The National Maritime Museum

Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

We went here with biggest child’s school and it was fantastic. As you approach there is a massive ship in a bottle which they all found fascinating. There are lots of different galleries and they have life-size boats, an impressive collection of 230 figureheads, there is an interactive great map, fascinating Polar explorer gallery (where we ended up spending most of our time) and two Children’s galleries which are hands-on and dedicated to different age groups. There are lots of video exhibits to really bring the stories to life as well.

Obviously an interest in ships is an advantage but actually there are things to interest everyone.

Because we were with the school we didn’t get to explore the whole museum but it looked amazing and I absolutely want to go back with the kids. The museum is really big and packed full of exhibits. All of the staff that we met were lovely; informative and helpful. Although it’s built around an old building the whole museum is very modern.

The museum is part of the Greenwich complex which includes the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, The Queen’s house (also free to visit) and Greenwich park itself.

We went into the Observatory (chargeable) and got to have our obligatory photo taken on the Meridian line. We also went into the camera obscura which is easily missed but the kids found it fascinating – “like a TV but from years ago” apparently. It was very cool to wander around somewhere that so much ground-breaking science has taken place. There were lots of hands-on exhibits for the kids to do as well.

The park was lovely and it has wild parakeets flying around and making loads of noise. Who knew there were wild parakeets in the middle of London!!! The views from the top of the hill across Canary Wharf were really cool. There’s lots of wide open space to play in and explore. The park also has a Rose garden, flower garden, herb garden, the Queen’s orchard, deer park, the ruins of a roman temple and London’s longest herbaceous border. If you’re not visiting one of the museum then there is a cafe on site.

Entry – Free (some places within the wider estate are chargeable)

Parking – There is a car park on-site which is £1.20 per hour, max 4 hours. The Royal Borough of Greenwich operates car parks nearby in Park Row and Burney Street. Public transport may be the better option though.

Toilets – on-site

Food – cafe on-site or you could picnic in the park.

Rating – 5 / 5. We’re definitely coming back to explore fully.

The Royal Observatory
The impressive figurehead collection
The Queen’s House which is also free to visit

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