4 Fun Things to do in Greenwich, London with Kids
Let me begin by saying that Greenwich was one of my very favorite things about visiting London, and my only regret, too. Yes, I was actually sad that I had not allotted more time to spend there because it’s fantastic. From its quaint village atmosphere and incredible outdoor market to the beautiful Greenwich Park and Royal Observatory, this place is definitely a winner for all types of families. While I could probably go on and on about how fantastic this little town is, here’s my initial list of 4 fun things to do in Greenwich, London with kids.
1. Take a Boat Ride to Get There
Oftentimes when traveling, especially with children in tow, it seems that getting to and from your desired location can be literally exhausting. Well, not this time!
One of the very best ways to get to Greenwich is by taking a river boat down the Thames. The boats come and go at all hours of the day, which is very convenient. These boats also have areas where you can buy snacks (like chips, fruit and ice cream) and beverages (including beer and wine), as well as bathrooms. You can ride on the top with the wind in your hair or down below in the weather-proof cabin area. It’s all true. Enough said.
2. Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park is literally one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, and it’s HUGE. Really. I mean, maybe my mind has been slightly tainted by “smallish-city” life, but when I think of a park (aside from Central Park), I think of some grass, swings, slides, monkey bars and a picnic table or two thrown in for good measure. Think again!
This place has enormous sprawling grassy knolls (where kids can run free), a breathtaking rose garden, an herb garden, enormous and magnificent trees, tennis courts, monuments, statues, a wilderness deer park, a museum, an observatory and so much more. There’s simply too much to list. Just believe me when I tell you it’s spectacular. No wonder it’s a Royal Park. It’s royally awesome!
3. The Royal Observatory and Prime Meridian Line
While the Royal Observatory is technically still part of Greenwich Park, I wanted to give this place its own little shout out. After all, a visit the Royal Observatory Greenwich allows visitors to stand on the historic Prime Meridian of the world, see the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and includes London’s only planetarium.
Here you will find interactive exhibits and interesting information about the formation of stars, galaxies and our solar system, as well as a planetarium. Space lovers can even touch a real meteorite! The Royal Observatory is also an interesting place for history buffs as it has played a critical role in modern chronology.
Besides that, doesn’t everyone want to snap a photo off the line that divides the earth’s eastern and western hemispheres? If for no other reason, go for the photo opp and straddle the line with one foot in the east and one in the west!
4. The Greenwich Market
Find everything from delicious and freshly prepared foods to antiques, clothing, jewelry, art and much more at Greenwich Market. This is one of the greatest spots, in my family’s opinion, to grab some fantastic grub and pick up some of the coolest, one-of-a-kind souvenirs, too.
While there are a few permanent shops within the market area, most of the vendors, including those selling food, are all lined up in long aisles or rows. The store vendors and the street food that’s offered can change daily, but you will always find a huge variety and selection, as well as many foods from different and diverse ethnic backgrounds.
For example, my family not only purchased some antique jewelry and a handmade scarf, we also chowed down on everything from mini pancakes and a huge cheeseburger to vegetarian Ethiopian nibbles, Chinese soup with fresh, handmade noodles, just-baked macaroons and a vegan cookie, too. Yes, this place is awesome!
While these are four great things that we were able to experience during our trip to Greenwich in London, there are many more that we didn’t get the opportunity to do including: visit the Cutty Sark or the Old Royal Naval College, climb over the O2 arena, check out the National Maritime Museum, enjoy the art in the historic Queen’s home and much more. If you’ve experienced any of these things to do in Greenwich that we missed, do tell. We’d love to hear any insider information!
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Know Before You Go
- If you invest in the Oyster card, you can gain passage to the underground railway system as well as the bus system.
- Gin and Tonic is a popular drink in Britain. The City of London Gin Distillery allows you to create your very own gin.
- You can get a city tour through SmallCarBigCity. They’ll drive you around in your own Mini Cooper, which can add a fun dimension to exploring the city.