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  1. Old Royal Naval College
  2. The Queens House
  3. The National Maritime Greenwich 
  4. Discover Greenwich
  5. Cutty Sark Tea Clipper
  6. The Royal Observatory
  7. Greenwich Royal Park

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Greenwich Information – The Old Royal Navy College is a masterful centrepiece of architecture in Maritime Greenwich.  Designed by Christopher Wren the Navy College is a World Heritage site described by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as being of “outstanding universal value” and the “finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”.

Places To Visit

Places To Visit

Looking for some interesting places to visit in London Greenwich?  You will definitely be treated to a vast wealth of meridian, naval history and fascinating attractions you may never have realised existed. If you just dropped into Greenwich town or are maybe thinking of visiting as part of a London trip, it’s worth taking time to see what you shouldn’t miss visiting for fun, fascination, entertainment and relaxation.  Here are some of the attractions and places you won’t want to miss:

Greenwich Park
If you like green parks then Greenwich has one of the best in London.   With beautiful flower gardens, wooded areas and chestnut avenues on a 180-acre piece of beautiful landscape that slopes from Blackheath hill towards the River Thames. A visit to the Royal Observatory at the heart of the park will also give you a spectacular panoramic view of London.

The Royal Observatory
The Royal Observatory was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. The meridian building also houses a series of historic telescopes. Where else would you go to see the largest refraction telescope in the UK? You can also have a photo session along the brass rails that mark that position of the Greenwich Meridian.

The roof the building also has a red ball that is lowered from the top of its mast daily at 1pm GMT. This was once used to mark time for vessels on the River Thames. If you wander a little towards the eastern wing, you will see the planetarium that provides a 360 degree astronomical experience. There is also a nearby house that once belonged to Royal John Flamsteed. Here, you get to see some of the belongings and the galleries where Royal John used to work. While there, you can clearly view the natural beauty of fauna and flora across the park.

National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum incorporates the earliest English palladium architecture, best known as Queen’s house, which was built by Anne, James 1’s wife. It has classical interior decor with Tulip staircases originally design by the renowned architect, Inigo Jones. The museum houses models and displays arranged in chronological order to represent Britain’s maritime history that spans from Tudor times to the early 19th century. There are also preserved navigational charts and instruments.
If you get sometimes to visit the Barge House, you will find Barges that once belonged to Frederick Prince and Mary II of Wales. Other displays include a collection of seascapes and portraits by Hogarth, Reynolds and Turner. You will also get to see the blood stained uniform of Nelson, which is a showpiece simple for the Battle of Trafalgar.

The Fan Museum
If like historical artefacts and classic collectibles then you will definitely find something of interest at the Fan Museum. This is the only museum in the United Kingdom, well, in the whole world actually, that is completely dedicated to the art and craft of fan. It was established in the 17th century with an adorable Georgian design and displays elegant and fashionable accessories. The Fan museum itself is a piece of artistic and architectural gem and houses over 3, 500 fans.

Old Royal Naval College
Royal Naval College is definitely one of the most remarkable landmarks in Greenwich. This is one of those places to visit in London Greenwich that you just shouldn’t miss.  Well-kept landscaped gardens and beautiful buildings set it apart, in fact it is one of the most important UNESCO world heritage sites.  Not only that, but it’s buildings have attracted the interest of Hollywood and it has been used as a location for many films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Patriot Games, The Muppets, Thor Dark World, etc…
Visitors get to see, for free, the amazingly painted Hall and the chapel. This is also where Lord Nelson was laid in state before his burial. Royal Naval College is also the home of Trinity Music College and the renowned University of Greenwich. You can also stop by Discover Greenwich where you’ll find historical facts and great exhibitions that tell more about the rich history of maritime Greenwich.

The O2 Arena
The O2 Arena started as a millennium celebration venue and has now ballooned excitingly to earn a celebrity status. Now known as the Dome, Arena, the O2 hosts superstars from all over the world who come to entertain their fans.  If you like concerts, shows, movies, and entertainment then this is the place to be. The Arena boasts brilliant exhibitions and well known restaurants such as Raan, Pizza express, Wasabi and Nandos.

The Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark is one of the greatest and fastest ships of her time.  The British tea clipper ship was built in the 19th century for Jock Willis shipping ventures. Her decks tell a rich history of merchant seamen that sailed her over a century ago.

Visitors are welcome on board to explore this marvellous monument and glorious testimony of the bygone days of sail that lives to be remembered. Venture beneath and aboard and grab some food at the Even Keel Café. Have a taste of the yummy homemade cakes and fruits salads and a wide range of other family meals or wander through the Cutty Sark gift shop and pick some souvenirs.

History of Greenwich

History Of Greenwich

Greenwich is part of Greater London. It houses many remarkable structures from the 17th and 18th centuries. Greenwich is nestled along the southern bank of the river, stretching from Greenwich in the east to Thamesmead including Blackheath, Woolwich, Charlton, as well as Plumstead. The town centre is nestled in the middle. The main attractions include The National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, Queen’s House and Royal Observatory, all of which are situated in and around Greenwich Park.
Cutty Sark Greenwich
Greenwich town centre is a distinctive and world-renowned tourist destination. It has a lot more to offer both the local people as well as visitors, including magnificent museums and visitor attractions, elegant riverside walks as well as breath taking views from the Royal Park. These characteristics, combined with close links to Britain’s Stuart and Tudor sovereigns, give Greenwich a matchless emblematic identity.

This world heritage site has played a pivotal role in the history of England’s sea power for more than 4 centuries and today the town boasts its maritime history. The history of this town is linked to that of the Park, the Thames and the Royal Hospital for the sailors. Crammed with river workers and naval pensioners, Greenwich was the maritime and a place of most popular resort for the residents of London

Greenwich history

Greenwich has a varied history dating back to the Roman era and probably earlier. The ancient Londoners were known to have resided in nearby Charlton and scientists have discovered many pre-historic and Bronze Age relics in the nearby River Thames. The remains of the Roman temple were discovered back in in the year 1902 at the Greenwich Park. A section of one of the floors can be seen even today and some of the remains found at the site, encompassing pottery and coins, are now preserved at the Greenwich Heritage Centre.
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After the Romans left Britain, the next invaders were the Saxons. An Anglo-Saxon cemetery was discovered in the 10th century within Greenwich Park. There is documented evidence regarding property in Greenwich that belonged to the Saxon King Edgar. The hugely complex saga of the real ownership of this ancient property strolls through the history of Greenwich much as the beautiful river on which it stands curves and bends.

After the Saxons left around 10th century, the Danes invaded Greenwich. Their longboats were moor at Greenwich and in 1012 the Danes abducted St Alfege. He was later killed by the Danes at the site where Hawksmoor’s Church of St Alfege lies. The present building was designed by Nicholas Hawks moor who was trained by Sir Christopher Wren. The church was completed in the year 1718.The Danish left Greenwich in the early 1400s.
Discover Greenwich
In 16th century Henry VII owned the palace at Greenwich town. Henry VIII and his daughters Elizabeth and Mary were born in the palace. But in the 16th century Charles II demolished the palace. James I decided to construct a new house at Greenwich for his Queen Anne of Denmark. The structure was called the Queens House and was the very first classical structure in England. The structure was completed in 1637. Nonetheless, Anne died before it was completed and it was rendered to the wife of Charles I.

Having held the former royal palace from 15th century to 1670, the site has evolved through a number of changing roles. Royal Hospital for Seamen was established in 1696 to 1869, its school 1712 to 1933, Royal Naval College 1872 to 1998. Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital was built from 1870 to 1980 and National Maritime Museum since 1937.  Read More on Greenwich as a World Heritage Site