Greenwich is for everyone

Friday 17 January 2014
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Many visitors to London think it takes too long to get to Greenwich but it's only 30 minutes by boat from London Eye Pier so it's easy to have a day or half day in Greenwich.

 © Laura Porter Admiring the view in Greenwich Park
© Laura Porter

 

  The Thames Clippers commuter service is the best way to get to Greenwich as you can enjoy it as a sightseeing river cruise in central London and then after Tower Bridge it speeds up for the journey to Greenwich.

© Laura Porter © Laura Porter

 

 

Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre

This should definitely be the first place everyone visits. It's in one of the buildings that makes up the Old Royal Naval College and it's straight ahead when you get off the boat.

© Laura Porter © Laura Porter

 

As well as the local Tourist Information Office, Discover Greenwich has permanent exhibitions about Greenwich's history. The Meantime Brewery is also here if you're ready for some local ale.  

Suggested Itineraries

There is so much to do in Greenwich I could talk all day but it might be easier to offer these suggested itineraries based on who you're with or what you enjoy doing.

 

The Painted Hall © Laura Porter The Painted Hall
© Laura Porter

 

 

Greenwich for Free

© Laura Porter © Laura Porter

 

I'll be honest, the free ideas always get my attention so here's a plan for a free day out in Greenwich that includes walking under the river Thames, museums, galleries, the royal park and where to get that photo standing over the prime meridian line without paying to go in the Royal Observatory. See the Greenwich for Free Itinerary.

 

Adventure Day

© Laura Porter © Laura Porter

 

If you want to avoid the museums and get some excitement into your life this is the itinerary for you. It includes climbing over The O2, a trip on London's only cable car crossing the Thames and rolling down a very big hill. See the Greenwich Adventure Itinerary.  

Family Day Out

© Laura Porter © Laura Porter

 

If you're bringing the kids then Greenwich has plenty to offer. I'm a big fan of the free costumed talks at the National Maritime Museum and if you see the female pirate is scheduled then don't miss her as she is hilarious. This day plan includes driving a train, running around in a royal park and a top tip on the best ice-cream spot. See the Greenwich Family Itinerary.

The female pirate at the National Maritime Museum © Laura Porter The female pirate at the National Maritime Museum
© Laura Porter

 

 

If you'd like to stay in Greenwich for more than a day I can recommend Devonport House which is which is on the World Heritage Site and is right next door to the National Maritime Museum.

Devonport House © Laura Porter Devonport House
© Laura Porter

 

  This has only touched on the enormous amount there is do in Greenwich. For more ideas do see: www.visitgreenwich.org.uk   Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site and also Laura’s London for Anglotopia.net. She fits in further freelance writing while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival the Queen’s. Laura is @AboutLondon on twitter and @AboutLondon Laura on Facebook. You can find out more about her at about.me/LauraPorter and see Laura’s other articles on the Visit Britain Super Blog.

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