Known for its maritime history, Greenwich is a borough in London, England, on the banks of the River Thames.
Greenwich benefits from its strong transport links across London via bus, tube, rail and riverboat. Greenwich is very well connected by public transport to central London’s iconic attractions.
Home to a rich navel heritage, river boats sail regularly from Westminster, Embankment, London Bridge City, Canary Wharf and Tower Piers. The fastest route by river boat to Greenwich is on MBNA Thames Clippers’ catamarans, which depart every 20 minutes:
- From London Eye Pier within 40 minutes
- From London Bridge Pier within 25 minutes
- From Tower Pier within 20 minutes
City Cruises are a great option for sightseeing trips with its hop-on, hop-off ticket offers, live commentary (free audio guides available in other languages) and cruise experiences that include lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.
- From Westminster Pier and London Eye Pier in 70 minutes (180 minutes return)
- From Tower Pier in 30 minutes (70 minutes return)
Thames River Services is the oldest established passenger sightseeing company on the Thames, also offers river services to Greenwich:
- From Westminster Pier in one hour (two hours return)
- From St. Katharine Docks in 20 to 30 minutes (one-hour return).
For further water-based fun in the area, hire a pedalo or rowing boat in Greenwich Park during the warmer months! Alternatively, experience the Thamesjet and Thames RIB Experience for a faster-paced ride.
An active part of the railway train system, Greenwich Station connects to central London via Southeastern trains. Both London Bridge station and Cannon Street station can be reached in less than 15 minutes.
Taking advantage of the most popular form of public transportation in London, North Greenwich tube station, strategically located next to The O2 and the Emirates Air Line cable car, connects to Canary Wharf in 1 minute, London Bridge in 8 minutes, Westminster in 13 minutes and Bond Street in 18 minutes.
Home to the famous O2 arena, Greenwich is known for its lively nightlife ranging from a World Heritage Site to London’s only cable car and London’s oldest Royal Park.
Rich in history, Greenwich is home an array of cultural attractions. Cutty Sark Greenwich, build in 1869 to carry tea back from China, is famous for its record-breaking passengers. Here visitors can delve into the adventures of the iconic ship, and see what life was like on board.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich explores how great scientists first mapped the seas and the stars in Charles II’s magnificent Christopher Wren-designed Octagon Room – dating from 1675. Marvel at the Great Equatorial Telescope, the UK’s largest historic telescope which gave astronomers new views of the universe over 100 years ago.
Within the National Maritime Museum Greenwich, there are fourteen different galleries to explore. In the Pacific Encounters gallery, visitors can reflect on the complex legacy of European exploration and how this has shaped the Pacific as we know it today. Experience the lives of both ordinary seamen and famous historic, such as Christopher Columbus, Elizabeth I, and Francis Drake in the Tudor and Stuart Seafarers gallery.
Queens House Greenwich is considered one of the most important buildings in English architecture. Through the grand doors, you’ll find yourself in admiration of the classical décor of the impressive Great Hall. The cube-shaped building has a striking marble floor, with a black-and-white geometric design originally laid in 1635.
The historic Greenwich Market some of the best Britain designer makers showcasing handmade gift ideas from arts and crafts, to homewares and accessories. The street food cuisine expands across the world, including vegan and gluten-free options.