Royal Palace, Royal Navy: sea power & sceptres, the heart of the British Empire
Come on a walk on the 0-degree Meridian through the Royal Borough of Greenwich, by the beautiful river Thames. See the stunning architecture of Sir Christopher Wren.
Tour the historic Royal Naval College (as seen in in many a Dickensian drama and recently Les Miserables) and enjoy the 'finest Baroque interior ever created by an Englishman' in the breathtakingly vast dining hall.
Hear how Henry VIII made Greenwich royal; discover the rum characters that populated the famous navy hospital; find out how Nelson won the Battle of Trafalgar; and hear how tough life was in the navy of the 1800s.
See the Tulip Stairs in the Queen's House and the elaborate ceiling of the chapel where many a sailor prayed for a safe return.
Follow in the footsteps of the men and ships that sailed from this part of London to conquer the globe.
Then finish off in the Greenwich market (fish & chips optional). If you're feeling fit, maybe we'll take a hike up the hill to the Observatory.
We'll start by the newly restored Cutty Sark tea clipper then take a walk into the grounds of the Naval College. We'll see the famous chapel, dining hall and domes of Sir Christopher Wren.
Then we'll stroll over to the Queen's House for some art and to hear about King William and Queen Mary.
If you're feeling fit, there's the Observatory at the top of the hill, or we can just 'observe' it from the bottom.
Alternatively there's the maritime museum, the market and some great pubs to round off the tour with some 'grog'!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Under the bow of the Cutty Sark tea clipper. You can't miss it, it's the high-masted historic sailing ship near to the boat jetty, Edwardian under-Thames tunnel and DLR (light transit) stop.
End location: We will finish in or around the centre of (tiny) Greenwich.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Everything is really close and walkable here. Once you're arrived (on DLR or train or boat) we don't need to worry about that.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 £ - You will need any Oyster card (£5 p/p deposit) if you're coming by subway. The only other money you'll need is for any food if you work up an appetite being by the water.
I am not a driver; we have a wonderful - and comprehensive - public transport system to enjoy here.
I am not a Blue Badge guide but have 12 years experience and four continents under my guiding belt.
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We did a tour with Simon and we were thoroughly pleased with the experience. My wife and I were traveling with our two teenage grandchildren who were on their first trip outside the USA. Simon was very engaging and did a great job of providing a wealth of historical background as we made our way around Greenwich. My wife and I lived in London for three years some time ago and we too learned a lot from Simon's tour. We would highly recommend him to any friends that might be traveling to London