and a woman hug as they look out over historic Greenwich towards the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. They have their backs to the camera, and the woman's head is nestled in the man's shoulder

Visit Greenwich

Historic attractions, beautiful parks and stunning city views - discover the best that Greenwich has to offer