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Discover England's Rich and Royal Maritime History
To do Greenwich properly, you should really arrive by boat. After all, this is the site of the former Tudor palace that was home to Henry VIII, which is now buried beneath the Old Royal Naval College — a former hospital for wounded sailors turned training establishment for the British Navy. Those beautiful Christopher Wren-designed buildings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) are worth the trip alone — and free to enter — but the National Maritime Museum is a fascinating attraction, telling the story of how Britannia came to rule the waves. As well as a roster of constantly changing exhibitions, the museum incorporates entry to the Royal Observatory where you can stand on the Prime Meridian, and there's the famous Cutty Sark, the only remaining ship of its kind. As for getting there and away, take the Thames Clippers service for a view of London from the river.
By Emma John, AFAR Local Expert
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Ships, Stars and Stuff for Kids
A 20 minute boat ride along the Thames will bring you to Greenwich Park, home to The National Maritime Museum, Old Royal Naval College, the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line. Greenwich Park is considered the most historic of the Royal Parks and has the most to offer families. The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark are all part of Royal Museums Greenwich. The Maritime Museum is nirvana for sea loving family members and has great interactive activities for kids. The beautiful and historic clipper ship, Cutty Sark, offers children under-5 exploration backpacks and has “family trail” activities to keep everyone engaged. A short hike uphill brings you to the Royal Observatory, the Planetarium and the Greenwich Prime Meridian. If you don’t have time to visit the historic Flamsteed House or don’t fancy waiting in line to stand on the Prime Meridian, walk beneath the Prime Meridian courtyard area and take your picture where the Meridian line exits the fenced-in area. When the kids are worn out from crawling all over ships and creating their own sea adventures, take a few minutes to enjoy the beautiful park, open space and great views of London.
By Megan, AFAR Local Expert
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