London’s Greenwich: Top 8 Attractions For UK Staycations

July 30, 2020 7:54am

Located just five miles from central London, not only is leafy, family-friendly Greenwich the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), it’s also one of the most beautiful and historic parts of the UK capital. Though calmer and quieter than many areas of London, this doesn’t make Greenwich any less interesting. Indeed, it’s positively brimming with world class attractions, many of which are related to its rich royal and maritime heritage, making it ideal for the most enjoyable of UK staycations in the age of COVID, and, indeed, for holidays in general.

Staycity also has a delightful aparthotel located perfectly in the centre of Greenwich, and here its highly knowledgeable team share their top 8 recommendations of things to see and do there. Do please bear in mind that while most of these attractions are reopened or are reopening soon, these are fluid and unusual times, so we strongly advise you check in before visiting to be aware of any changes in operations and booking procedures, etc.

1) Royal Museums Greenwich (reopened)

This comprises four historic and popular attractions, namely the iconic sailing ship Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House art gallery. With all four within easy walking distance of each other in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a visit to each makes a highly enjoyable day out in Greenwich.

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Cutty Sark will be open again soon – and kids go FREE! Book your tickets now for 20 July onwards when the ship is once again open to the public. We can't wait to welcome you back! Book your timeslot online now via the link in our bio.

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2) Greenwich Park

No stay in Greenwich is complete without a day in the historic Greenwich Park, where Henry VIII once hunted deer. Today, the beasts are safely inside an enclosure, and this gorgeous park also boasts fragrant herb and pretty flower gardens, Roman remains, a huge playground, and, most famously, incredible views of London from the aforementioned Royal Observatory.

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Heartbeat song, let’s turn that up! ___________________________________________ Out of quarantine feels like breathing for the first time isn’t? Such a delight to see more people sensibly enjoying the sunshine. Let’s include safety in the definition of fun, shall we? 😎😊 This is London too, view of the concrete jungle of Canary Wharf from Greenwhich Park. 📸IphoneX + mobile lightroom. And Ofcourse, Happy Pride 🌈 Month:) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #london #beautifuldestinations #visualsoflife #summervibes #uk_shooters #tv_pointofview #igerslondon #itssolondon #tv_buildings #london4all #londondisclosure #mysecretlondon #londonthecity #shooters #canarywharf #greenwichpark #lo_vesper #mydarlinglondon #lv_mobile #londoncityworld #loves_united_london #shotzdelight #londonlifeinc #jj_mobilephotography #raw_uk #raw_mobile #shotoniphone #everyframehasastorytotell @london @london_gurus @londondecanted @londonuk @greenwichpark @canarywharflondon

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3) Eltham Palace and Gardens (reopened)

With 19 acres of stunning gardens against the backdrop of the historic Eltham Palace, there’s no finer place to while away a summer’s day. An important royal palace turned 1930s millionaire’s mansion, features of particular beauty and interest include the Rock Garden, a picturesque moat, London’s oldest working bridge and a sunken rose garden.

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In south-east London, Eltham Palace is a unique building that was dramatically transformed over the ages 🔨. Building around a medieval palace that was once the childhood home of King Henry VIII, new Art Deco extensions were built in the 1930s to create a disinctive new building where styles seperated by centuries collide❤️. What places have you been enjoying since they reopened? . 📸: @miajonesington . #VisitEngland #LoveGreatBritain . #travel #travelpic #travelgram #travelinspiration #travelinspo #traveler #traveling #photosofbritain #picoftheday #wanderlust #instago #beautifuldestinations #traveltheworld #instalove #instalife #instago #England #elthampalace #southlondon #eltham #palace

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4) Old Royal Naval College (reopened)

Featuring sprawling grounds and home to the University of Greenwich, this riverside estate boasts 500 years of rich and diverse history, the highlight of which is the restored Painted Hall. Known as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’, this 18th century baroque masterpiece features 40,000 square feet of walls and ceilings covered in striking paintings of kings, queens and mythological creatures. The Luna Cinema is also showing a fantastic range of socially distanced open air movies here from the 4th to the 9th of August, so be sure to check them out too!

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It's #InternationalMuseumDay! Why not head over to our virtual tour of the Painted Hall and explore from the comfort of your living room? . . #virtuallylondon #fromhome #lockdown #isolation #thingstodo #art #culture #heritage #architecture #learning #greenwich #london #explore

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5) Ranger’s House (reopens August 1st)

This elegant Georgian villa on the edge of Greenwich Park was built in 1723 and is now home to The Wernher Collection, a world class art collection of over 700 pieces. These feature everything from ornate medieval jewellery, Italian ceramics and bronze sculptures to Renaissance paintings, 18th-century French furniture and British portraits.

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INSPIRATION – ‘Positively Pink!’ 💓💓💓 X To inject some much needed colour into the greyest scenarios, what could be better than a POP OF PINK?! So today I’ve chosen three FANTASY INTERIORS….in the hope that they might provide you with a virtual ROSY GLOW 😉😃 X 2. The Pink Drawing Room at Rangers House, Greenwich, Greater London. The Ranger's House is a Georgian villa, designed by Andrew Snape and built for Admiral Francis Hosier in around 1723. Photograph @englishheritage X I'm always planning a re hang at Portrait Towers, and hope that this time it may include a splash of new paint. My heart beats for colour so I’m flirting with pink.. but which shade is it to be? SALMON? SEASHELL? ROSE? CORAL? CERISE? FLAMINGO? PEONY, BLUSH …. or PERCY PIG 🐷🐽? X But where to start? The gender associations of one of my favourite colours has changed countless times over the centuries and ‘the pink for girls and blue for boys’ rule stems from quite recently in its history 💙💓 X I like the idea of a ladylike space..even for gentlemen, but in skilled hands, and in the right shade, PINK can also be strong, authoritative, and complex! X Pink can also be gender ‘neutral’ lets face it a muted pink knocks the socks off beige, especially when it comes to complementing artwork. X Whatever my choice I think that PINK walls could be the perfect foil for portraits! What is YOUR favourite PINK PAINT SHADE ? 🖼💓🖼💓 X #interior #interiordesign #interiordesigner #gallery #paintings #art #artdealer #england #portrait #painting #periodportrait #periodportraits #oil #kunst #photooftheday #igdaily #igers #picoftheday #instapic #instamood #thinkpink #pink #pinkroom

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6) Greenwich Market (most markets and shops reopened)

This 18th century market in the heart of Greenwich houses over 120 stalls specialising in antiques, arts and crafts, and is surrounded by many independent stores and fashion chains making it a shopping destination for all tastes. And speaking of taste, there’s also plenty of food and drink stalls to fuel your browsing, with everything from Brazilian churros to Chinese dim sum. Yum!

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Fantastic 😃 our craft stalls are here. Masks, bags, lights, photography, sketches, jewellery and cakes with cupcakes! Find a special treat for your soul. @africagnes 🦋 @baishdesigns 🎀 @samwarrphotography📸 @adamdoughty_draws🎨 @lightingrevolution 💡@roccabella_jewellery💍 @rubysoflondon has just opened a pop up shop on Durnford Street at the market. Sweet!🍰 . . . . #greenwichmarket #visitgreenwich #timeoutlondon #craft #vegancupcake #photography #sketch #bunting #handmadebag #londonmarket #becauseiamalondoner #greenwich

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7) The 02 (partly reopened)

While the 02 arena and indigo at the 02 remain closed, Icon Outlet Shopping and Up at The 02 are both open. Bargain hunters will love Icon, which features up to 70% off the RRP of some of the biggest brands in fashion and lifestyle, including Adidas, Calvin Klein, Levis, Nike, Ted Baker and Tommy Hilfiger. Meanwhile, adrenaline junkies will favour Up, the world famous venue’s vertiginous climbing facility affording breath-taking views of London.

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#KnowYourClimb – The summit of the Up at The O2 walkway is 52m 😮 equivalent to 12 London double-decker busses 🚌 – – – – – #upattheo2 #upattheo2climb #theo2 #london #northgreenwich #canarywharf #londonlife #exploringlondon #travel #climb

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8) GDIF 2020

After much hard work adapting the programme and prioritising safety, this year’s Greenwich and Docklands International Festival takes place from August 28th to September 12th, and, as always, will feature stunning installations, theatre and dance, and street arts. This will make GDIF the UK’s first full festival since lockdown began in March, and much of the programme addresses the challenges and positives therein.

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Dancing City will return to #GDIF for 2020!⠀ ⠀ Our annual outdoor dance programme has been reinvented for you to experience more intimate performances whilst observing social distancing. ⠀ ⠀ This year’s Dancing City sets out to prove that small can be beautiful. ⠀ ⠀ All sites and sets will be cleaned and disinfected between each performance. ⠀ Please note that we are strictly limiting capacities for each performance – schedule coming soon!⠀ ⠀ ( 📸 – Dandyism IRMÃ Sister Catch Me )⠀ ⠀ #GDIF2020 #GDIF25years #Local #OutdoorArts #Festival #Greenwich #CanaryWharf #Dance #Contemporary #Performance #BecauseImaLondoner #RoyalGreenwichItsTime #GM_T #greenwichmeanslocaltime

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Inspired to staycation in gorgeous Greenwich?! Well our stylishly self-contained apartments offer the safest of stays in a new era of travel, so be sure to stay with us at Staycity Aparthotels, London, Greenwich High Road