See where time begins on this walking tour around Greenwich.
The tour starts on the north bank of the River Thames where you can admire the famous view of Greenwich as painted by Canaletto. You'll walk under the river, using the century-old foot tunnel which was once used by dockworkers to emerge to the striking view of the famous Tea Clipper, the Cutty Sark. The tour ends at the top of Greenwich Park where you'll find the former Royal Observatory, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and see the actual Meridian Line. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity of visiting the Discover Greenwich Museum with displays covering the history from the original medieval palace to modern times, and you'll see the iconic buildings of the former Royal Naval Hospital and the Queen's House.
By the end of the tour, you'll discover:
• Why the Tea Clipper is called the Cutty Sark
• Where Sir Walter Raleigh laid his cloak so Queen Elizabeth I could avoid getting wet feet
• How Christopher Wren came under budget when constructing the Royal Observatory.
• The river steps where Queen Elizabeth I knighted Francis Drake, and Queen Elizabeth II knighted Francis Chichester
• Where Lord Nelson lied in State, while the sailors who carried his tomb drank the brandy in which his body had been preserved on its way from Trafalgar
Allow an hour to 90-minutes to complete and get the most out of this walk. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and bars in Greenwich town centre including the famous Trafalgar Tavern where you can stop for a drink or have a fresh seafood lunch about halfway through the tour.