Greenwich
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Set on the south bank of the Thames, approximately five miles from central London, this city borough is rich in maritime history and features the Old Royal Naval College, National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, which was built by Sir Christopher Wren for King Charles II.
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Neighbourhood: Greenwich
Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the very concept of global time was established at Royal Observatory, just one of several buildings of architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park and a number of related buildings (and one world famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
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  • Coco L
    Hong Kong, China37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great weekend trip!
    My friend lives in Greenwich. She showed us around in this beautiful place. We went to see the famous Greenwich Meridian (hard to notice, btw). It’s a good place to spend a day. Basically, you can eat fish and chips in local restaurants along the river bank, pay a visit to a farmers’ market (not sure if it opens daily as we went there on weekend), and hike to where the Bridgeton series was filmed. If you still have time, check out historic buildings nearby. When we were there, a lot of locals visited Greenwich for their weekend getaway. It’s amazing to see British ladies wearing their stylish hats wondering in this quaint town. It feels like traveling back to time. Btw, you can take a ferry back to downtown London and enjoy the riverview. Can’t recall the exact price but it was not expensive
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 May 2023
  • SonomaNut
    Sonoma, California1,166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For Time and Navigation Nuts
    This is your deal, or not. Not to be missed if your a time and navigation nut. How did you get around before GPS? If you want to know, head to the Observatory on the hill and Museum in the park. Don’t miss the holy grail of clocks, known as H1, made by Harrison in 1735. It’s still ticking away. Great place for interested kids. BTW, the Cutty Sark and boat trip along Thames are excellent too.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Deb W
    Reno, Nevada2,571 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice green space to stretch your legs
    What a great area to get away from the crowds of London. We took an Uber boat. Once at the dock the Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory were within walking distance. There are shops, a market and restaurants in the area.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 May 2023
  • Chloe Thomas
    Russell Springs, Kentucky993 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Half Day Trip
    Greenwich is a perfect half day trip from the London city center. Take a ferry, ride the cable cars, or Uber over. We rode the cable cars over, and a ferry back. Both cool experiences. The town is adorable and of course very similar to London, who is right across the river. I recommend taking the bus to the Greenwich Market. There you will find food and shopping vendors. The Old Royal Naval College and Greenwich University are fun to walk around. Beautiful area.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Sai
    Bengaluru, India13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good transportation around and a very nice place to walk.
    Greenwich is a large and beautiful place. Very good ways of public transportation. There is thameslink, national rail, DLR and Uber Boat. The Jubilee line(North Greenwich) and the cloud car cable (IFS Cloud Greenwich Peninsula)are 2miles far away. There are many places to see. There is the Greenwich Market, The Royal Observatory and Old Royal Naval College Greenwich.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
  • MilkTeaGirl
    Toronto, Canada74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cute town and very scenic! Great day trip from London!
    Worthwhile stop for a half day trip! You don’t need to spend a lot of time in Greenwich if you’re on a tight schedule but definitely recommend checking it out for a few hours! The boat ride to Greenwich is a nice break from all the walking in the city and great way to see the city on the water as well!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • New_Yorker_47
    Atlanta, Georgia39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Greenwich a must see all day event
    Greenwich is a beautiful town outside of London. It was my first time there (been to London more than a dozen times) and it did not disappoint. If you are into sailing or anything Maritime it is well worth the trip. The best way to get there is by Uber boat, but please remember to check in and off the boat or you will be charge for the entire route. The Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Queen's House and other attractions are all within walking distance. I would recommend not booking anything in advance, because if it rains it will be a miserable trip. We had a gorgeous day, plan to take the entire day so you can grab lunch in town and visit the sites which in most cases are free to the public.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 October 2023
  • mj
    Maryland27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out!
    What a fantastic way to spend the day! A beautiful Georgian town with lots of interesting things to check out. Definitely worth having a stroll around and going to the museums. Every place we went was very welcoming and informative. Be prepared to do a lot of walking, the tired feet at the end of the day are worth it!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Peter
    Vancouver Island, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful and fun day out
    We took advantage of a Real Socializing coach tour to Greenwich. It was a smart thing to do given the traffic density. What a day out! Part of the cost of the tour covered a guide assisted exploration of how the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College have been used, in particular for movies. This was a fun and informative experience. There’s so much to see and do in Greenwich. We chose to walk by theThames, which gave us spectacular views of the Cutty Sark. We also walked up to the Royal Observatory. Pie and mash had been recommended to us for lunch. We complied and were glad we did. Overall, a tiring but wonderful experience, made that much easier by not having to drive home
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 October 2023
  • Martin P
    Watford, United Kingdom133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant day out
    This is a fantastic full day and I mean full day out for the family. There is so much to do here and most of it is free. You have to pay for the Observatory but that is well worth it. The museum is free and is a really good museum. The pavilion Caffe at the top of the grounds is well worth a visit for lunch . We got the boat bus from West Minister to Greenwich and the views were amazing. Highly recommended
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 November 2023
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Macy L
Brigg, UK3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Market is fantastic, the street food amazing . I'd recommend a visit to the fudge shop . Delicious 😋.
Parking is a huge problem. £7 a hour . Come on your having a laugh there. Outrageous charges and certainly won't be paying that again. I'd recommend to park at Greenwich Park and enjoy the lovely walk down to the market .
Written 5 April 2024
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Norma Coreen S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
An educational, fun experience for everyone. Our guide, Suzy, was exceptionally well informed and brought history alive with anecdotes and her way of explaining.
Written 18 March 2024
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Liz
London, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This weekend enjoy the daffodils in the Royal Naval College and see the progress on reforming Le Notre's Giant Steps in Greenwich Park.
Written 8 March 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Greenwich has so much more to offer than the observatory, so allow ample time to visit some of the other attractions So close to London CBD, yet it feels like a somewhat different world.
Written 2 March 2024
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Karen M
Kirkwall, UK670 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Great area to spend a day. The park is huge & easy to stroll around, apart from the hill - but the views from the top across London are worth it.
From arriving at the pier by boat, to wandering the quaint streets of Greenwich. Free access to the Maritime Museum - which has loads of exhibits.
The Greenwich observatory was very good - but a costly £18 per adult to get in.
You can see the Cutty Sark as you come along the river - great views from along side - have to buy a ticket to look inside.
Tried Goddard's of Greenwich pie shop - great choice, tasty pies & reasonable prices.
Also, went to Dark Sugars chocolate shop - you know it's going to be expensive when there are no prices displayed !! Smells lovely inside & a good variety of chocolates, but wasn't overwhelmed with what I bought !!
Written 30 January 2024
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA6,672 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Charming little town loaded with shops and pubs.

A little something for everyone here. Great way to spend s few hours away from the hustle and bustle of London.

Lots of nautical history.
Written 8 January 2024
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Diane S
Bath, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Greeted with warmth and humour by the lovely Nicolai. He was very pleasant and my sister’s husband had stayed the week before and advised us to ask for floors 4,5 and 6 after a recent refurbishment. Not to be disappointed we were treated to these and they were off excellent upgrade. We had additional queries and he answered very professionally and with patience and care. He then served us at the bar to. A very professional approach to us and any given situation. A credit to you as an employer of him and how he managed himself. He made a great first impression to us all.
Written 21 November 2023
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Martin P
Watford, UK133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This is a fantastic full day and I mean full day out for the family. There is so much to do here and most of it is free. You have to pay for the Observatory but that is well worth it. The museum is free and is a really good museum.

The pavilion Caffe at the top of the grounds is well worth a visit for lunch .

We got the boat bus from West Minister to Greenwich and the views were amazing.

Highly recommended
Written 13 November 2023
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Peter
Vancouver Island, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We took advantage of a Real Socializing coach tour to Greenwich. It was a smart thing to do given the traffic density. What a day out! Part of the cost of the tour covered a guide assisted exploration of how the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College have been used, in particular for movies. This was a fun and informative experience. There’s so much to see and do in Greenwich. We chose to walk by theThames, which gave us spectacular views of the Cutty Sark. We also walked up to the Royal Observatory. Pie and mash had been recommended to us for lunch. We complied and were glad we did. Overall, a tiring but wonderful experience, made that much easier by not having to drive home
Written 17 October 2023
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mj
Maryland27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
What a fantastic way to spend the day! A beautiful Georgian town with lots of interesting things to check out. Definitely worth having a stroll around and going to the museums. Every place we went was very welcoming and informative. Be prepared to do a lot of walking, the tired feet at the end of the day are worth it!
Written 15 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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