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Royal Greenwich

Wren's magnificent Naval Hospital frames Inigo Jones' Queens House and Wren's Royal Observatory atop the hill

Wren’s magnificent Naval Hospital frames Inigo Jones’ Queens House and Wren’s Royal Observatory atop the hill

Greenwich makes a great day out for both ordinary and scientific tourists, with a wealth of historical, cultural and architectural attractions, not to mention some of the best views in London.    It is, after all, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.    Its credentials as an unmissable destination for the Scientific Tourist are unimpeachable.

Royal Observatory Greenwich - Established in 1675 by Charles II to Solve the Longitude Problem

Royal Observatory Greenwich – Established in 1675 by Charles II to Solve the Longitude Problem

Located on a great meander of the Thames, just a few miles downriver from central London, Greenwich itself and neighbouring Blackheath are an elegant, wealthy enclave in grimy South East London.    Greenwich is dominated by the fine Royal Park, which runs steeply uphill from a narrow strip of land along the river.    Personally, I think Greenwich is worth a couple of days, especially in fine weather, unless you are particularly indefatigable and try to cram it all into one.
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