Rich history and interest at Greenwich Heritage Centre


Address: Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, London SE18 6ST

One of London’s best attractions for lovers of social history, the Greenwich Heritage Centre is located right on the River Thames and offers a wealth of intriguing information that travellers will want to absorb during their stay.

Top attractions of the Greenwich Heritage Centre

Offering a changing roster of exhibitions throughout the year, the centre is dedicated to showcasing the history of Greenwich in all its glory, with a range of permanent and temporary collections of both antiquities and historical documents from and about the area.

Visitors are treated to the Heritage Centre Museum, which highlights the growth and changing fortunes of Greenwich over more than the last 400 years. With everything from Victorian egg whisks to temperature and geological maps of the Greenwich area, the museum is a treasure trove of fantastic sights to behold and lessons to be learnt.

Meanwhile, many public events take place at the centre throughout the year and visitors can expect to enjoy a varied and wide-ranging calendar of interesting shows to choose from when planning a visit.

Highlights of the coming months include a family fun day, as well as a look at one of the capital’s most impressively designed buildings, Charlton House.

Having first opened its doors to the public in 1919, the centre is now approaching a century of education and entertainment for visitors to the area. It really is a must-see attraction for anyone with an interest in the history of London.

Opening times and essential information for visitors

The Greenwich Heritage Centre is open to all visitors from Tuesdays to Saturdays between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm. It is closed on Sundays, Mondays and all Bank Holidays.

Where to park near the Greenwich Heritage Centre

Motorists hoping to visit the Greenwich Heritage Centre can be sure there will be plenty of places to park their vehicle in close proximity to this popular attraction, with several nearby parking facilities open each day:

    • Woolwich Arsenal Station Car Park (0.4 miles, eight minutes’ travel time on foot)
    • Powis Street Car Park (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
    • Monk Street Car Park (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
    • Calderwood Street Car Park (0.5 miles, nine minutes)

However, individuals planning to drive during their time in the English capital are reminded that traffic volumes can be dense at all times of the day, but especially during the busy morning and evening rush hours. It is therefore advisable to avoid travelling by car at this time, with plenty of other travel options available.

Other travel options to the area

The Greenwich Heritage Centre is located in one of the areas not best served by the extensive London Underground network, so travel in this manner is not really an option. However, rail links are easily reached from the centre, with the Docklands Light Railway serving the nearby station of Woolwich Arsenal. In addition, train services can be reached from the stations of Woolwich Dockyard, Woolwich Arsenal and Plumstead.

Visitors to the centre can also make use of local buses that operate around the clock, with full details of service timetables and stops available from the official website of Transport for London. The most common services for visitors to the area include: 51, 96, 99, 122, 161, 177, 180, 244, 380, 422, 469 and 472.

Finally, for those keen to arrive in style and properly relaxed to this popular attraction, river boat services run from the Woolwich (Royal Arsenal) ferry terminal, which can be found just a few minutes’ walk from the Greenwich Heritage Centre.

Retail options at the Greenwich Heritage Centre

Visitors to the Greenwich Heritage Centre can also take the time out from their trip to do a bit of shopping, with a large number of high street names to be found on nearby Powis Street.

Anyone with a hankering for some much-needed retail therapy during their time in the area can enjoy shopping at such popular stores as Argos, TK Maxx, Clark’s Shoes, The Works, Poundland, Mothercare, JD Sports, EE, Holland & Barrett, New Look, WH Smith, and many more besides.

Where to stay when visiting the Greenwich Heritage Centre

Visitors to this popular attraction might be unsure as to where the best place to stay is during their time in London, but a fantastic option that travellers might like to consider is the Grand Royale London Hyde Park.

Situated in a central location in one of the most accessible parts of the English capital, Bayswater, the establishment is a provider of four-star luxury hospitality and offers everything that both the modern business and leisure traveller has come to expect during any getaway.

From clean and elegant rooms to a well-stocked bar and restaurant, guests at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park can expect to enjoy a relaxed and enjoyable time during their stay.