Greenwich – Long History Mostly Connected With The Navy
A little further away from the city’s centre, Greenwich has a long history mostly connected with the Navy. Furthermore, this district is also famous for giving its name to the Greenwich Meridian of 0° longitude and the Greenwich Mean Time – GMT.
Located on the banks of the eastern section of the Thames, Greenwich was the traditional base of the Royal Navy. Today it houses many interesting touristic attractions including an observatory, the Royal Naval College, a park and a museum.
One of the most intriguing features of Greenwich is the Cutty Sark, the last remaining tea clipper from the 19th century. Built-in 1869 this vessel set the record for passage from Australia under sail. Today it is preserved as a museum ship and it has become a popular tourist attraction. Google
If you want to find out more about the UK’s magnificent trips to the furthest corner of the Empire then you should definitely visit the National Maritime Museum. Its impressive collection features the history of the Royal Navy since the Tudor Dynasty. Apart from several displays and interactive exhibits, visitor can admire some of Turner’s seascapes and portraits of seamen by Reynolds and Gainsborough.
One of the most interesting and unique experience a tourist can have here is being able to stay right on the zero meridians of longitude which goes through the Meridian Building of the Royal Observatory. The zero meridian divides the world into eastern and western halves and it is marked by a steel rod in the floor. Inside the Royal Observatory, which was founded in 1675 by Charles II, tourists can admire a beautiful collection of old astronomical instruments, but also the largest telescope in the UK and an amazing planetarium, all housed under the impressive dome of the Equatorial Building.
Greenwich also boasts the oldest royal park in London, dating back to 1427. The 183 acres Greenwich Park was designed by French King Louis XIV’s gardener and it features several beautiful gardens and the Prime Meridian Line. The best part of the park is the fact that visitors get to admire some of the most impressive views over the city and the river, particularly at sunset.