Best things to do on a family day out in Greenwich

Sail waves of history on a family day out in the architecture-rich maritime area, ideal for outdoor and indoor voyages.

Take to the home of the Prime Meridian Line, a place of origin for Greenwich Mean Time, and a birthplace to 15th century Tudor Monarchs for a day flooded with fun, discovery and ‘grammable views.

Whether you’re treating the kids to some half-term holiday fun, a family weekend in London or just spending one day in Greenwich, uncover an abundance of outdoor and indoor attractions for all ages.

From seeking out cool shopping spots with your teens to searching for epic things to do with kids in Greenwich, you’re covered for any weather and season with our one-stop guide to best family activities at this World Heritage Site.

Soak in the rays on a sunny day

Morning: admire the stunning sights

Kick your day off with an invigorating walk around Greenwich Park, which delights with panoramic views of Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs. Go landmark spotting atop the viewpoint by the statue of General Wolfe and enjoy roaming the swarms of colour – with pastel pink cherry blossoms in spring and reds and copper fields in autumn.

Here you can also stand astride the Prime Meridian Line (admission charge applies) with a foot in both east and west hemispheres, see the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and set your watch as the bright red Time Ball drops at 1pm sharp.

Keep on exploring the 74 hectares (183 acres) which make up the park, with wildlife booming at its two ponds, a children’s playground and history stamps such as the Motherstone Fountain, Queen Caroline's Bath and the Millennium Sun Dial

Once your inner explorer is satisfied, head down to the Greenwich Market for a serving of serious street food and a bag-full of crafts from independent designers. Spot the marvellous fronts of the Queen’s House and the National Maritime Museum on your way.

Afternoon: chase an adventure in North Greenwich

Once you had your fill, head to the Greenwich Pier and take a speedy 8-minute journey to North Greenwich with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers. Gaze at the historic Canaletto view contrasted with the modern architecture of Canary Wharf and Greenwich Peninsula.

Alight at North Greenwich pier for Greenwich Peninsula – one of London's up and coming destinations with The O2, cosy restaurants and the Emirates Air Line cable car swooshing in with a futuristic vibe. 

Look out for climbers taking the exhilarating walk over the roof of the iconic structure at Up at The O2 and create memories to last a lifetime by taking on the challenge and climbing up with the family!

Evening: retreat at an alfresco spot

The kids may be a little tired by now, so retreat at a family-friendly alfresco restaurant in the area. Pick up a pizza or Mexican at the Greenwich Kitchen Pizza + Bar and Chiquito or grab a table at The Pilot for pub classics.

Finish the day off by unwinding at The Tide, London’s first elevated landscape trail.

Explore weather-proof attractions

If the weather is not in your favour, fear not! Greenwich is packed with indoor gems to enjoy on rainy days. Don your raincoat, have a brolly at hand and get exploring.

Morning: see out-of-this-world wonders

Set your sail for the magnificent Cutty Sark, one of the last surviving of tea clippers. Follow in the footsteps of those who sailed her, walk beneath the ship’s gleaming copper hull and join family workshops and events, perfect for a cosy day indoors.

Then relive your favourite movie scenes and get your camera ready for a full day of snapping at architectural masterpieces, including the Old Royal Naval College by English architect Sir Christopher Wren and his pupil Nicholas Hawksmoor. Prepare for “ohhs” and “ahhs” while gazing at Baroque masterpieces at the Painted Hall.  

Wren’s works also include the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Embark on a galactic journey through space and experience landing on Mars, enter the centre of the Sun, see far away galaxies and see a star being born on a show at the Peter Harrison Planetarium.

Once you've worked up an appetite, devour scrumptious burgers at Byron Burger and Honest Burgers, dig into pie and mash at 1890s established Goddards at Greenwich or check out the 300-plus year old Plume of Feathers by Greenwich Park.

Afternoon: shopping and museum-hopping

Complete the rather busy morning with a walk and a play around the AHOY! Gallery at National Maritime Museum where polar exploration, pirates and a host of other maritime themes are brought to life. You can also set foot in the black and white geometric rooms of the Queen’s House, then take a quick boat ride to North Greenwich for some late-afternoon shopping.  

You might leave with a bag or two of designer goodies and new fits for the kids after browsing the ICON Outlet at The O2.

Just a short walk along the river is the Emirates Air Line cable car. The six-minute “flight” through the sky from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks reaches a height of 90m (295ft); a perfect vantage point for a family selfie with The O2 as the backdrop.

End the day by visiting the interactive exhibitions at The Crystal to learn more about the environment, energy and urban planning, before filling your bellies with nosh at Top 1 Forever Restaurant, Al Masar or the joyous Busaba Eathai at The O2. 

How can I get to Greenwich?

Get to the nautical neighbourhood by boat, train, DLR or bus. If you’re travelling from central London, get on the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers or City Cruises which depart every 20 to 30 minutes and enjoy vistas of the river Thames, Big Ben, London Eye and Tower Bridge.

Greenwich is also easily accessible by Southeastern Rail (Greenwich Station), the Tube (North Greenwich, Jubilee line) and the DLR (Greenwich and Cutty Sark stations). 

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If you're searching for more things to do in Greenwich, take a look at our guide to Greenwich, best Greenwich events and more attractions to explore with the family.