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Introduction

Greenwich

Greenwich

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Famous for ships, the observatory and Greenwich Mean Time, the Borough of Greenwich (pronounced GREN-itch) benefits from being slightly out of the tourist limelight compared to other central London boroughs. There's plenty to do to keep a visitor occupied here - parks, boats and historic buildings galore. Maritime Greenwich, a district in the borough where all the maritime attractions are located, was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

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Sights and Activities

  • Greenwich Park - London's oldest enclosed Royal Park. Entrance is free.
  • Royal Observatory - Home to Greenwich Mean Time. Entrance is free.
  • National Maritime Museum - A maritime museum with over two million objects in its collections. Entrance is free.
  • Queen's House - Built in the early 17th century, originally for Anne of Denmark, the queen of King James I of England. It now serves as a museum and art gallery. Entrance is free.
  • Cutty Sark - A 19th-century clipper ship, unfortunately damaged by arson in 2007 - currently undergoing restoration work. It will reopen in 2009.
  • Greenwich Foot Tunnel - A Victorian-era tunnel under the River Thames.
  • Old Royal Naval College - Formerly a Royal Navy training establishment between 1873 and 1998. Currently used as buildings for the University of Greenwich. The Chapel and Painted Hall are open for visitors. Entrance is free.
  • Greenwich Market - A covered market selling mainly antiques, arts and crafts.
  • The O2 is a multi-venue arena and shopping plaza. Many concerts and events are held at this venue, formerly known as the Millennium Dome. For a list of upcoming events, check The O2 website

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Getting There

By Train

Greenwich is served by the Docklands Light Rail and the Jubilee line, as well as national rail services.

For Greenwich Park, including the Royal Naval College, Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark, take the Docklands Light Rail to Cutty Sark station.

For the O2, take the Jubilee line to the North Greenwich station.

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. An alternative includes TNT Post.
It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.

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