Cutty Sark & Maritime Museum
Greenwich Has It All
Ever looking for an outing that works for the whole family, from babies to teenagers? If so then Greenwich is the place for you! From history, to seafaring, eating out, parklife and play areas this place really does have it all.
Royal Naval College
We started at the Royal Naval College, a series of beautiful Oxbridge-style buildings adjacent to the Thames that offer for lovely views, a runaround for the kids and are also a good vantage point to see the boats and river bank (or “beach” as my city dwelling kids termed it!).
From there it’s a short stroll over to the wonderful Cutty Sark, beautifully restored since its maiden voyage in the 19th century. There are three levels to explore with a mix of displays and interactive exhibits for all ages to enjoy. On the top deck you can visit the cabins and communal areas and even have a go at being Captain.
At weekends and on Bank Holidays there are often kids’ activities and today we enjoyed a storytelling session from the “mother” of one of the crew members in period dress – I would suggest this session would work best for school-age kids.
We then went on – via the bustling High Street which has a whole host of family-friendly eateries – to the Maritime Museum and Greenwich Park.
The museum is beautifully light and airy, and those who are interested in life at sea will be in their element perusing the exhibits. Those who prefer a bit of rough and tumble will love the Ahoy! play zone directly to the left as you enter. This play area is fantastic for little ones – I would suggest up to about 7 years old (with a separate section for babies and toddlers) and had some really imaginative areas to explore, from a play fishmongers shop to a cargo loading area for a ship and a shipbuilders yard.
If you have a family with kids at either end of the age spectrum this would be a good time to head up to the Observatory with older children, around a 10-minute walk uphill from the back of the museum through the gorgeous Greenwich Park. If not, do as we did and head to the cafe for some much needed afternoon tea!
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About Hannah Feldman
Hannah is a mum of 3 who loves exploring London with her family and sharing her adventures and in-the-know tips. Hannah co-founded Kidadl, the app for parents to discover and book fantastic family events.