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"National Maritime Museum" National Maritime Museum Tip by Durfun

National Maritime Museum, London: 16 reviews and 33 photos

  Greenwich Complex, from River Thames
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  • Greenwich Complex, from River Thames - London
      Greenwich Complex, from River Thames
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  • Greenwich Complex, with Queen's House centred - London
      Greenwich Complex, with Queen's House centred
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  • Grand Vista from the Park - London
      Grand Vista from the Park
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  • Tulip staircase, Queen's House - London
      Tulip staircase, Queen's House
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  • Looking up the Tulip staircase - London
      Looking up the Tulip staircase
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Greenwich Palace, which is now the Old Royal Naval College, is where Henry VIII was born. He went on two marry two of his six wives there. His daughters Mary and Elizabeth, who would later become monarchs themselves, were also born at the palace.

Henry VIII was very fond of ships, and Greenwich was well sited for visiting the new shipyards at nearby Deptford and Woolwich.

Although the palace Henry would have known is no longer standing, the land on which Greenwich Palace once stood has since become a world heritage site and the home of the Old Royal Naval College.

To the east of the Naval College is the Trinity Hospital almshouse, founded in 1613, the oldest surviving building in the town centre.

Behind the former Naval College is the National Maritime Museum housed in buildings forming another symmetrical group and grand arcade around the Queen's House, designed by Inigo Jones. Continuing to the south, Greenwich Park is a Royal Park of 183 acres, laid out in the 17th century and formed from the hunting grounds of the Royal Palace of Placentia.

Explore Britain's encounter with the world at sea from the 16th to the early 20th centuries. Steer a ship into port, learn about waves and tides, see how our lives depend on the ocean and hear the story of human exploration.

National Maritime Museum* Mon–Sun 10.00–17.00 (Nelson's coat with fatal bullethole!)
Queen's House* Mon–Sun 10.00–17.00 (cool geometrical floor design, nice hall)
Royal Observatory* Mon–Sun 10.00–17.00 (where Western/Eastern hemispheres meet!)

Whilst here, why not visit the Royal Observatory & the Prime Meridian? See the next tip!

Address: Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Directions: Cutty Sark DLR, then walk through the scenic, historic quarters.
OR The Greenwich foot tunnel from the southern end of the Isle of Dogs, across the river Thames.
OR come on a boat!!

Phone: +44 20 8858 4422

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 7, 2010
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