#makeheritagefun event Maritime Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom 12.06.16
When visiting the World Heritage Sites of Maritime Greenwich, you may well feel that you are not actually in London! Despite its unique and self-contained character, however, it is only a short and easy journey away from central London.
On arrival at the ‘Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich’ station via the Docklands Light Railway (aka DLR), turn left down the pedestrianised street on to the main street, where the signpost directs you towards the World Heritage Sites of Maritime Greenwich.
On the left, the Cutty Sark, built in the 19th-century, one of the few surviving examples of the clipper, the fastest ship-type of its day. Damaged twice in fires, she was recently refurbished and looks brand new, shiny and attractive since being surrounded by glass walls exposing the hull.
The Thames Foot Tunnel, to the left, near to the Thames, go down the spiral steps for a slightly scary and very echoey walk under the river to the other side of the river.
Back on the Greenwich side of the Thames behind the Cutty Sark is the Old Royal Naval College building featuring an information and discovery centre where you are welcomed by several frescoes of famous figures from British naval history, including Lord Nelson himself.
Walk along the premises of Old Royal Naval College to the stunning Painted Hall, a well-kept secret that’s like stumbling across a second Sistine Chapel. The hall was constructed in the 17th-century as a dining space for naval veterans and has often been called the finest dining hall in Europe.
Across the road from the Old Royal Naval College, is the National Maritime Museum, a free museum devoted to maritime and naval history.
Next to the National Maritime Museum is the Queen’s House which was undergoing refurbishment at the time of this visit but contains an impressive collection of art royal artefacts. The house was built in the 17th-century in a traditional Tudor style with an elegant interior and was used by members of the royal family.
Facing away from the museum and house, you can spot the Royal Observatory. Walk across the park up to the top of the hill (a bit of a steep climb!) to reach the Observatory from which the Meridian Line originates, where you can also see the Shepherd’s Gate Clock and Planetarium.
The top of the hill provides a breathtaking view of London.
After visiting the various World Heritage Sites of Maritime Greenwich, it is worth exploring the historic town centre where you will find traditional shops and market stalls, a local brewery, etc.
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