We take the London Underground to Bank Station, where we transfer to the Docklands Light Railway, which takes us through Canary Wharf and over to the bank of the Thames across from Greenwich. Greenwich is famous for its maritime history and now has several museums, including the Cutty Sark sailing ship, the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House art museum, and the Royal Observatory, in addition to the University of Greenwich, the Old Royal Naval College, and the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridien. We cross under the Thames through a pedestrian tunnel and start our exploration.
The grand buildings and grounds of the Old Royal Naval College are spectacular, although the only building we can enter is the chapel
Across the street, the National Maritime Museum holds over two million items related to the history of Britain at sea, including maritime art, cartography, public records, ship models and plans, scientific and navigational instruments, and instruments for time keeping and astronomy.
Next to the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, a former royal residence (for Anne of Denmark, the queen of King James I), focuses on maritime art and the story of royalty in Greenwich.
We're excited to stand on the Prime Meridien, the location of 0 degrees, 0 minutes, 0 seconds of longitude, dividing the globe into the eastern and western hemispheres, with one foot in each.
Walking back to the Docklands Light Railway, we pass the Cutty Sark, a British clipper ship built in 1869, and cross into the quaint streets of commercial Greenwich.
There is a lot of history here, along with art, architecture, science, and technology. And, the Prime Meridian!