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Greenwich, London

Greenwich is a borough in southeast located along the southern bank of the meandering River Thames. The area was the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and was once a popular resort in the 18th century. For most, Greenwich is where the west meets the east, where the world sets its clock that gives the name Greenwich Meridian and Greenwich Meantime (GMT).

Besides being the global reference for time keeping, Greenwich offers visitors its maritime history, scenic riverfront, grandeur architecture, a royal park and popular market. Greenwich is an area of great historical importance and the part known as Maritime Greenwich is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make the most of your visit to Greenwich by visiting the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre for information about attractions in the area.

Looking south across Greenwich by Gürkan Sengün

History & Architecture

Greenwich is home to many buildings of historical and architectural significance that date back to the Georgian and Victorian era. Maritime Greenwich comprises of historical sites that include the old Royal Observatory, Royal Naval College, Queen's House and Greenwich Park. Founded in 1675, the Royal Observatory is the official starting point for each new day at the stroke of midnight. Situated on a hill, Greenwich Park offers picturesque views of the Docklands across the River Thames.

Greenwich Park and the Queen's House by Morio

The Royal Museums Greenwich comprises of four museums in Greenwich. The National Maritime Museum is the heart of the Royal Museums Greenwich and devoted to maritime and navigational history. Queen’s House has a significant collection of paintings and portraits from the 17th to 20th centuries. The Cutty Sark was one of the last clipper ships built until gradually replaced by steamships and now a museum ship.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is located on a hill and once played an important role in astronomy and navigation and now a museum. A modern addition to the old observatory building is the 120-seat Peter Harrison Planetarium where you can journey into space, travel through the Solar System and explore distant galaxies.

Royal Observatory Greenwich by CGP Grey

Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market is an historic market that dates back to the 18th century and was initially a produce market. The market today actually comprises of a number of smaller markets close to each other. It is a lively and colourful market of small shops and stalls offering a range of items including art, craft, antiques, collectibles, books and clothes. The market is famous for its traditional British foods served by the restaurants and cafes and popular dishes include fish & chips, pies, sausages, mash and puddings.

Greenwich Market by Daniel Case

Visiting Greenwich

To get to Greenwich, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) stops at Cutty Sark Station (situated in the centre of Greenwich) and Greenwich Station. Trains departing from Cannon Street, Waterloo, London Bridge and Charing Cross railway stations stop at Greenwich and Maze Hill railway stations. Several boat operators under the London River Services operate from piers at Westminster Bridge, London Eye and Tower of London to Greenwich Pier.

Greenwich on the Map

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