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Greenwich is a town, now part of the south eastern urban sprawl of London, on the south bank of the River Thames in the London Borough of Greenwich.

Greenwich is about an hour boat ride from downtown London and is a great "day trip".

The Greenwich Hospital was founded in 1694 as the Royal Naval Hospital for Seamen.

The hospital was established as a residential home for injured sailors, on the model of Les Invalides and the Chelsea Hospital. The charity now funds sheltered housing for former Royal Navy personnel and the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook in Suffolk.

Here you will find:

Architecture by Sir Christopher Wren, Inigo Jones, Sir John Vanbrugh etc.;

The centre of space and time, Greenwich Mean Time and Longitude 0° at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park;

The birthplace of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary I;

The National Maritime Museum;

The Old Royal Naval College Built originally as a hospital for veteran sailors;

The Cutty Sark, Britain's last surviving tea clipper.

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  • Pros:full of history
  • In a nutshell:enjoy the magnificent views, architecture, history and atmosphere
  • Last visit to Greenwich: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Feb 3, 2011
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Interesting tips. I love looking at old chronometers and such. Once I walked to Greenwich through the tunnel under the Thames, but I didn’t have time to see much when I got there.

    • kris-t's Profile Photo
      Dec 5, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Thank you. Yes, I wish we had more time to spend there too.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2006 at 5:53 PM

    Interesting Greenwich page - thank you for visiting my pages.

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