With the half-term holidays well underway we’ve been taking the opportunity to have a few family days out, and our day trip to Greenwich proved very successful!
Greenwich is certainly one of the most historic areas of London, and there’s plenty for families to see and do! In fact, there is so much to do you might need to prioritise one or two things! We opted for a visit to the National Maritime Museum followed by a visit to Greenwich Park.
There is free entry to the museum, which is an absolute jewel in London’s tourist crown!
A Family Day Out In Maritime Greenwich
Here’s our guide to visiting the Maritime Museum…
A brilliant new free children’s gallery for 0-7s is now open, so you can weigh anchor for a boatload of fun and adventure! Children can stoke the boiler of a steamship, land a fish and forge new friendships as they work together in the interactive boatyard.
Polar exploration, pirates and a host of other maritime themes are brought to life in this playful and immersive gallery. My children loved the authentic dressing up clothes and the different themed sections which were part of the gallery.
AHOY! is at the heart of the National Maritime Museum – look out for the 8m mast of SS Rawalpindi by the entrance. There’s a buggy park and easy access to all the facilities you need to have a stress-free visit too.
2. Children’s Galleries
Explore maritime skills and technologies past and present at their hands-on gallery for older children. Fire a cannon and shoot down a dastardly pirate ship in a brilliant interactive game. Load cargo in the port and explore ship Seahorse. Help prepare food in the ship’s galley and find out about the strange meals sailors ate on board.
There are plenty of stunning gallery exhibits too around the entire museum…
3. The Great Map
You can also explore and play on their huge ‘The Great Map’ world atlas (and I do mean huge!), and set sail for distant lands with a magical interactive game The Great Explorer.
The map is great fun to play on whether you use the interactive game or not, and is conveniently close to a lovely Paul’s Bakery – perfect for a few minutes relaxation!
We’ll be paying a return visit very soon, and hopefully planning another trip to see The Cutty Sark!
Here are a few iPhone photos from our day out, as seen on my Instagram feed too…