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Cycle Tour England - France - Catalonia - Italy - Switzerland | June/July 2016

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Elevation profile Cycle Tour England - France - Catalonia - Italy - Switzerland | June/July 2016

Added on 16 Jul 2016,

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Cycle route metrics

planned

ridden

Total distance in km

4.357

4.357

Cumulative elevation gain in m

44.780

71.108

Avg. slope uphill in %

1,03

1,63

Cumulative elevation loss in m

44.797

70.355

GPS track data

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Track points in total

11.912

64.746

Track points per km (avg)

2

15

Start/endpoint

Start location

East Dorset, England, GB (31 m NHN)

End location

Cambridge, England, GB (14 m NHN)

Character

England

From Ferndown to Cambridge, following in most parts the National Cycle Network (route 23 around Winchester, route 6 in North East London, route 11 after Cambridge, and route 1 from North London to Dover).

France

From Boeschepe to Paris, via Amiens, Beauvais and Pontoise, following the Avenue verte Paris-London from Pontoise.

From Toulouse to Port-la-Nouvelle, via Lastours, Minerve, Narbonne and Gruissan, following the Canal du Midi and canal de la Robine in parts.

From Perpignan to Le Perthus, following the Pirinexus cycle route from Le Boulou.

From Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste to Menton, following mostly the EuroVelo 8, via Béziers, Montpellier, Arles, Tarascon, Les-Baux-de-Provence, Martigues, Aix-en-Provence, les gorges du Verdon, Draguignan, Fréjus, Antibes, Nice, Monaco.

In the Hautes-Alpes, following the local signed routes.

Spain

From La Jonquera to Sant Feliu de Guixols, and from Girona to Molló, following the Pirinexus cycle route.

From Sant Feliu de Guixols to Barcelona, through the coastal road between Sant Feliu and Lloret de Mar and via Monistrol de Montserrat.

Italy

From Ventimiglia to Casale Monferrato following mostly the EuroVelo 8 (as per the route proposed on this website), then following mostly the Locarno-Imperia route (proposed by the user ihmuc on this website) up to Locarno in Switzerland.

Switzerland

From Locarno to Hospental, following National cycle route 3.

From Hospental to Gletsch, following National cycle route 1.

From Gletsch to Spiez, following National cycle route 8.

From Spiez to Montreux, following National cycle route 9.

From Montreux to St-Gingolph, following Regional cycle route 46.

All the routes in this country are very well signposted:)

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Landscape

See following animated photo albums:

Part 1: https://goo.gl/photos/obg5gwVKCJfoMVe68

Part 2: https://goo.gl/photos/u3PXexSE32y74QPs5

Part 3: https://goo.gl/photos/vWqdHLYbiGirRpXaA

Part 4: https://goo.gl/photos/1TbngAMtUWabqNF99

Additional pictures in some individual stage reports.

Enjoy!

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Travel to and from ...

My former home to my new home:)

Connections:

Ferry Dover-Calais/Dunkirk (DFDS Seaways, 27€)

Train Paris - Toulouse (SNCF Intercités, 35€, bike reservation compulsory)

Regional train Barcelona - Girona (Rodalies de Catalunya R11, 8.40€)

Train Annemasse - Veynes (SNCF TER)

Train Embrun - Paris (SNCF Intercités de nuit, 45€, bike reservation compulsory)

Train Paris - Boulogne-sur-Mer (SNCF Intercités, 19€)

Train Folkestone - Cambridge (Southeastern/Abellio Greater Anglia, £21.70, change in London from St Pancras to Liverpool St)

Sources of information

Wayfinding:

sustrans.org

pirinexus.cat

veloland.ch

veloenfrance.fr

eurovelo.com

bicitalia.org

And of course biroto.eu!

Accomodation:

warmshowers.org

couchsurfing.com

booking.com

Stages

With Jose at the start of the tour in Ringwood

156 km

Ferndown - Burnham

With Paula and Thierry in Burnham

139 km

Burnham - Cambridge

Mathematical bridge, Cambridge

159 km

Cambridge - Gillingham

Dover Castle

122 km

Gillingham - Dover

With Christine and Christian in Saleux

135 km

Boeschepe - Saleux

Eglise dʹAuvers-sur-Oise

147 km

Saleux - St-Ouen-LʹAumône

Château de Maisons

54 km

St-Ouen-LʹAumône - Suresnes

 

12 km

Suresnes - Paris

Capitole, Toulouse

5 km

Toulouse

Canal du Midi

94 km

Toulouse - Carcassonne

Lastours

58 km

Carcassonne - Cesseras

Minerve

57 km

Cesseras - Narbonne

Gruissan

67 km

Narbonne - Port-la-Nouvelle

Le Perthus

109 km

Perpignan - LʹEscala

Beautiful coastal road

146 km

LʹEscala - Cardedeu

Amazing Montserrat

124 km

Cardedeu - Barcelona

Sunset in the Pyrénées

98 km

Girona - Ripoll

Canigó

103 km

Ripoll - Llauro

Béziers

146 km

Llauro - Béziers

Sète

115 km

Béziers - Castelnau-le-Lez

Beaucaire

124 km

Castelnau-le-Lez to Tarascon

Les Beaux-de-Provence

125 km

Tarascon - Vitrolles

Moustiers-Saint-Marie

118 km

Vitrolles - Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Le Verdon

99 km

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie - Draguignan

Massif de lʹEsterel

112 km

Draguignan - Nice

Castel Vittorio

115 km

Nice - Carpasio

Fiat 500 Club Italia Meeting, Garlenda

148 km

Carpasio - Mondovi

Mondovi

129 km

Mondovi - Turin

 

103 km

Turin - Asti

Vignale Monferrato, Piedmont

156 km

Asti - Pombia

Re

119 km

Pombia - Re

Intragna

144 km

Re - Airolo

Col du Saint-Gothard

112 km

Airolo - Bönigen

Spiez

85 km

Bönigen - Saanen

Haut-Intyamon

121 km

Saanen - Lugrin

 

65 km

Lugrin - Annemasse

 

29 km

Veynes - Gap

Pic de Morgon

75 km

Gap - Les Orres

La Durance

82 km

Les Balcons de la Durance

Lac de Serre-Ponçon

81 km

La route des Puys

La Défense

13 km

Paris - Puteaux

 

74 km

Boucle Puteaux - Dampierre-en-Yvelines

 

9 km

Puteaux - Paris

 

44 km

Boulogne-sur-Mer - Calais

 

18 km

Dover - Folkestone

 

5 km

London St. Pancras - Liverpool Street

 

6 km

Home!

Beds4Cyclists, worth visiting and infrastructure

Name and address

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Mobile

Type of accommodation

Route km
Dist. to route
Elevation AMSL

Rating for cyclists

 

40 km
0,5 km
33 m

GB-SO51 8EF Romsey

 

Heritage building(s)

Romsey Abbey Church
Broadlands House
King Johnʹs House, Romsey
Sadlerʹs Mill, Romsey

Romsey (/ˈrɒmzi/ ROM-zee) is a historic market town in the county of Hampshire, England. Romsey was home to the 17th-century philosopher and economist William Petty and the 19th-century British prime minister, Lord Palmerston, whose statue has stood in the town centre since 1857. The town was also home to the 20th-century naval officer and statesman Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who lived at Broadlands. Notable buildings include a 13th-century hunting lodge, an 18th-century coaching inn and the 19th-century Corn Exchange.

Romsey is one of the principal towns in the Test Valley Borough and lies on the River Test, which is known for fly fishing, predominantly trout. As of 2019, the town centre is undergoing substantial remodelling, with the stated aim of improving access for pedestrians and cyclists. Hampshire County Council expect the work to be complete in the summer of 2019.

See

  • Romsey Abbey is a parish church of the Church of England in Romsey. Until the dissolution it was the church of a Benedictine nunnery. It is the largest parish church in the county.

    The church was originally built during the 10th century, as part of a Benedictine foundation. The surviving church is the town's outstanding feature, which is all the more remarkable because the abbey, as a nunnery, would have been less well financially endowed than other religious establishments of the time.

  • Broadlands is an 18th-century country house located just outside the town centre. It was designed in the Palladian style by the famous architect Capability Brown before being completed by Henry Holland in 1788. It has had a number of illustrious occupants, including Lord Palmerston and Louis Mountbatten. Broadlands has been the setting of two royal honeymoons, namely those of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1947 and then Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981. The house itself is a Grade I listed building and the surrounding gardens are Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Both are open to visitors on weekday afternoons in summer.
  • King John's House is a 13th-century building that allegedly served as a hunting lodge for King John when he hunted in the nearby New Forest. This is unlikely, however, since it was built in 1256 and therefore 40 years after the king's death, though there is evidence that the beams were reused from an earlier structure. The original building and adjoining Tudor cottage have a number of unusual historical features, including 14th-century wall decorations and graffiti, a floor made from cattle metapodials, and a traditional monastic garden. Locals claim the house is haunted, with the Hampshire Ghost Society encountering a shrouded figure during their investigations between 2002 and 2008. The house is a Grade I listed building.
  • The White Horse Hotel is a Grade II listed, 18th-century coaching inn whose timber frames date back to the 1450s. Its medieval stone cellars indicate that the site may have hosted guests to Romsey Abbey as early as the 12th century. The existing assembly rooms are said to be where Lord Palmerston first engaged in political debate in the early 1800s. The building housed a hotel and brasserie, which until 2019, was owned and operated by Silks Hotels.
  • The existence of Sadler's Mill, the only mill to be developed on the main course of the River Test, is first recorded in the 16th century, when it functioned as a corn and grist mill. It was at one time owned by Lord Palmerston and later the Broadlands estate before passing to various private owners. Milling ceased in 1932 and the building was left derelict for many years until its restoration in 2005. Carbon dating during this restoration placed the earlier structure in the mid-17th century. It is a Grade II listed building.

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60 km
0,4 km
52 m

GB-SO23 9LF Winchester

 

Heritage building(s)

Winchester Cathedral
Nave of Winchester Cathedral
Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
Great Hall, Winchester Castle

Winchester is an historic cathedral city in the English county of Hampshire within the South East region. Erstwhile capital of England, it was from here that Alfred the Great governed the newly unified country. Visitors appreciate Winchester first and foremost for its cathedral, but also for its other ancient buildings, its medieval centre, its markets and museums.

Understand

Winchester has a long history: there has been continuous settlement on the site for over 2,000 years.

Winchester began as a Celtic hill fort, pre-dating the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 CE. After the Roman conquest, the town grew and became known as Venta Belgarum. After prospering under Roman imperial rule for several centuries, Winchester discovered a new identity as an important Saxon city. King Alfred the Great named Winchester as the capital, first of the Kingdom of Wessex and later all of England south of the Danelaw - despite the growing importance of London, it remained so until the Norman invasion of 1066. During the Middle Ages, Winchester was renowned for its woollen goods, among other produce.

Winchester is now an attractive and peaceful cathedral city deep in the southern English countryside, close to London and Southampton.

See

Winchester's city centre is known for its narrow pedestrian streets and overhanging medieval buildings. Besides the cathedral, the main landmark is the Statue of King Alfred the Great, first king and nominal founder England. Nearby is the Victorian Guild Hall, which hosts many events throughout the year. Also of special interest are the Pentice, a group of old shops arcaded at the front, and the Butter Cross, dating back to the 15th century and built with a tax levied on people caught eating butter during Lent. The River Itchen, a crystal clear chalk stream, flows through multiple channels in central Winchester, seemingly just to surprise visitors by its tinkling presence at every turn.

Landmarks
  • Church of St. Swithun upon Kingsgate, Saint Swithun Street, SO23 9JP (perched atop the arch of the Kingsgate, one of the two surviving city gates). Open during daylight hours except for occasional services.. This was once a not uncommon position for a place of worship in England, but St. Swithun's is the only one remaining today. The interior of this tiny church is very plain, with whitewashed walls and an unadorned wooden ceiling. Sit for a moment in the simple wooden pews and it is hard not to feel a sense of peace. Free (but donations gratefully accepted). St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate Church on Wikipedia (updated Jun 2015)
  • Winchester Cathedral, 9 The Close, SO23 9LS, +44 1962 853224. M–Sa 9:30AM–6PM; 12:30PM–3PM (restricted access during services). A Norman cathedral begun in 1079, containing the Winchester Bible and featuring the longest Gothic nave in the world. The cathedral was built on rafts floating on a peat marsh! For 800 years the raft was able to carry the weight but, by the 19th century, the cathedral was in danger of collapse and the foundations were rebuilt by a diver working underwater; look out for the statue and story of this "Winchester Diver" if you visit. The cathedral is the venue for regular recitals and concerts, and hosts Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's Summer Series. The famous English novelist Jane Austen died in Winchester in 1817 and is buried in the cathedral. A statue by British artist Anthony Gormley is to be found, somewhat unexpectedly, in the crypt of the cathedral. Hidden away in cathedral Close is the Dean Garnier Garden, which offers splendid views of the cathedral. Pay special attention to the stonework, and how the medieval builders suffered from problems with subsidence. Adults £7.50; concessions £5.50; students £4; under 16s free. The Tower Tour and Audio Tour cost an additional £6 and £3 respectively. Winchester Cathedral on Wikipedia (updated Jun 2015)
  • Winchester City Mill, Bridge Street, SO23 0EJ, +44 1962 870057. Opening hours are typical of the National Trust - that is to say, very complicated - but in brief, the mill is open Mar–Oct: Sa Su 11AM–4PM and much more often in summer; see full details here. Owned by the National Trust, this old water mill has been fully restored. You can visit the working areas and a rather exciting walkway under the mill almost at river level. The building also houses the Winchester Youth Hostel (see 'Sleep'). Adults £2; Children £1; National Trust members free. Winchester City Mill on Wikipedia 
  • Winchester College, College Street, +44 1962 621100. Visit by guided tour only, which run several times most days of the year; see full details here.. One of England's independent (fee-paying) schools, founded in 1382 and believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country. Guided tours are available, lasting approximately 1 hour and include Chamber Court; the Gothic Chapel with its 14th-century vaulted roof; College Hall; the 17th-century red brick schoolroom built in the style of Christopher Wren; the original cloister. Adults £7; Concessions £6; Under 12s free. Winchester College on Wikipedia 
  • Winchester Great Hall and King Arthur's Round Table (The Castle), Castle Avenue, SO23 8PJ, +44 1962 846476. Daily 10AM–5PM, closed Dec 25–26. The only remaining part of Winchester Castle is the Great Hall, built in the 13th century by Henry III. This is the home of King Arthur's Round Table, now thought to be a fake commissioned by Henry VIII. Free; donations encouraged. Winchester Castle on Wikipedia 
  • Wolvesey Castle, +44 1962 854766. Open Apr–Sep 10AM–5PM. This palace was the chief residence of the Bishops of Winchester and its extensive ruins still reflect their importance and wealth. Free. Wolvesey Castle on Wikipedia 
  • Hospital of St Cross, St Cross Rd, (1 mile south of city centre; grid reference SU476277), +44 1962 878218. The Hospital of St Cross was founded in the 1130s by Bishop Henry of Blois to accommodate thirteen poor men and is still home to 25 Brothers, whose apartments form one side of the historic quadrangle. The chapel is an unspoiled example of the period during which Norman architecture transitions into Gothic. The Hospital has a long tradition of hospitality and now offers refreshment to visitors in the restored Hundred Men's Hall. The traditional Wayfarer's Dole is still given at the Porter's Gate to all travellers who request it. Accessible by road, by a half-hour walk along the River Itchen (from City Mill; signposted), or by Solent Blue Line bus 47 (buses run twice per hour M-Sa and once per hour on Su; see Get around above for bus company details; alight at the Bell Inn). Open any reasonable hour. Free. Hospital of St Cross on Wikipedia (updated Jan 2018)
Museums and galleries
  • Westgate Museum, High Street, SO23 9AP, +44 1962 869864. Late Feb–Mar: Sa 10AM–4PM, Su noon–4PM; Apr–Oct: Sa–Su 10AM–5PM; Nov–Late Feb closed. The other of the two surviving medieval gateways. Interesting graffiti carved into the walls and floor from its use as a debtor's prison from the 16th–18th centuries. Contains unique collection of the city's weights and measures, including the Winchester bushel and the standard yard of Henry VII's reign. Displays also include a fine ceiling from Winchester College painted to celebrate Queen Mary I and Phillip of Spain's marriage in 1554. Also armour, gibbet, leg-irons. A rooftop viewing platform gives great views down the High Street. Brass rubbing. Children's quiz. Free. Westgate, Winchester on Wikipedia (updated Jun 2015)
  • Winchester City Museum, The Square, SO23 9ES, +44 1962 863064. Apr–Oct: M–Sa 10AM–5PM, Su noon–5PM; Nov–Mar: Tu–Sa 10AM–4PM, Su noon–4PM. A family-friendly council-run museum which tells the story of Winchester from the Iron Age to the present day. Multilingual audioguides and hands-on children's activities are available. Free.

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154 km
0,2 km
23 m

GB-SL4 Windsor

 

Heritage building(s)

Windsor Castle
St John the Baptistʹs parish, Windsor
Guildhall, Windsor

Windsor and Eton are twin towns, in Berkshire, in the South East of England, separated by the River Thames and joined by Windsor Bridge.

Windsor is an ancient town most famous for its castle, construction of which began in 1075, and which is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. The royal standard flies from the keep of the Castle when the Queen is in residence.

Eton is a smaller town, dominated by Eton College, the ancient public (US English:private) school which educates many of England's establishment (especially those who go on to become politicians, judges and diplomats).

See

These places to see are all within the central area of Windsor or within Eton just across Windsor Bridge. They are all within easy walking distance of each other, the main shopping center and both railway stations.

Windsor
  • Windsor Castle +44 20 7766-7304. Daily (for exceptions see website) 9:45AM-5:15PM (4.15PM Nov-Feb). The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and still an official royal residence. Much of the castle, including the magnificent State Apartments and St Georges Chapel are visitable. The apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the royal collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto and Gainsborough. Standard: Adult £19.20, Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £17.50, Under 17/Disabled £11.30, Under 5 Free, Family £49.70 (2 adults and 3 under 17s). Windsor Castle on Wikipedia 
  • Changing of the Guard, Windsor Castle,  +44 20 7766-7304. Daily or every two days (see website) 11AM (arrive early). The guards are stationed at Victoria Barracks and march up to and from the Castle accompanied by the guards band playing traditional military marches as well as popular songs. Free. 
  • Guildhall, High Street (by Windsor Parish Church). Built by Sir Christopher Wren, it is famous for its pillars, which were insisted on by the towns burgesses, even though Wren insisted they were unnecessary. To make his point, he built the pillars but ensured a gap was left between them and the roof they apparently support. Windsor Guildhall on Wikipedia 
  • Windsor Parish Church, High Street (by the Guildhall). St. John The Baptist, built 1822, replaced earlier Church edifices that stood since 1084 on the site, 80 meters from the Henry VIII gate of Windsor Castle. Peter Scheemakers, famous for his sculptures in Westminster Abbey, created a memorial to Topham Foote or Foot, son of Samuel Foote and Arabella Topham Foote, that greets visitors using the High Street entrance. The memorial includes the young man's bust and the Foote crest. A second Scheemakers' memorial honors Topham Foote's mother and her second husband Thomas Reeve. Most tourists consider The Last Supper by Francis Cleyn a must-view. The painting and the frame were fully restored in 2003 under the leadership of Churchwarden Michael Harding. George III gave the painting and frame to Windsor Parish Church after it hung nearly a century in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. 
Eton
  • Eton College, Eton,  +44 1753 671177. March-early October, see website. See School Yard and the College Chapel (building started in 1441 and one of the finest examples of fifteenth century Perpendicular Gothic architecture). Walk around their extensive playing fields some of which are adjacent to the River Thames. Opening hours vary depending on time of year and school term; see 'Visits to Eton' topic on the Eton College website or see the website above. £3.45-£4.20. 
  • Brocas Meadows, Eton. Just across Windsor Bridge. These attractive meadows offer a spectacular view across the river of Windsor and the Castle. Free.

Do

  • French Brothers Boat Tour (river trip), Windsor Promenade, Windsor,  +44 1753 851900. Easter-October M-Su every half hour (2 hour trips at 1:30PM and 2:30PM). Run 40 minute and 2 hour trips, principally up-river and with views of Windsor Castle, Eton College, Brocas Meadows, Windsor Racecourse, Bray Film Studios (2 hour trip only) and Monkey Island (2 hour trip only). £4.50-£7 (adult); £2.25-£3.50. 
  • Salters Steamers Boat Tour (river trip), Thames Side, Windsor,  +44 1865 243421. May-Sep M,Th,F 9AM&2:30PM (Staines trips); May-Sep Tu,W 9:15AM&2:15PM (Maidenhead trips). Run half-day trips down-river to Staines and up-river to Maidenhead. £7 (adult); £3.50 (child). 
  • Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor,  +44 1753 498400. Accessible on race days by the X77 shuttle bus from Windsor & Eton Riverside station (round trip £3) or boat shuttle from Thames Promenade (round trip £6). Day and evening meetings throughout the year; visit website or contact telephone number above for details. £6-£18. 
  • Theatre Royale, Thames Street, Windsor,  +44 1753 853888. Excellent, medium sized Victorian theatre, that always has a variety of touring productions, with a host of well known British actors.

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156 km
2,0 km
17 m

 

GB-SL4 2RJ Windsor

 

Private/B&B

 
 

374 km
0,3 km
15 m

GB-SE10 London/Greenwich

 

Heritage building(s)/World heritage site

Old Royal Naval College
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
O2 Arena, near to Blackwall Tunnel, Greenwich

Greenwich is the famous maritime district of south east London and features several popular attractions.

Greenwich town centre lies at the west end of the larger Royal Borough of Greenwich, which also includes Eltham and Woolwich. North Greenwich is a separate district and includes the O2 Arena.

Understand

Greenwich is a district of great historic importance and Maritime Greenwich is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Nearby Blackheath is a leafy area of grand historic homes.

In 2012, Greenwich became a Royal Borough.

See

Although far from central London, Greenwich is the home of several interesting tourist attractions. The combination of Greenwich Park, the Royal Observatory, the Queens House and the Royal Naval College make up Maritime Greenwich, which is a site on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • The Cutty Sark, King William Walk (Adjacent to Greenwich Pier),  +44 20 8858-3445. 10:00-17:00, closed 24-26 Dec. A preserved tea and wool clipper built in 1869 which set the record for passage from Australia under sail. The ship was badly damaged by fire on 21 May 2007, but thankfully much of the ship's infrastructure had been removed at the time since a conservation project was underway. The site reopened in 2012 with changes to the display of the ship including raising it so that visitors can see the underneath. £13.50. Cutty Sark on Wikipedia 
  • The Fan Museum, 12 Croom's Hill, SE10 8ER (DLR: Cutty Sark/Greenwich),  +44 20 8305-1441. Tu–Sa 11:00–17:00; Su 12:00–17:00. The world's largest fan museum, for those who are big fans of fans. £4 (adults) & £3 (children 7–16 yrs). Fan Museum on Wikipedia 
  • Greenwich Park. 06:00-sunset. Situated on a hill rising up from Greenwich town centre, the park offers impressive views from the hilltop across the River Thames to Docklands and the City of London. The park also provides a setting for several historic buildings, including the Royal Observatory, the old Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House. Free. Greenwich Park on Wikipedia 
  • The National Maritime Museum, Romney Rd, SE10 9NF (DLR: Cutty Sark),  +44 20 8858-4422. 10:00-17:00, closed 24-26 Dec. Contains the UK's national collection of Maritime artefacts (although do not expect much in the way of whole ships). One of the buildings housing the museum is the Queens House, built by Inigo Jones as the first Palladian building in England. Free. National Maritime Museum on Wikipedia 
  • The Royal Observatory, Flamsteed House (In middle of Greenwich Park),  +44 20 8858-4422. 10:00-17:00, closed 24-26 Dec. The home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian line, this is one of the most important historic scientific sites in the world. It was founded by Charles II in 1675 and is, by international decree, the official starting point for each new day, year and millennium (at the stroke of midnight GMT as measured from the Prime Meridian). Now a detached part of the National Maritime Museum, it houses an impressive display and a recently-built planetarium. There are several different star shows per day and are well worth the money, especially as it's now the only celestial performance of its kind around, after the London Planetarium completely converted to Madame Tussauds. Free for entry to the observatory, £7 entrance for the Meridian Line and Flamsteed House, planetarium shows separate, £4.50-6.50 (combined tickets available). Royal Observatory, Greenwich on Wikipedia (updated May 2015)
  • The Royal Naval College, Old Royal Naval College, 2 Cutty Sark Gdns, SE10 9NN,  +44 20 8269-4747. Painted Hall and Chapel 10:00-17:00, closed 24-26 Dec. Built by Christopher Wren in 1694 as the Greenwich Hospital for the relief and support of seamen and their dependents and for the improvement of navigation. It became the Royal Naval College in 1869, and recently the University of Greenwich and Trinity College of Music have moved in. Best known for its Painted Hall, with elaborate ceiling and wall paintings executed by Sir James Thornhill between 1707 and 1726. Free. Royal Naval College, Greenwich on Wikipedia 
  • Ranger's House, Chesterfield Walk, SE10 8QX,  +44 20 8294-2548. At Blackheath, the Ranger's House maintains a large ceramic collection. adults £6.70, children £4.00, concessions £6.00. Ranger's House on Wikipedia 
  • Emirates Aviation Experience, Emirates Aviation Experience, Edmund Halley Way, London SE10 0FR (Next to the Greenwich Peninsula terminal of the Emirates AirLine),  +44 20 3440 7021 (Monday-Friday), +44 20 3475 8299 (Saturday-Sunday). Winter 10:00 - 18:00, Summer 10:00 - 19:00. For families and aviation enthusiasts, Emirates has created an interactive exhibition about how their A380 planes operate. Upgraded tickets are available that give up to 4 people the opportunity to experience a flight simulator in either an A380 or B777 cockpit. There is also an on-site cafe and souvenir shop. 

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  • The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX (tube:North Greenwich),  +44 20 8463-2000. 09:00–01:00 (last admission). The former Millennium Dome has been transformed into a major entertainment complex consisting of a large arena which plays host to a number of world class perfomers, a cinema which includes the largest screen in the UK, and numerous bars and restaurants. The O2 on Wikipedia 
  • Blackheath Heath Fireworks Display +44 20 8314-7321. Every Guy Fawkes night (5th of November) Lewisham council put on a spectacular free fireworks display. In the past few years crowds of over 100,000 have amassed, so arrive early to secure a good spot. The heath also hosts funfairs and circus at various times of the year. Free.
  • Greenwich Picturehouse, 180 Greenwich High Rd, SE10 8NN (tube: Cutty Sark/Greenwich),  +44 871 902 5732. Tends to show art-house films. The large Odeon multiplex has 18-screens, but is located a bit out-of-the way, at Bugsby Way, on the way to the O2 Arena. 
  • Greenwich Theatre, Croom's Hill, SE10 8ES (tube: Cutty Sark/Greenwich),  +44 20 8858-7755.
  • St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church St, SE10 9BJ (tube: Cutty Sark),  +44 20 8853-0687. A beautiful Baroque church designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor (and is rumoured to have links with Occultists, Freemasons and such-like). Hosts classical music concerts and organ recitals. Its Christmas choir is enjoyable also. St Alfege Church, Greenwich on Wikipedia 

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