East meets West at Greenwich : A Day trip from London

Greenwich is home to some great London attractions, like the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory with the Prime Meridian Line and the tea clipper Cutty Sark. It is a quick 30 minute ferry ride from Central London to Greenwich on the MBNA Thames Clippers boat services.  We had good view of London while on the ferry as we passed under the London Bridge and Tower of London.  Once we reached Greenwich we stopped to relax in the Greenwich Park before walking up on top of the hill.  From here you can see the River Thames and the whole city, from Canary Wharf and The O2 to The Shard.   The walk over to the Royal Greenwich observatory took about 30 minutes.

Cutty Sark - a British clipper ship that you can visit in Greenwich right by the pier

Cutty Sark – a British clipper ship that you can visit in Greenwich right by the pier



Greenwich village was refreshingly calm and quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of Central London

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Greenwich Meridian

Greenwich Meridian that separates the East from the West

Royal Observatory

You can explore the Moon, constellations, planets and more at the Royal Observatory. You can stand on the on the Meridian line at the home of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and journey through space in one of their thrilling planetarium shows.

Greenwich Meridian

The Greenwich Meridian separates east from west in the same way that the Equator separates north from south. Inextricably linked with Greenwich Mean Time, it also sits at the center of our system of time zones. Its path is determined by the location of an historic telescope, the Airy Transit Circle, which is housed at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.  On its path from pole to pole, the Meridian passes through England, France, Spain, Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana and Antarctica.  We need to visit these places to see if they have the positions marked there as well – anyone know?

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First Shop at Longitude 00'00

We stopped at the First Shop at Longitude 00’00 on the way back and took the ferry and cruised over back to London. It made for a nice day trip from London.

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