Five Things to do on your Day-Trip to Greenwich

One of our favourite places in London is Greenwich. In fact, we purposefully used to live just within reach of it. Last Sunday we were surprised by some beautiful weather. A luxury after the miserable weather we have had as of late. This was too good an occasion to miss. So Gary and I headed out to enjoy a day by the sea, well by the river Thames.

Greenwich is very popular with tourists but I believe less so with Londoners. And yet it has so much to offer and is definitely worth a visit. Not convinced yet? Here are some quick facts for you :

  • Greenwich is Point Zero, where Time Starts and Ends. Well … At least the counting of it. Yes, Greenwich is home to the prime meridian of the world. Here you can stand in two time zones at the same time or shop in The First Shop in the World! No Really!
  • It is also a favourite location for filmmakers worldwide. Films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Thor 2, The Dark Night Rises, Les Miserables, Sherlock Holmes, Skyfall and many more were filmed here.
itinerary for a day-trip to Greenwich

1 – GREENWICH PARK

We started off the day with a stroll through the Park. It is the best place to enjoy amazing views across the City. There are many viewing points across the Park. The best one though is right next to the Royal Observatory, where a panoramic view of both the city of London and the Museum below awaits you.

Something my boyfriend and I frequently do is feed the squirrels. Squirrels are pretty tame in London and they will come right up to you for a nut. If you would like to feed the squirrels yourself you might want to head to the flower garden. You could even pop down to the deer enclosure.

itinerary for a day-trip to Greenwich - Greenwich park

2 – CUTTY SARK

Next we went to see the Cutty Sark, a famous Merchant Ship. A couple of years ago a museum was built around the ship and during construction poor Cutty Sark was nearly destroyed in a terrible fire. Fortunately, 90% of the ship survived. The museum is mainly aimed at kids, with a wide display of educative and interactive games. The ship itself is a delight to see. My favourite part was being up on deck. Do seek out one of the tour guides. They are always happy to part with information on the ship’s history and the sailor’s life on board.

If you are traveling with your children, then you might want check out-out this post about London attractions for kids for inspiration.

At this point we were starving, so before we left we grabbed a bight to eat in the cafe underneath the glazed dome. If you are planning to spend the whole day in Greenwich, you might want to buy one of the Combo tickets. The Royal Observatory and The Maritime Museum are definitely worth a visit.

3 – GREENWICH MARKET

We then walked into the town centre and headed to the market. This is one of the best markets I have come across. There is something there for everyone, from art to food. To be honest I wish we would have had lunch at one of the market stalls. While you are there don’t forget to check out 360 Degrees Vintage.

4 – BLACKHEATH

If you are a coffee addict, like me, you might want to pop into Blackheath, where the streets are line with chic French Cafes and posh bakeries.

itinerary for a day-trip to Greenwich - Blackheath

5 – DINNER AT THE YACHT

We ended the day in the The Yacht. This Pub is fast becoming one of our favourite restaurants and must be Greenwich’s best kept secret. Not only do they make the best pie I have had in my entire life, their premises are also located right on the riverfront. Every table has a panoramic view of the City of London. If you are looking for an affordable place to relax and enjoy the company of your friends, this is the Pub for you.

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10 thoughts on “Five Things to do on your Day-Trip to Greenwich”

  1. We definitely need to return to the market. We sort of stumbled across it, but next time we are in Greenwich, I think we should have lunch there. I do love a day out at the museum and the park 🙂 xx Dandy

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  2. Thank you Abby. That's really kind. And yes definitely check out the Cutty Sark. Greenwich makes for a great day out. xx Dandy

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  3. Oh!!! Thank you so much. I'm really flattered.
    I just popped over to your blog to read your post. I'm really clumsy too.

    I'll be posting my nominations very soon

    XX Dandy

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  4. You Lucky girl. We can't live directly in Greenwich because of my work (comuting and all) but we live pretty close 🙂 Oh and thanks xx Dandy

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