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Greenwich

11. Greenwich
 

Maritime and Royal Greenwich

Time: 11am   Duration: 2 Hours 

Start: Outside Greenwich Theatre

Finish: Finish at Cutty Sark DLR station

Greenwich, is a Royal Borough to the east of Central London and is inextricably linked with Britain's naval and maritime past. It was the site of a Royal Palace from the 15th Century and It's where one of our best-known Kings, Henry VIII was born, along with his three children Edward VI , Mary I and Elizabeth I.

 

Our greatest ever sailor and naval hero Admiral Lord Nelson lost his life after winning a famous naval victory over the French at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. He   was brought to Greenwich upon returning where his body laid in state at the famous Painted Hall, prior to his funeral and final resting place at St Paul's Cathedral.

 

The Royal Palace, the beautiful current Baroque building designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was replaced by a Hospital for retired sailors. It became a Naval College in the late 1800s and is now home to the University of Greenwich and the Trinity Laban School of Dance. Wren also designed the Royal Observatory on the hill through which the meridian line of longitutde separating the Eastern and Western Hemispheres passes.  

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