Published 02 Aug 2021
Buying a home in Greenwich?
9 things to do in the area!
5 min. read
If you're planning on moving to the area soon – or even if you are already living here – it's a great way to find out what makes Greenwich such a lovely place to live.
Greenwich is a sophisticated yet casual neighbourhood, featuring historic buildings, as well as some of London's most stylish cafés, restaurants and new-build homes. A popular place to live with locals and tourists alike because of its close proximity to the Thames River.
1. Royal Observatory Greenwich
Visit the home of Greenwich Mean Time and stand with a foot in each hemisphere at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Drop by and learn about the night sky and how scientists first mapped the seas and the stars (without actually going to sea or into space!). The Royal Observatory is home to some amazing telescopes, such as Britain’s largest refracting telescope, a 4.5-billion-year old asteroid and is the only planetarium in London!
2. Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark is a unique visitor attraction, providing access to areas normally only visible from above the water line. It's the world's last surviving tea clipper, which was built at the end of the golden age of sail. Discover what life was like aboard the 19th-century ship, find out how it brought tea from China and walk beneath the hull that made it one of the fastest ships of its time. The Cutty Sark Trust offers you a unique opportunity to get involved in preserving history while enjoying some exhilarating sailing and discovering our incredible maritime heritage.
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3. Greenwich Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, Greenwich Park is the country’s oldest Royal park, after Richmond. The former hunting grounds is still home to a small herd of deer, as well as the Prime Meridian Line, Royal Observatory and several cafes. The park covers an area of over 1,640 acres (6.9 km2) and is roughly circular in shape with a diameter of around 2.25 miles (3.6 km).
As the sun sets, take your evening stroll through the deer-filled Royal Park and relax with a coffee or cocktail at one of the park’s historic venues. On a clear evening, you can see as far as Dartmoor in the distance. When you get back to Greenwich, head up to the top of Fort Kochi for stunning views over the Thames, and Trinity Church.
4. Greenwich Market
Thoroughly rooted in the community, Greenwich Market is home to a host of local businesses offering unique gifts for all occasions. From designer antiques to designer interiors, vintage collectables to seasonal gifts, our carefully curated shops are sure to have something that will make your friends or loved ones smile. Our market also offers food stalls serving iconic dishes from around the world as well as local favorites. With seven days a week of shopping, browsing or feasting―there’s always plenty to do!
5. Old Royal Naval College
Take a walk through the stunning grounds of the Old Royal Naval College to admire its incredible cast of famous figures, from Elizabeth I to Admiral Lord Nelson. View spectacular architecture, including Wren’s iconic domes and curved lines. Or enjoy a spot of lunch overlooking the river in St Katharine Docks. On display at all times are extraordinary exhibits, including a complete model of London and scale models of famous ships, each with hands-on activities for visitors to engage with history.
6. Queen's House
Built on the orders of James I to impress his queen against all odds, this royal mansion was designed as a haven of grandeur for Queen Anne of Denmark. A perfect blend of art, architecture and royal history, Queen's House is more than 400 years old.
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7. National Maritime Museum
This Greenwich museum presents a fascinating account of Britain's maritime history. It charts the life of great British heroes, including Admiral Horatio Nelson and Charles Darwin, amid stunning original exhibitions about science and exploration. This museum houses many fascinating objects including a First World War submarine and the Union flag that flew over Buckingham Palace from 1948-52.
Explore what Britain is best known for in maritime history at National Maritime Museum.
8. Uber Boat by Thames Clippers
With Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, you can explore the impressive sights from an entirely different perspective. Delight in the best views of London while you are on your way to Greenwich. With our high-speed catamaran, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, you can journey between central London and Greenwich Pier via beautiful open waterways with breathtaking views. Board at Tower Bridge or Westminster Bridge for fast meandering journeys along the River Thames. Services run every 20 minutes throughout the day; touch in and out with your Oyster card.
Check the timetable and plan your journey at thamesclippers.com
9. Emirates Air Line cable car
The Emirates Air Line cable car is a unique tourist attraction offering sweeping views of London. Experience the ride on board this world-class attraction and be awed by the city skyline at night when you journey to 90m (295ft). As a visitor or homeowner in Greenwich, experience this unique way to see the capital from a new perspective.
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