Greenwich - World Heritage Site
Set on the banks of the River Thames in south east London, Maritime Greenwich is a World Heritage Site famous for its splendid, historic landmarks including the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and the Old Royal Naval College.
Greenwich is famous as the home of time and the Prime Meridian. The dividing point between the eastern and western hemispheres is marked by line and laser at the Royal Observatory. Every place on earth is measured from here.
Greenwich is also home to the historic Greenwich Market, Clocktower Antiques market, a diverse range of independent shops and boutiques, thriving bars, restaurants, cafés, theatres and live entertainment venues as well as the glorious expanse of Greenwich Park and the 140 year old Cutty Sark, which is currently under restoration and due to reopen in 2012.
But Greenwich isn’t just about the past - The O2 arena, on the rapidly developing Greenwich Peninsula, is the most successful entertainment venue in the world and it’s right on our doorstep.
The British Music Experience, just inside The O2, is an unmissable interactive museum of popular music, where there are hands-on displays and amazing artiste memorabilia about the musical moments that have defined our lives.
Greenwich becomes a Royal Borough in 2012 and will also be an intrinsic part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Greenwich is hosting some of the most thrilling events in the Games including the Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon which will take place in the extensive grounds of Greenwich Park. Woolwich Barracks will be home to the Shooting events and the North Greenwich Arena will host Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline Gymnastics and the Basketball finals during the Olympic Games and then, a few weeks later, Wheelchair Basketball during the Paralympic Games.
With so much to see and do, Greenwich is ideal for an exciting weekend break with a great choice of hotels and B&Bs that appeal to every taste and budget. And travelling to and from Greenwich couldn’t be easier with regular fast Thames Clippers services to central London, Docklands Light Railway trains every few minutes and London Underground and Southeastern Trains providing speedy services to and from London and the south east.
Stay the night and spend the next morning rummaging through arts and crafts, vintage clothing and designer boutiques in the vibrant and atmospheric Greenwich Market.
Try wandering along to the Fan Museum – dedicated to the art and history of fans, there’s no other museum like it in the world. Then it’s a pleasant, short, stroll through the beauty of Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory and, although there’s a bit of a hill to climb before you reach the gates, the panoramic views back across London from the top make the walk worthwhile.
Once inside, you can stand with a foot planted firmly in each hemisphere as you stand astride the Prime Meridian, and contemplate the wonders of the heavens as you wander through the Observatory’s absorbing galleries.
Down the hill, the National Maritime Museum houses one of the world’s finest collections of maritime objects and artefacts including the bullet-holed jacket that Lord Nelson was wearing at the Battle of Trafalgar when he suffered his fatal wound. Summer 2011 sees the opening of the Sammy Ofer Wing, at the museum, with state of the art galleries and extra exhibition and library space.
The Old Royal Naval College, just across the road from the museum is one of the most impressive examples of extravagant, baroque architecture anywhere in the world. As well as the beautifully decorated Painted Hall and Chapel you can find out about the colourful past of the Old Royal Naval College and Maritime Greenwich in a new £6 million contemporary cultural venue, Discover Greenwich. The exhibition centre tells the continuing story of the Old Royal Naval College and Maritime Greenwich and also houses the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre and The Old Brewery, a restaurant, micro-brewery and bar built on the site of the old seamen’s brewery.
Breathtaking views and the beautiful architecture of Christopher Wren and Inigo Jones blend with riverside pubs and the hustle and bustle of Greenwich Market to create a unique and uplifting atmosphere. Only 20 minutes from Trafalgar Square, Greenwich really does have something for everyone.
Brief GROUP TOUR Itinerary:
DAY of DEPARTURE
Depart from your choice of pick up point in your hometown giving plenty of time to make the leisurely journey to Greenwich. Regular comfort stops and a lunch halt will be made en-route as traffic dictates
On reaching the hotel, the driver will unload the luggage for immediate check in. The rest of the evening is free at leisure
DAYS in RESORT
Free time in Greenwich, take your choice of day excursions, stay 1,2,3,4 or 5 nights or more
DAY of RETURN
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to the hotel and its staff and rejoin the Five Star Travel coach for the return journey home. Comfort stops will be made at regular intervals when time and traffic allows
We will collect you from your chosen pick up point(s) in a choice of 25, 29, 35, 49, 51, 74 or 83 seater coaches.
Is provided in 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms with private en-suite facilities
A limited number of single rooms are available at a small supplement, maybe even free if the hotel is willing
Most hotels provide evening entertainment of some form, you will be advised on which nights when booking
All rooms are booked on a bed & breakfast cooked basis.
An evening meal option is available at a supplement on any nights of your stay
Optional Extra Night(s)
Why not stay extra night(s) and spend more time in resort or have a choice of optional day excursions
Day excursion ideas, when extra nights booked:
Local Tourist attractions:
All itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to suit your group requirements