Greenwich on a Budget

November 1st, 2017 / / No Comments »

Greenwich is synonymous with London’s maritime history including popular attractions like the Cutty Sark & the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory.  For those planning a Budget Trip to London why not follow our guide below to learn how to gain FREE access to the Meridian Line & more cheap ticket options.

1. The Cutty Sark

Any trip to Greenwich should include a visit to the Cutty Sark; the last surviving tea clipper that dates back to 1869.  Following a £50m refurbishment, the Cutty Sark is now fully restored to its former glory & well worth a visit that includes a chance to drink Twinings tea under the gleaming hull of the ship.  Look out for discounted joint ticket options that can offer good value for money.

More information available within our Guide to the Cutty Sark.


View of the city of London from the Royal Observatory

View from Greenwich Royal Observatory


2. Greenwich Royal Observatory, (FREE access to the Meridian Line)

Straddle the Meridian Line at the Greenwich Royal Observatory and you’ll be standing with a foot in both the eastern & western hemispheres that draws thousands of tourists each year.  Whilst there are charges in place to enter the Royal Observatory, there is also another way to pick up free public access to the Meridian Line.

On arrival at the Royal Observatory, (but before entering), cast your eye upon the Meridian Line located within the courtyard.  Simply keep the Meridian Line in your sights as it travels over the courtyard & into an area that is open to the public.  You can access the Meridian Line for free through the wrought iron gate to the right as you face the courtyard. This way you still manage to straddle the Meridian Line without paying for access plus this option can be less busy too, (see image below).

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Greenwich Meridian Line public access

Explore the Meridian Line for free


3. The Thames Clipper; Greenwich Pier

The Thames Clipper is a commuter ferry that offers both workers & tourists a trip down the River Thames at a fraction of the cost of standard river cruises.  You can combine a visit to Greenwich with a budget trip along the River Thames taking in the sights along the route that can include popular attractions such as the Tower of London & London Eye.  Whilst there isn’t any commentary on the Clipper, for those that know their London landmarks, this offers value for money.  Simply alight at Greenwich Pier for the Cutty Sark.

More details available at Budget London; Thames Clipper Guide.

4. Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Here’s a chance to go under the River Thames using the FREE foot tunnel that has linked Greenwich with the Isle of Dogs since 1902.  The Greenwich foot tunnel is located next to the Cutty Sark and whilst it has seen better days, (it is  currently undergoing a £11.5 million refurbishment that began back in 2009 with still no end in sight), the refurbished lifts are impressive.  A visit to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel offers a new perspective on the River Thames & children in particular enjoy the experience.

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Greenwich Foot Tunnel under the River Thames

Entrance to Greenwich Foot Tunnel under the River Thames


5. National Maritime Museum; FREE Entry

Did you know you can gain FREE entrance to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich? See Nelson’s Trafalgar Coat and look out for a number of interactive areas for children throughout the museum.  Additional charges are in place for exhibitions but worth checking out combined ticket offers with the Cutty Sark & the Royal Observatory for those planning a visit.

6. Greenwich Park; Children’s Playground

Those with young children will be interested in the recently refurbished children’s playground that is located within Greenwich Park, (close to the Queen’s House).  This is a great playground for children up to around 8 years plus toilets on hand too.

7. Emirate Air Line Cable Cars

The River Thames even has its own cable cars that runs between Greenwich & the London Docks. Tickets are reasonably priced and a ride offers you a bird’s eye view of the Thames including Canary Wharf, the O2 arena & Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  From Greenwich Pier/Cutty Sark, why not take the bus to North Greenwich to pick up the cable cars here. Alternatively, combine the cable cars with a trip along on the Thames Clipper, (alight at North Greenwich Pier).

More details available at Emirate Air Line Cable Cars.


Royal Observatory View Greenwich

View of the Royal Observatory from the Queen’s House, Greenwich

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