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National Maritime Museum- London

Greenwich- London- FREE


The National Maritime Museum is part of the Royal Greenwich Museums, along with Cutty Sark, Queen's House and The Royal Observatory. I would suggest only doing this one on one day though, maybe with a walk up to the observatory to see the stunning views over the Thames and London.



Firstly it's position is great, right on the Thames meaning that you can catch the clipper boat here! It's free to enter and is such a great space, we find something new everytime we go. Our absolute high light has to be the ginormous map! Complete with little ride on boats and the option to hire an ipad and go on a interactive experience using the ipad and exporing the map. My eldest 2 loved this, while my youngest loved the chance to run around on the map.


There is an optional extra called Ahoy! an immersive play space for under 7's. Let them pretend to be a sailor in this playful place with a maritime theme. It's free on weekdays and only £3 on weekends/holidays. Best to book a ticket ahead of time either way.


There are cafes on site and don't miss the amazing Ship in a Bottle- just outside the Museum Café.

There are numerous exhibitions, check out their website as there is always something going on, especially over the summer holidays.


We usually finish our day with a walk up the hill to the observatory, just to have an ice cream and look back at the view over London or we walk under the Thames!?! Ever done that? Just nearby there is the Greenwich Foot Tunnel that was built by the Victorians and links Greenwich on the South bank to Millwall on the North. It only takes 5 mins to walk through but its a cool experience for the children and the view looking back to the National Maritme Museum and the Cutty Stark is wonderful (and not as hilly as walking up to the obseratory!) Photo below of the view looking back.


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