Greenwich – London Travel Guide

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Ever wondered what it’d be like to gaze at London from across the Thames, surrounded by verdant green lawns, bustling crowds and the towering white stone columns of the National Maritime museum? If so, Greenwich is definitely worth a visit. Nestled against a bend in the river, this historic location is packed with impressive landmarks like Greenwich Park, The Royal Observatory and The Old Royal Navy College. It’s also home to a fabulous market and some beautiful panoramic views - ideal if you’re in the mood for sightseeing, culture or a spot of light shopping. Located in the South East of London, Greenwich can be reached from our ferry port at Dover on the south coast of England within a couple of hours, providing fast and easy access from France and mainland Europe.

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Getting to Greenwich

Getting there

The port at Dover is the closest major destination that DFDS operates and is less than two hours’ drive to the very centre of London. The M20 motorway leads straight from the Dover area to the M25 London circular, from which accessing any of London’s districts is straightforward. Alternatively, the port at Newhaven is also just a short distance from London, with the M25 accessible in around an hour via the A26, A23 and M23.

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How to get to Greenwich

How to get to Greenwich

From the city centre, Greenwich can be reached via the Docklands light railway, with regular services from Lewisham, Canary Wharf, Stratford and Bank. Greenwich is also served by two traditional rail stations - Greenwich and Maze Hill, which link to Charing Cross station for easy city centre access.

If you’d prefer to drive, the Cutty Sark Gardens car park is strongly recommended, not least because it’s one of the cheapest options in the area. For the more adventurous, there’s also a regular river boat service from Embankment, and plenty of cycle-friendly roads if you’re making use of the city’s free bikes. You can also walk to Greenwich from the city centre - enjoying the views and soaking in some of London’s atmosphere. If you’re staying in a hotel nearby we’d definitely recommend this approach as it’s a fantastic way to really get to know the city, and it’s also particularly convenient once you get into Greenwich which is largely pedestrianised.

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Where to stay

There aren’t a huge number of hotels in Greenwich itself, but the examples on offer do run from cheap and cheerful Travelodges right through to the esteemed De Vere Devonport House, which is close to attractions and offers comfortable and luxurious accommodation from around £100 per night. Further out, you’ll find all of the modern hotels you’d expect to find in the bustling capital. And if you’re travelling on a budget, there are a multitude of different B&Bs in the areas surrounding Greenwich including the well-reviewed Greenland Villa, which is said to offer up a fantastic continental breakfast.


There is so much to see and do in Greenwich, traditional tourist hotspots include visiting the Cutty Sark, the Royal Maritime Museum or the Old Royal Naval College. There are also more secretive, ‘local only’ offerings, which include the small fan museum, and Oliver’s Music Venue & Wine Bar, which is well known for playing host to some fantastic live jazz. We’d also strongly recommend a visit to the Palace of Placentia; an old Tudor manor house that used to be the residence of England’s kings and queens, long before Buckingham palace was built.

If you’re in the mood to shop, Greenwich is also host to a thriving market, with a history that's rooted in the 14th Century. This attraction is host to all manner of interesting stalls, you can easily spend time shopping around and taking in all of the interesting boutique shops. And if all of that isn’t enough, you’ll also find a London-renowned cheese shop, The Cheeseboard, nestled away in the very heart of Greenwich. A popular calling point for culinary-minded locals, this delicatessen stocks hundreds of cheeses from all over the world and is the ideal place to shop if you’re looking for unusual foodie gifts.

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