Visiting Greenwich, London

photo by Visit Greenwich on Flickr

London has many famous districts, some of which are known for their parks, palaces and famous inhabitants, others for their fancy shops and shopping districts, or their cultural and historical attractions. But one of the districts that most people first hear about, before knowing about everything else that London has to offer, is Greenwich – kids all over the world hear the name in geography lessons when they learn about meridians. Them Prime Meridian was established at an international meeting in Greenwich, and hence the name. But of course, there’s much more to Greenwich than geographical facts, and for centuries it has been the famous maritime district of London, and in 1997 became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are several great attractions that you should see when visiting Greenwich, London, and here are some of them.

The Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark is one of the most famous ships in the UK, despite the fact that it stopped sailing a long time ago. The Cutty Sark was a clipper used for tea and wool trade, built in 1869  and transporting wares as far as to Australia. In 1953 the ship was dry-docked and put on display in Greenwich, and it is one of the only three ships in London from the Core Collection of the National Historic Ships Register.

Eltham Palace

photo by Visit Greenwich on Flickr

If you like Art Deco architecture, then you can find the best example of it in Greenwich, in the guise of Eltham Palace. On the outside, this unoccupied royal residence looks rather glum, but once you step foot inside you discover a treasure trove of Art Deco elegance. Both the palace and the garden are open to the public, but keep an eye out for shady tour guides – the palace supposedly has a ghost who has sometimes given tours of the grounds!

Greenwich Park

When you are in the green and lush Greenwich Park, you can truly leave the urban jungle of London behind for a while. This beautiful and peaceful park is home to several interesting historic buildings, like the Queen’s House, Old Royal Observatory, the old Royal Naval College, and the National Maritime Museum. The park also offers great views of the River Thames to Docklands and other parts of London. The park and the buildings withing, as well as several other attractions on this list, form the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fan Museum

Eltham Palace, photo by Gary Bembridge

Are you a fan of fans? If so, then you absolutely must visit the fan museum, the largest museum in the world dedicated to fans. The museum is focused on every aspect of fans, fan making, fan decoration and even the cultural meaning of fans. Over 3500 antique fans from all over the world are exhibited in the halls of the museum. Pay your homages to these ubiquitous instruments used for cooling, ceremonial purposes, status symbol or accessories.

 

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