Discover Royal Greenwich - more about the past and future...
Sunday 11, November 2012
After a sporting summer which showcased its riches to a global audience, the Royal Borough of Greenwich is encouraging visitors to 'Discover More' in the light of the wonderful success of London 2012.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich - on the banks of the River Thames in South East London - is a stunning location steeped in history, with magnificent attractions and open spaces and it offers an unrivalled cultural experience.
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During the summer, the world was given a small taste of everything on offer to visitors when Royal Greenwich hosted 34 Olympic and Paralympic events, producing some of the most iconic and enduring images of London 2012.
The last twelve months have seen some of the most significant moments in the Royal Borough of Greenwich's history.
After achieving Royal Status in recognition of its long-standing ties with the British Monarchy in February, the eyes of the world then focused on Royal Greenwich as it hosted the Equestrian, Shooting, Archery, Gymnastics, Basketball, Modern Pentathalon and Wheelchair Basketball events during London 2012. Unprecedented visitor numbers enjoyed a whole summer of sport, events and festivals across the Royal Borough.
We are now inviting visitors to come back and discover more. Why not visit for a day or come to stay for a longer time in the Royal Borough, when you can experience the full variety of attractions on offer.
The borough has a rich history and architecture, from the splendour of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site in Greenwich Town Centre, to the stunning riverfront and remarkable architecture of the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich; and from the magnificent Eltham Palace to Greenwich Peninsula, one of London's most exciting new destinations and home to the world's most successful entertainment venue, The O2 Arena.
Free of charge attractions
One visit barely scratches the surface of this London location which boasts one of the most impressive collections of visitor attractions in the UK - the vast majority of which are free of charge to visit.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is home to an unrivalled set of visitor attractions, including:
- the newly restored Cutty Sark tea clipper, re-opened by HM the Queen in April 2012
- the magnificent National Maritime Museum which includes the spectacular new Sammy Ofer Wing which opened at the end of last year
- the Royal Observatory and the Queen's House in Greenwich Park. Alongside the National Maritime Museum, these three fantastic attractions make up Royal Museums Greenwich
- the Prime Meridian Line in Greenwich Park - the Home of Time
- Discover Greenwich visitor centrethe Old Royal Naval College
- Greenwich Park, the oldest of London's Royal Parks
- vibrant Greenwich Market
- the Wernher Collection at Ranger's House (English Heritage)
- historic St Alfege Church - which commemorated the 1,000th anniversary of the martyrdom of Alfege in April 2012
- the award-winning Greenwich Tourist Information Centre which won Silver in Visit England's Awards for Excellence 2012
- the unique Fan Museum, in Greenwich town centre
- magnificent art deco Eltham Palace, the former home of Henry VIII (English Heritage)
- The O2 Arena, the world's most successful entertainment venue. Greenwich Peninsula also boasts a superb selection of cafes, bars and restaurants and a cinema
- Up at The O2 - a newly opened skywalk experience over The O2 Arena
- the new Emirates Airline cable car crossing, the UK's first urban cable car with stunning views across London
- the Thames Barrier and visitor centre
- Jacobean Charlton House
- Greenwich Heritage Centre at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich
- the Firepower Museum at Woolwich Arsenal - the fascinating museum of the Royal Artillery
- the Thames Path - one of the most impressive stretches of the walk which takes in the Royal Borough's 8.5 miles of stunning waterfront
- The Green Chain Walk - which takes in miles of green open space across the Borough and beyond, offering splendid views and a taste of the countryside
- three piers at Woolwich, Greenwich Peninsula and the newly refurbished Greenwich Pier through which thousands of visitors arrive by boat every day.
Coming soon to Royal Greenwich
- London's first cruise terminal and a luxury hotel development at Greenwich Peninsula
- the magnificent Royal Arsenal Berkeley Homes development, providing thousands of quality new homes in stunning surrounds with waterfront views
- one of Europe's most ambitious regeneration projects at Kidbrooke Village, creating a new urban community with sleek apartments and modern family homes
- Greenwich Peninsula, where a derelict gas works has been transformed into one of London's most exciting new destinations with 10,000 new homes, a thriving new business district, grade one office space, bars, restaurants and The O2 Arena complex
- the major redevelopment of Woolwich town centre, including new public open spaces, an inviting new public square and a major new supermarket and housing development called Woolwich Central
- the Heart of East Greenwich site, which will include new homes, a new leisure centre and a new Royal Borough service centre with health facilities
- a number of new hotels are also opening across the Royal Borough catering for all markets - from luxury accommodation and new boutique hotels to budget rooms.
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