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London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

1. London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

Admire the views of London's most iconic sights with a cruise on the River Thames. Cruise to Greenwich to see London's historical sights from the River Thames. Journey past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Tate Modern. Choose between either a one-way or round-trip journey, with skip-the-line entry, and avoid the queues at the ticket office as you go straight to board the boat. Listen to the live audio commentary as you enjoy the comfort of a modern but traditional vessel. Admire the pyramid structure of The Shard and see other monuments from London's historic waterway. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London's landmarks. Stop at Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, and Tower Bridge Quay before arriving at Greenwich Pier. Feel free to explore the charms of Greenwich on your own terms, and see sights such as Greenwich Market, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park, and the Royal Observatory which are all within easy walking distance from the pier.

London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

2. London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Enjoy a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • The View from the Shard • Tower of London • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • The Painted Hall • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House • The Royal Mews • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • Golden Hinde • Wellington Arch • Chelsea Physic Garden MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • London Transport Museum • Foundling Museum • Household Cavalry Museum • Charles Dickens Museum • Guards Museum • Cartoon Museum • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art • Wernher Collection at Ranger's House • Fan Museum • London Canal Museum • London Museum of Water and Steam • Garden Museum • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Queen's Gallery • Pollocks Toy Museum • The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Curzon Bloomsbury • Curzon Mayfair Cinema • Curzon Soho Cinema • Swingers Crazy Golf (City and West End venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • Fuller's Brewery Tour • 20+ London Sights and enoy Fish & Chips - Top Sights Tours • 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours • Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours • Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour • London Bicycle Hire • Brit Movie Tours • QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours & more! Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

London: Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass

3. London: Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass

Make your way to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, which is located in Greenwich Royal Park. As you do, enjoy dramatic views of London across Greenwich Royal Park, the City of London, and the River Thames. Once inside, pick up an audio guide with ten languages available.  Your visit will begin in the Meridian Courtyard. Stand astride the Prime Meridian Line with one foot in the east and the other in the west at the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The tour will take you through Flamsteed House, where you will walk in the footsteps of the Astronomers Royal. Visit the Octagon Room, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and is one of the best preserved Wren interiors in London. See Harrison’s clocks, the inventions that changed the world. Discover the Shepherd Gate Clock mounted outside, which was the first clock to show Greenwich Mean Time to the public. Learn about the discoveries of great scientists and inventors based at, or associated with, the Royal Observatory including Harrison, Newton, Halley, Bradley, Maunder, Harrison, Airy, and Einstein. The bright red Time Ball on top of Flamsteed House is one of the world’s earliest public time signals and was first used in 1833 and still operates today. Do not miss the Great Equatorial Telescope in the huge iconic onion dome, which gave astronomers new views of the universe over 100 years ago Head down the hill towards Cutty Sark, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper, which was celebrated for her record-breaking passages around the globe. Come aboard and experience what it was like to sail this much-loved national icon. Initially built for the China tea trade and launched in 1869, Cutty Sark’s original wooden planks and iron frames have been meticulously conserved. As part of an ambitious six-year conservation project, the ship was raised over three meters, giving visitors the unique opportunity to stand directly underneath this world wonder and see her elegant lines and ground-breaking design. It has now been developed into an award-winning museum and visitor experience. Your entrance ticket will allow you to explore her in full. Discover what life was like on board a true survivor of the seas. See the sailors' quarters and take the helm at the ship's wheel. Stand on the main deck and marvel at the towering masts and 11 miles of rigging and enjoy fabulous views of the River Thames. Continue to The Queen's House, a pioneering piece of 17th-century architecture designed by Inigo Jones. View the spectacular art, architecture, and history of this beautiful royal villa. Be sure to stop by The National Maritime Museum, the largest museum of its type in the world. There you'll discover epic stories of exploration and endeavour that helped shaped the world.

Greenwich Highlights Half Day Tour

4. Greenwich Highlights Half Day Tour

Starting at the Greenwich Visitor Centre, you'll walk along the River Thames towards the nearby Old Royal Naval College, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. See the famous Painted Hall, with its magnificent murals and painted ceiling, and other important sites of the Old Royal Naval College. From there you will walk up to the world famous Greenwich Royal Observatory, site of the Prime Meridian. Here visitors will see the line that divides the Western and Eastern hemispheres of the globe. Another highlight here are the unique clocks that occupy the Observatory museum, designed by Harrison, which eventually solved the "longitude" problem for seafarers. Following the visit to the Observatory, walk down to the largest maritime museum in the world: the National Maritime Museum. Britain's seafaring past and history as a naval power is on showcase here. You'll have the opportunity to rest your feet and enjoy a tea or coffee here. From here, your guide will take you aboard the world-famous clipper ship Cutty Sark. In her time, at the very end of the Age of Sail, she was the fastest ship on water. Newly restored for a staggering price tag of 50 million pounds, she was reopened to the public on May 1st, 2012. The tour ends at the historic Greenwich Market, home to art galleries, antiques and amazing street food.

London Greenwich: "Where Time Began" Exploration Game

5. London Greenwich: "Where Time Began" Exploration Game

Embark on an adventure and learn about the history of Greenwich on this fun exploration game. Solve challenges and let the story unfold. Unlock the exact directions to the next location by cracking the clues. Begin your game at the Maritime Greenwich DLR station. Enjoy the game which takes around 1.5-hours to complete. Feel free to explore and finish it at your own pace as there is no time limit. Pause the game and resume at any time from the location where you paused it. Finish the game at the famous Cutty Sark. Play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop.

London: Thames Cruise to Greenwich with Private Guide

6. London: Thames Cruise to Greenwich with Private Guide

Enjoy unique views of London on 1 hour cruise down the River Thames, and see historic attractions such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and HMS Belfast. Depart from the pier by Westminster, and head east towards Greenwich. Marvel at some of the most iconic monuments en route, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and towering pyramid of The Shard. Upon arrival in Greenwich, take a walk in Greenwich Park and enjoy panoramic views over London. Go to the Royal Observatory and see the Prime Meridian Line that divides the world into its eastern and western hemispheres. Alternatively, visit the National Maritime Museum and learn more about Britain’s maritime history. Return to central London on the driverless Docklands Light Railway (DLR), passing the contemporary buildings and converted warehouses of the Docklands, now one of London’s most luxurious neighborhoods. See the space-ship like Millennium Dome and the original Canary Wharf tower, one of the tallest towers in the United Kingdom.

National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Tour

7. National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Tour

Visit the National Maritime Museum in London, the world's largest maritime museum, on a 3.5-hour tour designed for lovers of all things naval and maritime. Experience 500 years of British naval power and traditions. The Museum houses over 2 million artifacts from which exhibitions are drawn. On your tour you’ll see Turner's wonderful painting of the Battle of Trafalgar, which he completed in the 1820s. The king at the time, who had the painting commissioned, was apparently not impressed with Turner's realism depicting the horrors of war. For this reason the masterpiece is not hidden away in a royal palace, but is on display in a public museum. You’ll also be able to visit the Nelson, Navy, and Nation gallery with its paintings, weapons, and exhibitions about Horatio Nelson. See the jacket Nelson was wearing when he was shot and killed by a sniper in 1805. His body was brought back to Greenwich to lay in state, in the Painted Hall, for 3 days as thousands of British citizens came to pay their respects. Visit the poignant Atlantic Slave Trade Gallery as well. Midway through the tour, you’ll stop at the smart Museum café, where you can enjoy tea, coffee, and other refreshments.

The "Best of Greenwich" Day Tour

8. The "Best of Greenwich" Day Tour

The 'Best of Greenwich' day tour is both informative and fun. It's an entertaining and eco-friendly way to experience the magic of maritime Greenwich. See the amazing Painted Hall in the Old Royal Naval College, where movies such as Johnny Depp's 'On Stranger Tides' were filmed. Marvel at the elegance of Sir Christopher Wren’s architecture, the same architect who also designed St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Straddle the Prime Meridian - the very center of world time and space - at the Greenwich Royal Observatory. See the amazing clocks of John Harrison, the man who would eventually solve the " longitudinal problem " for mankind. Climb aboard the magnificent tea clipper Cutty Sark, now fully restored to her original splendor. Appreciate the naval and maritime paintings at Queen's House. You'll also get to enjoy a lovely pub lunch by the River Thames. Put on your favorite walking shoes and let your entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide show you all the historic sights.

London: Royal Greenwich Private Full-Day Tour

9. London: Royal Greenwich Private Full-Day Tour

Discover one of London’s most beautiful neighborhoods on a private tour of Greenwich. Home to the Cutty Sark, Prime Meridian time line, and antiques and craft market, it’s the perfect day out in an area of London that is often overlooked by tourists. Your guide will collect you from your hotel and accompany you on the short journey by tube and DLR (Docklands Light Railway). Upon arrival in central Greenwich, you are faced with a host of options. Though village-like in atmosphere, Greenwich boasts a wealth of historic attractions. Go to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park, and stand on the Prime Meridian line. Put one foot in the eastern hemisphere, and one foot in the west. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Isaac Newton, who once worked in the Observatory, or just admire the views from the top of the hill. Go to the Royal Naval College, built as a hospital for disabled sailors, and later used as a Royal Navy training college from 1873-1998. The sumptuous buildings by Sir Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor and Sir John Vanbrugh have featured in countless movies. Hardcore naval fans can visit the Naval Museum, but everyone should see the Chapel and Painted Hall. One of the highlights of Greenwich is the newly restored Cutty Sark, one of the last - and fastest - tea-clippers to serve the tea trade between China and England. Reopened to the public in 2012 after a devastating fire, the new museum allows you to walk beneath her hulls, and to climb aboard and put yourself in the shoes of the crew! Then, find some delicious street food in Greenwich Market.

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What people are saying about National Maritime Museum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5,153 reviews

Great trip and loved the commentary finding out all sort of history about the buildings that line the river. Would recommend. Definitely start from Westminster - great view of Houses of Parliament and London Eye from a different perspective.

Guides on river were amazing. Funny commentary, pointed out all the main attractions and the route down was lovely. Weather was fantastic views were amazing. Highly recommended.

Great trip from Westminster to Greenwich. All the interesting points along the bank of the Thames were pointed out by a member of the crew.

Lovely experience. Took your from Westminster to Greenwich and back

It was a lovely sunny day out on the top deck. Well stocked bar