Obviously Greenwich is not where time originated but it is where the world time reference is taken. Who has not heard of the Greenwich Meridian?
But in addition to the meridian and the observatory where it is located, the Greenwich neighborhood is a very special place and a very pleasant excursion that you can take on your visit to London.
By the way, very few people know how to pronounce the name correctly. It sounds something like “grenich”. That’s why if you go to London and try to pronounce it as logic tells you, no one will understand you.
What to do and what to see in Greenwich
Without a doubt the most interesting monument is the Greenwich Observatory.
Today it is not used as such but it houses a museum of objects related to astronomy and watchmaking.
But the main attraction of this observatory, founded in 1675, is the Greenwich Meridian, which is taken as the origin of the meridians.
It is typical to take a photo with one foot on each side of the meridian to take a nice memory of the place.
But before reaching the Observatory, which is located on top of a mountain located in Greenwich Park, the first thing that will catch your eye will be the Cutty Sark.
It is the last sailing ship that transported tea between England and China in the 19th century, which is currently in dry dock as a museum and which gives its name to the famous Whisky.
And another of the interesting buildings that you can find in Greenwich is the National Maritime Museum.
The buildings that house it are a World Heritage Site. The museum has a large collection of objects, works of art and books related to the history of the United Kingdom and the sea.
The best views of the buildings are obtained from the observatory.
In addition to these places of interest, in Greenwich you have many palaces, stately homes and churches with a peculiar architecture that will make it a wonder to walk through its streets. And many restaurants where you can eat.
Also in Greenwich you can visit the Market and the pubs that surround it where you can find antiques, typical products and gift items. It is completely worth a visit because its atmosphere is very welcoming.
How to Get to Greenwich
There are several ways to Greenwich. One of them is the DLR to Cutty Sark station. But the best way to get there, although slow, is by boat. You can take one in the Westminster area or also in Tower Bridge and enjoy the views you get. You will see all the monuments of London from the Thames and you will enjoy like nobody else. Next to the Greenwich Pier you have the Cutty Sark.
You can find more information on the official Royal Museums Greenwich website.