Very close to the centre of London, Greenwich offers a unique blend of contemporary bar /restaurant culture, a thriving market and fascinating maritime history.
When the weather is fine, Greenwich Park makes a delightful picnic venue; on a rainy day, the museums, shops, boat trips, cinema and theatre will always provide good entertainment and a fun day out for all the family.
It boasts one of London's finest and oldest Royal Parks - an attractive setting for the Royal Observatory (also known as Flamsteed House) and Planetarium. The Observatory was designed in 1675 by Sir Christopher Wren who as well as being an acclaimed architect and mathematician was also a highly respected astronomer.
Because of this early dedication to the pursuit of knowledge in the field of astronomy, Greenwich became known internationally as the centre for observation of time (GMT) and space.
The Meridian Line - sometimes referred to as the Zero Line of Longitude or the Prime Meridian of the World - runs from the North Pole to the South Pole directly through the Observatory in Greenwich. Visitors flock to straddle the brass inset in the pavement and be photographed with feet set firmly in different time zones.
Close to the Observatory is The Ranger's House with formal rose garden and an unusual collection of fine artefacts and paintings.
Nearby are The Tea House, the Bandstand (with summer concerts), the deer enclosure and a vast lake (home to many unusual species of water fowl).
On the lower North side of Greenwich Park stretches the National Maritime Museum with its stunning Colonnades and The Queen's House built by Inigo Jones. Close by are the ever popular children's boating pool and playground.
Following the devastating fire on 21st May 2007, the Cutty Sark tall ship (launched 1869) is undergoing a massive refurbishment programme. The Cutty Sark Visitor Centre has re-opened; vistitors can see 'Nannie' - the famous carved ship's figurehead and browse a full range of gifts and souvenirs available. On the cobbled forecourt leading to Greenwich Pier stands the Southern entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel which provides pedestrian access under the Thames to Island Gardens on the opposite bank.
In the narrow walkways surrounding the Old Covered Market visitors can browse a host of tourist, antiquarian and specialist shops.
The promenade in front of the Old Royal Naval College leads to picturesque riverside pubs and restaurants with spectacular views of the Thames, Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome.
Greenwich Theatre on Crooms Hill, provides excellent entertainment throughout the year - staging high quality productions and events.
Greenwich Picture House
The Greenwich Picture House, Greenwich High Road, has three screens and a top rate programme (including late night and matinee shows).
180 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich London SE10 8NN
0142 691 9+44 20 for Programme Details
+44 20 8 293 0101 for Credit Card bookings (small fee)