If you walk up through Greenwich Park and past the Observatory and then keep walking eventually out of the park and across the heath in front of you and towards the church in the distance you will come to Blackheath,
You could of course take a 386 bus from Greenwich as we did to save the climb and perhaps walk back.
Blackheath is a traditional English village - south Londons equivalent of Hampstead. There are no actual tourist sights but lots of upmarket shops and tea shops and restaurants. Even the charity shops are upmarket. We spent a pleasant March morning here ending our visit with lunch in a small French café.
To the Tower with You
It is very easy to take a tour boat from Greenwich to the Tower of London, which is what we did. And then you can get a bus or the tube from there pretty easily.
This is definitely something on most people's list of things to do. I've been in the past, and so has Bob, so we didn't go again on the 2002 trip, but I did take my grandson in 2007.
We have views of the tower from the boat, from the bus, and from Tower Bridge. The last picture shows one of the signs outside of the tower. It says
The Tower is filled with houses and storehouses. Although no longer a royal residence, the Tower was still a central powerhouse in th 18th century and was the home of institutions such as the Board of Ordinance, responsible for all fortifications in the British Isles.
Hundreds of people worked in the Board's administration. Every square space within the walls of the tower was used for building, dramatically changing its appearance and reflecting its changing role.
However , the tower still maintained its core defensive role: the Irish Barracks were built in 1752, the Waterloo Barracks in 1845 and the North Bastion in 1856. Soldiers are based in the Tower to this day.
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I wanted to go down and see the Thames Barrier. I was unsuccessful in doing this. Apparently if I wanted to do it by water I would have to take a sightseeing tour where I couldn't get off to see the Barrier. Or I'd have to go by bus - since that would be in zone 3, I'd have had to get another bus ticket. We were tired, and it was fairly late, so we didn't do that.
This is the tour information:
"London's most comprehensive sightseeing cruise with a full commentary and refreshments from the bar on board.
"Departing from Westminster Pier close to the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, cruising down through the panoramic backdrop of historical and modern sights which line the river banks in the heart of London.
"You will see all the sights included in our Greenwich tour then you will proceed down river passing the Millennium Dome.
"After crossing the Greenwich Meridian you will pass through the Thames Flood Barrier, the largest moveable flood barrier in the world, built to stop London flooding.
"The boat then turns round and proceeds back to central London. You may disembark at Greenwich, if you wish, boats then return to Westminster every 30 minutes (see timetable). Alternatively you may stay on board and come straight back to Westminster"
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The local Deer...
500 years ago the area of South London, including Greenwich & Blackheath, was just open heath & woodland, with the main Dover to London roman road disecting it through Blackheath.
At Eltham is a Royal Palace, and would be used by many Kings, but particularly Henry V111, as a lodge whilst he hunted deer all over what is now the Greenwich Borough area.
So...tucked away in Greenwich Park is a reserve set aside for wild deer. Its not easy to find, but if you head south from the statue of General Wolfe, along the main road, about halfway down, veer off to your left at an angle.
Look for a metal fence enclosing borders of flowers, find one of the gates, and keep walking until you find a lane heading into woodland...its a bit of a maze...but eventually you'll find the deer.
Where is the meridian line?
You can find this at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park.
The Royal Observatory stands as a monument to navigational research. It is the original home of Greenwich Mean Time and is famous being the source of the Prime Meridian line that divides the East from the West (longitude 0° 0' 0'').
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