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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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 Sundial
  4. Once your inner explorer is satisfied, head down to 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

  1. Once you've had your fill, head to the Greenwich Pier and take a speedy eight-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.
  2. 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. 
  3. Look out for climbers taking the exhilarating walk over the roof of the iconic structure with 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

  1. The kids may be a little tired by now, so retreat at a family-friendly alfresco restaurant in the area. Pick up a pizza at the Greenwich Kitchen Pizza + Bar or grab a table at The Pilot for pub classics.
  2. 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

  1. Step aboard the magnificent Cutty Sark, one of the last surviving of tea clippers. Follow in the footsteps of those who sailed the ship, walk beneath its gleaming copper hull and join family workshops and events, perfect for a cosy day indoors.
  2. 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.  
  3. 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, explore far away galaxies and see a star being born during a show at the Peter Harrison Planetarium.
  4. Once you've worked up an appetite, devour scrumptious burgers at Honest Burgers, dig into pie and mash at 1890-established Goddards at Greenwich or check out the more than 300-year-old Plume of Feathers by Greenwich Park.

Afternoon: shopping and museum-hopping

  1. Complete your action-packed morning with a wander around the AHOY! Gallery at the National Maritime Museum, where pirates, polar exploration and many more maritime themes can be explored by kids.
  2. Alternatively, admire the magnificent rooms of Queen’s House, then take a quick boat ride to North Greenwich for some late-afternoon shopping.  
  3. You might leave with a bag or two of designer goodies and new outfits for the kids after browsing the ICON Outlet at The O2.
  4. Just a short walk along the river is the Emirates Air Line cable car. The 10-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.
  5. End the day by playing a round crazy golf or hitting some balls at the Greenwich Peninsula Golf Driving Range, 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, hop on an Uber Boat by Thames Clippers or City Cruises river boat, 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 or Thameslink (Greenwich station), the Tube (North Greenwich, Jubilee line) and the DLR (Greenwich and Cutty Sark stations). 

Find more information on how to get to Greenwich and plan your journey

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