Greenwich has to be one of my favourite places to visit in London, I can go time and again and never get bored with the views, the beautiful architecture and the general buzz of the place.
Greenwich is situated in south east London located within the Royal Borough of Greenwich and sits on the banks of the River Thames. It is notable for its maritime history and giving its name to the Greenwich Meridian, the town was also given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997. Places worth a visit are the Old Royal Naval College, the Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park, the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum. It’s well worth spending at least a day here and best of all a lot of the attractions are free to visit.
This is the first of what I’m calling my “Photographic Collections” where I hope to showcase somewhere by just using a series of photo’s. I hope you enjoy it!
Views of Greenwich.
Views of the Old Royal Naval College.
The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren’s twin domed riverside masterpiece. The buildings stand on the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence. Originally designed as a refuge for old and injured sailors in the 1690’s, the site later became a training college for officers in the Royal Navy.
Inside The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College.
The magnificent Painted Hall is recognised as the greatest piece of decorative painting in England. Sir James Thornhill spent 19 years painting the interior with imagery celebrating the royal family and maritime power.
Inside The Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College.
The neoclassical Chapel was redecorated by James “Athenian” Stuart after a disastrous fire in 1779. The Chapel reflects Stuart’s Greek influences, and is still an active place of worship.
The National Maritime Museum.
Established by an act of Parliament in 1934 the world’s largest maritime museum was opened in Greenwich by King George VI on 27th April 1937. The museum houses various artifacts both fun and educational including Nelson’s actual Trafalgar uniform.
The Queens House.
In 1616 Anne of Denmark, wife of James I commissioned Inigo Jones to design and build the house. It was his first important commission and the first fully Classical house seen in England. The house was fully finished in 1635. It now houses the Maritime Museums fine art collection as well as an ongoing programme of temporary displays and exhibitions.
Greenwich Park & Views from it.
A former hunting park and one of the largest green spaces in south east London, it is now part of the Royal Parks and was the first to be enclosed in 1433. The park hosts the Prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory as well as being part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site. From the statue of General Wolfe the park offers spectacular views across London.
The Royal Observatory.
Home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian Line, The Royal Observatory is one of the most important historic scientific sites in the world. Founded by Charles II in 1675, it is by international decree, the official starting point for each new day, year and millennium.
The Cutty Sark.
One of the last British Tea Clippers to be built and one of the fastest, holding the record for travelling from Australia to England for ten years, the Cutty Sark has been berthed in Greenwich since 1954. Re-opened after a devastating fire in 2012 the restored ship looks even better than before.