GMT Greenwich Mean Time, Prime Meridian of the world. Birthplace of Henry VIII
For those of you intrigued by time, distance, mercantile and naval history, architecture and THE TUDORS, this is a must tour:
Join me for this fascinating tour which combines the history of our Royal Family since Henry VI.
The Royal Observatory: the historic home of British astronomers, Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World. Stand on the East and West hemispheres simultaneously!
The National Maritime Museum, the largest of its type in the world with over 2 million objects.
The Cutty Sark sailing ship, the only surviving 'Tea Clipper' in the world today. Pace the deck of the fastest ship of her day!
The Queen's House, the first Paladian structure to be built in Britain. Built as a 'Palace of Pleasure' for the queen of James I and by our first builder to be called an 'architect'.
The Old Royal Naval Hospital, once the training centre for the Royal Navy, and even before that for the injured and retired seamen who had served the Navy from the 1700s until 1869. Hear their stories!
We shall start from outside Tower tube station and then take the Docklands Light Railway to Greenwich, passing over Docklands on a high-level train line which is a tour in itself. This area is often called 'Manhattan on the water' and you will see why.
The Cutty Sark is in dry dock next to the river where we start our Royal Greenwich tour. After this we proceed through and into the Old Royal Naval College grounds, now used by Trinity College and Greenwich University. The tour proceeds uphill to the Queen's House and the National Maritime Museum, finishing at its highest point at the Royal Observatory. According to the group, we will break for lunch during the day. There are many options in the vicinity, depending on what the group would like to eat.
At the end of the tour, there is the option of returning as we came, or by river boat, a Thames Clipper. There is much to see along the River Thames as we head back into town. I recommend an Oyster Card for public transport.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meet outside Tower tube station at 9am in order to board the Docklands Light Railway to Greenwich. However, it is possible for me to meet you at your hotel if you are not confident with London travel.
This is a full-day tour, however, we could do a half-day tour which would be equally fascinating, although less comprehensive.
End location: Tower tube station unless requested to return to the customer's hotel. An alternative method of return would be via the Thames Clipper which travels upriver from Greenwich to Central London
Duration: 8 hours
A shorter half-day tour could be arranged which would be less inclusive
We will be using public transport, thus an oyster card is desirable. Transport includes the tube, overground railway and/or Thames Clipper. A fair amount of walking between sites and a steepish hill up to the Observatory.
My services as a Blue Badge guide. Entry into the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House and the Old Royal Naval College are free. The famous Painted Hall is presently closed for renovation, but in the Spring we are expecting limited access for conservation tours for which there would be a charge.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 pounds sterling - This will cover the cost of entry into the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory, combined ticket of £18.50, and for food/drink and public transport. Entry to the other sites are free. Some special exhibitions will cost extra.
The Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark entry fees. Lunch, and public transport. Special exhibitions and restoration tours would be extra.
I guide using public transport and/or on foot. I can arrange private transport if required.
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Our 2nd of 3 days with Dianne, having done her excellent Highlights of London tour on the 1st day. We had seen Greenwich in '05 with a private guide, but for some reason hadn't seen the Cutty Sark & National Maritime Museum. Don't miss them. While at the Museum our 2 sons wanted to see a short film on the WWI Battle of Jutland. As I mentioned in my comments on her Highlights of London tour, Dianne is flexible. Unlike some guides, if she is unfamiliar with a subject, she will let you know.