Greenwich Travel Guide

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Greenwich Highlights

  • Pro
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     Full of history; great for the nautical buff 

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     Commercial development is starting to threaten the charm of the town 

  • In a nutshell
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     The Start of TIme 

Greenwich Things to Do

  • Greenwich Pier and waterfront

    There is always help available at Greenwich Pier to advise passengers for the various ships that travel along the Thames.There are always craft arriving and departing from the pier but actual river traffic apart from the passenger craft is sparse.Many years ago the river would have been full of ships sailing to and from the docks nearer to London...

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  • The Trafalgar

    I have included this in this section as you must visit this iconic riverside pub. The Thames laps up against its wall and it is so atmospheric you could expect Nelson to walk in at anytime. It was built in 1837 and restored in 1968 - it could do with further renovation as it is showing external signs of wear.Internally it has photographs of...

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  • Trafalgar Quarters

    Trafalgar Quarters is a tasteful 2001 conversion of a Grade II Listed Building built in 1813 as lodgings for officers of the adjacent Greenwich Hospital. Today it remains a beautiful building but is a conversion to private residences and not open to the public.You can see it opposite the final gate of the Old Royal Naval Hospital.

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  • Discover Greenwich

    The Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre is a free attraction and the starting point for millions of visitors to the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) and Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. Here you can:•explore over 500 years of history through a fascinating permanent exhibition•see a programme of temporary exhibitions•browse for unique design led...

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  • Sir Francis Drake statue

    On Greenwich's waterfront and in front of the visitor centre is a statue of Sir Francis Drake. Queen Elizabeth 1 dined on board the Golden Hind at Deptford Dockyard just down the river on the River Thames in 1581. Afterwards, she knighted him so that for the rest of his life he was known as Sir Francis Drake.

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  • Queen Elizabeths College

    Queen Elizabeth's College was founded in 1576 by historian William Lambard, and provided homes for the poor and elderly of Greenwich. The almshouses were subsequently rebuilt in 1817 as 40 one-bedroom cottages. In 1967 Lambard House was built to provide a further 28 flats. The almshouse cottages are on three sides of a quadrangle with a chapel at...

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  • Cutty Sark

    The Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion.We did not get time to visit the ship but intend to do so...

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  • St Alfege Church

    A 300 year old church dominates the Greenwich town centre standing high above the shops and market.There has been a church here for over a thousand years, dedicated to the memory of Alfege, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was martyred on this site in 1012.The Church provides hand-held information boards in a large variety of languageswhich give...

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  • Queens House

    The Queen's House is a former royal residence built between 1614-1617. Its architect was Inigo Jones, for whom it was a crucial early commission, for Anne of Denmark, the queen of King James I of England. It was altered and completed by Jones, in a second campaign about 1635 for Henrietta Maria, queen of King Charles I. The Queen's House is one of...

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Greenwich Restaurants

  • On the waterfront

    The Old Brewery is many things - a café, a venue for afternoon tea and in the evenings a restaurant and bar. Beer is brewed here and there are 50 different beers on sale at any one time.

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  • Pie and mash ( and eels)

    This is a traditional Cockney pie and mash shop - I guess they could be found all over London at one time but seem quite rare now. This was an amazing find - a café with a real London feel to it and mainly catering for older local people but there were one or two tourists such as us in it but all the tourists , like us, were English. I guess its...

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  • Large Italian town centre restaurant

    This is one of a chain of famous chef Jamie Olivers Italian restaurants - his Greenwich restaurant has a deli attached and also a coffee shop and it has a nice ambience about it in these parts but the restaurant is really too large for any ambience.However a winter Monday night and the restaurant is half full with locals and tourists. The service...

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  • Dining inside the Dome

    The Union Square is a modern bar & restaurant with an American look.On the menu are starters, sandwiches, grill dishes, main dishes, salads, side dishes and desserts.Fully licensed.Business hours:Bar: Noon - MidnightRestaurant: Noon - 9PM

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  • tourist market

    Greenwich market is a great place to get a quick bite to eat. Numerous stalls sell all kinds of foods.

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  • Pie and Mash guv,nor?

    Update December 2012.On a recent trip to Greenwich where I had not been for some time, I was dismayed to find that the Goddards shop I mentioned in my original tip was no longer there. However, all was not lost. Walking round the old covered market, I found that they had merely relocated to larger premises two minutes walk from the original and are...

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Greenwich Nightlife

  • Top movies

    Cineworld at the O2 Dome is a 11 screen multiplex cinema. The main auditorium seats up to 770 movie fans and has the biggest screen in London.

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  • Kiss Me Hardy!

    This is a cool old pub located right at the gates of the Naval College. It is adjacent to the Greenwich Marketplace so it is a good place to wash down a few pints after twisting and turning through the maze of stalls and vendors. It has a high ceilinged and more open floor plan than most pubs. It has a couple of good sized sofas that we comandeered...

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  • The Yacht

    This pub is in a small lane at the back of the Trafalgar Tavern. Its quite small...but is used more by locals.

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Greenwich Transportation

  • Thames Clippers

    With an Oyster card it is just £5.85 from central London to Greenwich on a fast Thames Clipper. The Clippers stop at all of central Londons piers and go east to Greenwich and then further to the 02.There are refreshments on board but beware that sometimes the toilets are not very pleasant -you are not on board for long so it should not be a...

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  • O2 Dome Bus station - North Greenwich

    Next to the O2 Dome at North Greenwich is the Bus station located.The North Greenwich bus station is served by these buses:-108 Stratford Bus Station and Lewisham Bus Station-129 Greenwich Town Centre / Cutty Sark-132 Geddes Place-161 Chislehurst War Memorial-188 Russell Square Station-422 Bexleyheath Bus Garage-472 Thamesmead Town Centre-486...

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  • First Capital Connect DaySave

    This is a ticket that offers unlimited travel on First Capital Connect (FCC) train services - this ticket is only available at several Tourist Information Centres (TIC) in the London area and Greenwich is one of these. However purchasers should note that FCC trains do not serve Greenwich - the nearest station you could use this ticket is London...

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Greenwich Shopping

  • Rare record collector gold

    Look out for Casbah Records at the Beehive, just opposite the Cutty Sark DLR. It's packed full of rare records and great CDs. I bought a Black Sabbeth vinyl from this shop for £200 which was valued at £375. Collectable vintage records. £20 upward for a rare collectable.

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  • Touristy with a few bargains.

    Not a shop as such but a covered market in a very pleasant old market area.convenient to the tourist attractions of Greenwich, the goods on sale are mostly geared to tourists, but there are a couple of decent book and CD stalls. It's probably not worth specifically visiting, but, of you're in the area, it's worth a look.Be aware, it can get...

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  • Market

    Greenwich has long been home to a Royal Charter Market which was originally assigned to the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital on the 19th December 1700 for 1,000 years. In 1831 the market contained traders selling live and dead meat, fish, eggs, butter, poultry, fruit and vegetables. After World War II the wholesale fruit, veg, meat and fish...

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Greenwich Local Customs

  • A Brit is to blame for daylight savings...

    I always thought that one of my own countrymen was to blame for daylight savings time, the twice a year ritual that has us all scrambling to reset all of our clocks on our VCRs, ovens, microwaves, clock radios, etc, etc, etc. Although Benjamin Franklin had the first thought of getting up earlier in the summer, it's a Brit we have to blame for our...

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  • Zeppeling flight

    A Zeppelin!!!Ok I must admitt it was just a temporary occasion and only meant for 12 passengers and 2 crewmembers on its 2-days flight over London.On Sunday and Monday a German-built Zeppelin, baptized NT Youkosu Japan was making its inauguration flight above London and Greenwich where it crossed the Greenwich meridian .It is on its way on a 10 000...

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Greenwich Warnings and Dangers

  • Steep hill to the Observatory

    There is a very steep hill to walk up through Greenwich Park to the Observatory. For anyone with walking difficulties this could prove difficult and the Observatory and the view from the top of the hill is a Greenwich must see.However there is a very easy way by using public transport to get to the top of the hill.Take the DLR from either Cutty...

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  • Traffic rules goes for every one!

    In front of the gate of Greenwich park no parking is allowed, not even for an icecream seller!The police (woman) told him friendly but firm to move his van and leave.Too late for me to run after it for an ice! `-)

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Greenwich Off The Beaten Path

  • Blackheath

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Thames Barrier

    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...

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Greenwich Favorites

  • The first marine chronometer

    'In 1730 John Harrison, a self-educated English clockmaker, created a description and drawings for a proposed marine clock to compete for the Longitude Prize. It took Harrison five years to build Harrison Number One or H1. In 1741, after three years of building and two of on-land testing, H2 was ready.Harrison spent seventeen years working on this...

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  • The Painted Hall ceiling

    'The allegorical theme of the huge and exuberant Lower Hall ceiling is the triumph of Peace and Liberty over Tyrany, and pays due tribute to William and Mary and British maritime power.'Within the oval frame are the four seasons. Beyond the arch in the Upper Hall Queen Anne surveys the continents of the world. Elsewhere much use is made of trompe...

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  • Painted Hall of Greenwich Hospital

    Painted Hall of Greenwich Hospital is probably the finest dining hall in Europe.It was decorated with paintings by James Thornhill, this decoration took 19 years to complete. 'In 1824 the Hall became the ‘National Gallery of Naval Art’ and remained so until 1930s, when its contents were transferred to the newly created National Maritime Museum. By...

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Royal Observatory
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