Get a train to Greenwich and discover a destination bursting with royal heritage and fascinating attractions.
Trains to Greenwich
Greenwich lies on the banks of the River Thames and is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historic town centre, the Royal Park and the collection of significant buildings, including the Royal Observatory, the Queen’s House and the Old Royal Naval College.
Stroll through the Park for stunning views of the London skyline and visit the Royal Observatory, home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the world – you can stand on the Meridian Line! Visit the National Maritime Museum, the magnificent Painted Hall, step aboard Cutty Sark, or shop for unique arts and crafts and delicious food at Greenwich Market. With 8.5 miles of open river front, there’s plenty to explore both on and off the water too. Take in the views on a leisurely stroll or relax on a boat trip and take in the sights from a new perspective.
Eltham Palace & Gardens is a real hidden gem and just a 10-minute walk from Mottingham station. Explore this stunning Art Deco mansion and the surrounding 19 acres of award-winning gardens.
It's about time to reconnect and visit Greenwich – check out this itinerary for inspiration. For more information and things to do, check the Visit Greenwich website.
Getting here: Take Southeastern trains to or from London Bridge or London Cannon Street to Greenwich station.
From North Kent, take trains via Chatham and Dartford or from South Kent and East Sussex take trains to London terminals and change for services to Greenwich from London Bridge or London Cannon Street.
For stations served by high speed trains, change at Stratford International for the DLR. For Mottingham, take Southeastern trains to or from London Bridge, London Waterloo East, London Charing Cross or London Cannon Street.
Things to see and do...
Check out the latest events at The O2 Arena or indigo at The O2, head to the ICON Outlet for a spot of designer shopping, meet up with friends at one of the many bars and restaurants, or go ‘Up at the O2’ and brave an outdoor climb over the iconic roof for stunning views of Greenwich and the city during the daytime, sunset or twilight!
Visit the world’s last surviving tea clipper, the Cutty Sark, built in 1869 and the fastest ship of her time. Climb on board to follow in the footsteps of those who sailed her and enjoy sweeping views of the Thames. Explore the main deck, learn how to steer the magnificent ship and pop into the Captain’s Cabin.
Enjoy breath-taking views across London from the Royal Observatory and learn how Greenwich came to be the home of time. Stand on the Meridian Line at the centre of world time where East meets West and marvel at the Great Equatorial Telescope. Discover astronomical objects and timepieces in the Octagon room, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and enjoy an unforgettable tour through the universe at the Peter Harrison Planetarium.
National Maritime Museum
Explore one of the world’s largest maritime museums that holds over 2.5 million items from ship models, flags and navigational instruments to historical art, film and photography. Discover tales of polar exploration, see a real Fijian canoe and check out the Ship in a Bottle – a replica of Nelson’s Ship, HMS Victory. Free to visit, there is a charge for special exhibitions.
Take a break and relax in the oldest of London’s Royal Parks, admiring the incredible views over the River Thames to Canary Wharf and the city. Spot Red and Fallow deer in The Wilderness area by the Flower Garden, explore the children’s playground or visit the beautiful rose garden by the Ranger’s House and explore The Queen’s Orchard where fruit and vegetables are grown (open seasonally).
Old Royal Naval College
Boasting over 500 years of history, the Old Royal Naval College is located at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is built on the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII’s birthplace. The Palace fell into disrepair during the English Civil War and it was then transformed into a Royal Hospital for Seamen by Sir Christopher Wren, before becoming the Royal Naval College in 1873. Don’t miss The Painted Hall - a Baroque masterpiece, known as ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’, which took British artist Sir James Thornhill nineteen years to complete!
Designed by Inigo Jones and the first Classical building in the UK, the Queen’s House features the Woburn Abbey art collection including works by Canaletto, Rembrandt and Gainsborough. See the iconic Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, discover the rich royal history of Greenwich and climb the iconic Tulip Stairs – the first geometric self-supporting spiral staircase in Britain.
Ranger’s House – The Wernher Collection
Located on the edge of Greenwich Park by neighbouring Blackheath, discover the history of Ranger’s House and admire the collection of over 700 art works. This beautiful Georgian villa was built in the 1720s and has been home to a naval captain, politicians, military officers, royals and Rangers of Greenwich Park. Now, it’s home to The Wernher Collection – one of the greatest surviving private art collections in Europe.
Eltham Palace & Gardens
Eltham Palace has a rich history; from its origins as a medieval palace and a Tudor royal residence to its modernisation in the 1930s by millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. The house features Art Deco architecture and design with quirky features including a golden bathroom! Discover the medieval oak roof of the great hall and cross the moat on London’s oldest working bridge in the award-winning gardens featuring a sunken rose garden and children’s play area.
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