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Top Things to Do in Greenwich London

It’s not just that Greenwich is one of the most beautiful areas in London; not just that it’s a hip, vibrant neighbourhood with lots going on. Greenwich is a special place that captures the spirit of London culture and makes it clear to the world.

This small borough has more history hidden within it than ten other districts combined. Greenwich is a seat of royal heritage, a place of scientific progress and a symbol of Britain’s global influence. Let’s look closer at what makes Greenwich so special by finding the top nine best things to do here.

Marvel at the Greenwich Observatory

Greenwich Observatory

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Royal Observatory was where we invented time. Learn the story of how Greenwich Mean Time was conceived and how it shaped the world as we know it today.

Have a picnic in the park

Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park is one of the city’s most beautiful scenes. From the hillside, you can get one of the best views of London, including the most important buildings on this list, like the Queen’s House and Old Royal Naval College.

See the deer

"Sticking together..." Fallow Deer - Taken at Royal Greenwich Park, London. UK

That’s right – live deer inhabit Greenwich Park. Visit the Deer Park and say hello to our four-legged friends.

Explore the Old Royal Naval College

Painted Hall

Originally conceived as a hospital for retired seamen, the college was designed by Christopher Wren and has been Greenwich’s architectural centrepiece for hundreds of years. Take a walk around this beautiful building to learn, and make sure you check out the famous painted hall.

Drop in on the Queen’s House

Queen's House, Greenwich

This former royal residence is a beautiful and storied 17th-century building. It’s a crucial part of the Greenwich landscape and reflects key moments of its history.

Visit the Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark 01

Spend some time exploring this beautiful clipper, and you’ll discover the fascinating world of 19th-century Britain. It was used to carry trade goods on a 122-day sea journey all the way from the UK to China and has continued to inspire travellers ever since.

Stuff yourself at the Greenwich Market

Greenwich market

This nick-nack and the street food market are among the best in the city. With many local producers and up-and-coming food businesses to explore, it’s a great place to get a taste of London’s brimming culinary scene.

Go to the National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum. Greenwich, London.

A part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, the National Maritime Museum is now home to a unique collection that explores the rise and fall of Britain’s maritime trade empire. It’s one of the best places to learn why Greenwich is so important.

Take a tour

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

There’s so much to see and learn in Greenwich that we recommend you don’t try it all alone. You’re bound to miss out on something! Take a look at our Attractions to get the most out of your visit. You’ll even get to approach this gorgeous location via one of its most scenic routes – the River Thames.