Monday, 17 August 2009

A great day in Greenwich (London)

A day out to Maritime Greenwich is a day that everyone in the family will enjoy. Situated on the River Tames, Greenwich is a beautiful spot: the landscape and parkland is serene, with gorgeous views in every direction, and the architecture is spectacular. It is also home to several historic landmarks, of so much significance to Britain's magnificent maritime history and royal past that it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

GreenwichIt will make the day more fun if you travel there and back on different forms of transport and by different routes. You could, for example, take the Docklands Light Railway out, and a riverboot back, so you'd see two completely different aspects of London.

Start with the Greewich Maritime Museum; established by an Act of Parliament in 1934, its collection of maritime art, manuscripts, maps and navigational instruments is the last word on Britain's seafaring history. The old Naval College, close by, is a domed, architectural gem, built by Sir Chiristopher Wren. Inside you can visit the Painted Hall, possibly the finest dining hall in the world, decorated with paintings by James Thornhill. This is where Nelson's body lay in state after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar.

GreenwichAnother must visit at Greenwich is the Royal Obervatory. From the Observatory you have a great view of the Thames and London. Founded in 1675 by Charles II, it has recently been upgraded and re-developed. This is the site of the Prime Meridian, the place from which everywhere on earth is measured, to the east or west of the line. If you stand with one foot on eigher side, you are standing in both of the world's hemispheres. The new, state of the art Planetarium runs a mumber of wonderful shows; inspiring and educational, there's even one for the under fives.

The Queen's House, designed in 1616 by inigo Jones and site of the Martings, belonged to James l's wife, Anne of Denmark. James I is said to have given Anne the manor of Greenwich as an apology ofr swearing at her in public when she shot one of his favourite dogs in a hunting accident.

Greenwich Park Greenwich Park

Where to stay: to find a suitable and cheaper hotel in London Greenwich, click on it.
LoveTravel recommends you the Hotel De Vere Venue Devonport House, situated on the prestigious World Heritage site in Greenwich, London. This spectacular historic building has been sympathetically restored to offer a fantastic combination of 4-star facilities in traditional surroundings. Room rate from £59 per night.


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