What's not to love? Greenwich has a mix of open green spaces, educational options for bigger kids and great selection of cafes and restaurants. It's the perfect family day out destination!
We love it because... Greenwich is so close to central London, yet has a different feel as you wander around the huge Royal park and busy town. It's not like many places in London, with such large green space and still being on the river, plus its bustling market in the centre. There's so much on offer, it's the perfect place to spend the day either aimlessly wandering around and absorbing the atmosphere, or for an educational trip, soaking up history of the naval site.
We spotted... There's an endless list of things to see and do in Greenwich. To give you a little taste, here's just a sample...
The HUGE park, perfect for scooting and skating and even rowing on the boating late. For older kids there's The Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark - all perfect for your little knowledge sponges! All of these have entry fees but if you're not keen to go in, they're wonderful sights to see from outside, and they usually have a couple of freebies near the entrances too (like the meridian line outside the observatory). For those with little ones in prams or mums to be, the park is a great workout because there are so many hills!
There's also lots of lovely little cafes and restaurants in Greenwich (including our regular fave, Jamie's Italian) - perfect for a well deserved caffeine or calorie fix. When the weather's not so good, there's a Greenwich Picturehouse for some indoor entertainment. And we always love the covered Greenwich Market, selling a range of tasty treats as well as locally-produced arts and crafts.
Top tip... If you're visiting Greenwich for the day, make sure you wander over to neighbouring Blackheath. The huge heath is often spotted with people flying kites, children playing and groups of walkers. It leads down to a lovely village, full of gorgeous shops, cafes and restaurants to take your pick from.
You can also take an exciting trip through the Greenwich foot tunnel, which takes you to the other side of the river into the Docklands. This historic (if a little spooky) tunnel is inexplicably fascinating to kids of a certain age!