Victoria-An intimate look at the Woman behind the Crown and her childhood

Victoria-An intimate look at the Woman behind the Crown and her childhood



It was the first day of the Discover the real Victoria, made in Kensington Exhibition, 24th May, a glorious day of summer sunshine and the Palace grounds were a busy sight! People sunbathing, reading or just relaxing.

The queues to the ticket office was long…

Kensington Palace: The queues at the ticket office for, Discover the Real Victoria exhibition was long!
Kensington Palace: The queues at the ticket office for, Discover the Real Victoria exhibition was long!

Fortunately for me, I did not have to wait in queue to get a ticket with a timed entry. As a Member of the Historic Royal Palaces, I get to visit at anytime and as many times as I wish. You can read more on the benefits of this Individual Membership here

Here’s how my day went at the exhibition in Kensington Palace.

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Discover the real Victoria exhibition

The exhibition was in two parts – Victoria: Woman and Crown and Victoria: A Royal Childhood.

1 | Victoria: A Royal Childhood

Victoria, A Royal Childhood was the first of the two exhibitions where I began my tour.

It was not overwhelmingly crowded as I anticipated it to be. I had plenty of time on my hands and I did not want to rush through. The exhibition allowed the visitors to follow a route through a suite of rooms and it did give me a feel of how Victoria grew up. There were many rooms here, and these have been curated to reflect how they would have been when young Victoria grew up. I will just mention a few that is of interest and which relates to the exhibition particularly the Red Saloon room, the Dance room, the Baby room, and the Playrooms.

1.1 | The Red Saloon room

The Red Saloon Room was where Queen Victoria held her first meeting with the Privy Council, the most senior ministers and advisors, on 20th June 1837.It was laid out with pretty little miniature figurines on top of the large long table, depicting the scene as painted by Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) in 1838.

Victoria's first meeting with her senior ministers in the Red Saloon Room
Victoria’s first meeting with her senior ministers in the Red Saloon Room
Kensington Palace: Red Saloon Room - First Council Meeting of Queen Victoria by Sir David Wilkie in 1838
Kensington Palace: Red Saloon Room – First Council Meeting of Queen Victoria by Sir David Wilkie in 1838

1.2 | The Dance Room where Victoria had her first dance with Albert

The dance room was dimly lit with a piano in one corner of the room.

I thought that the room was rather small. It was a little crowded here, so I walked briskly through to the next room.

1.3 | The Baby Room where Victoria was born

The baby room where Princess Victoria was born was one of the highlights of my visit.

The room was dressed in green wallpaper which, perhaps, reflects her maternal Leiningen heritage. It was gently warm, the drapes neatly pulled back and the sunlight coming through. It was not difficult to imagine for a moment, stepping back into history, where the room was the same, and the glorious sunshine streaming through on a very ordinary Spring morning, same day in May, 200 years ago. Described as “a pretty little Princess, as plump as a partridge” by her Mother, the Duchess of Kent in a personal letter, the heir, fifth in line to the throne was born.

I remained fascinated with the unfolding of her story as I continued on to Her playrooms.

Kensington Palace: A Royal Childhood - The Baby Room where Victoria was born
Kensington Palace: A Royal Childhood – The Baby Room where Victoria was born
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Victoria, Duchess of Kent with Victoria, later Queen Victoria, c.1824 (enamel on copper), Henry Bone (1755-1834) / Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2018 (credit to: http://blog.bridgemanimages.com/

1.4 | Victoria’s Playroom

Her playrooms were well laid out with a toy box in the centre of the room. There was an invitation for children to sit on the carpet and play with the toys from the toy box, a gesture which I thought was unusual. I have visited many palaces and castles during my visits and usually there are signs that says “please do not touch” – I was pleasantly surprised that here, and I welcome the idea too, to engage children-visitors to get the feel of how Victoria played.

I was enchanted with Victoria’s doll house, with its miniature furniture and pretty colours. It was an ordinary London townhouse. It is thought that it was probably made by the palace staff with household bibs and bobs and scrapes of pretty pink palace wallpaper.

The Ten Wooden Peg Dolls caught my attention. Victoria started collecting these when she was 11 years old. After two years, she had 132 dolls, each with a name and its own background story either after her favourite dancers or imaginary ladies.

Kensington Palace: A Royal Childhood - Victoria's Doll House
Kensington Palace: A Royal Childhood – Victoria’s Doll House

1.5 | Victoria’s Journal and Kensington System

Victoria had vivid imagination and would describe the characters in detail. She was lost in writing her own stories.

The rooms displayed her journal entries and, in some instances her handwritten entries. These captivated my interests and I spent some time reading them. The sight of “Kensington System” hung on the wall and the distressing effects of these rules did not go amiss but I remained fascinated by her story.

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Kensington Palace: A Royal Childhood – Kensington System Rules

1.6 | Theatre Room

There was a Theatre room which was cute. Victoria loved the theatre, and she attended the concerts and the theatre shows as often as she could. It was one way to escape the constraints of the “Kensington System”.

Kensington Palace: A Royal Childhood - The Theatre Room where Victoria visited to escape the Kensington System
Kensington Palace: A Royal Childhood – The Theatre Room where Victoria visited to escape the Kensington System

From the Royal Childhood of Victoria, the exhibition continued on to Woman and Crown Exhibition.



2 | Victoria – Woman and Crown (1819 – 1901)

There were a lot of information exhibited here and dresses she wore. This exhibition was aimed at unveiling the private life of Queen Victoria behind the carefully controlled public image of her role as queen, wife, mother and empress.

Kensington Palace: Victoria - Woman and Crown (1819-1901)
Kensington Palace: Victoria – Woman and Crown (1819-1901)

2.1 | Victoria as a Woman

As a woman, Victoria was totally in love with Prince Albert. She commissioned a secret portrait of herself as a surprise gift to Prince Albert for his 24th birthday. The portrait shows Victoria in a simple ivory gown, looking relaxed, with her long hair round her shoulders in a sensuous manner – intended for his eyes only!

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Kensington Palace: Victoria – Woman and Crown Exhibition, The Secret Portrait of Queen Victoria, by Franz Xaver Winterhalter in 1843, Lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the exhibition.

2.2 | Victoria as a Woman

As a wife, Victoria adored her husband, Prince Albert. In her words, he was “an angel whose brightness shall illuminate my life” – she submitted to the choices of her husband in all matters.

The dresses and the jewellery she wore was often designed and chosen by Albert. They both often appeared in public together which made them popular with the nation. 

One of the displays exhibited a gown worn by Victoria which was originally in bright pink and fashionable at that time. Queen Victoria always wore a bonnet when in public with Prince Albert because she did not want to upstage her husband who had no right to wear a crown. A stark contrast to the black gowns, and widow’s bonnet which she was so famous for wearing later in life.

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The original colour of this dress was bright pink . Queen Victoria wore a bonnet so as not to upstage her husband.

2.3 | Victoria as a Mother

As a mother, I think her views can best be attributed to one of her journal entries in 1952: 

“Children, though often a source of anxiety and difficulty, are a great blessing and cheer and brighten up life, and to see us after 12 years surrounded by this blooming family is a source of great gratitude”

2.4 | Victoria as an Empress

As an empress of the world’s largest empire, the exhibits displayed the story behind her love affair with India, the Koh-i-Noor diamond, her friendship with deposed Maharajah Duleep Singh.

There were exhibits of her personal diaries inscribed in Urdu.

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Kensington Palace: Victoria, Woman and Crown Exhibition – Victoria’s love affair with India takes centre stage at the Exhibition
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Kensington Palace: Victoria, Woman and Crown Exhibition – Personal diary of Queen Victoria with inscriptions in Urdu

2.5 | Victoria’s love affair with the Scottish Highlands

There were further exhibits on her visits to the Scottish Highlands and Balmoral. The couple’s first visit was in 1848 and she captured their first moments in her journal entry where she wrote:

“All seemed to breathe freedom and peace, and to make one forget the world and its sad turmoils”

They loved the mountains, the people, the highland games and the dances.

Queen Victoria published a book in 1868, ‘Leaves from the Journal of our Life in the Highlands from 1848 – 1861’ – this book were of extracts from her journal, of her time in Scotland with Albert.  The book sold 80,000 copies in the first 3 months. You can purchase a copy by clicking the link below:

Read more on 200th Anniversary of Queen Victoria’s Birth – this blog contains a video on Balmoral Castle which gives a splendid view of the beauty of Scottish Highlands.

2.6 | Victoria’s love affair with Isle of Wight

Queen Victoria once said of Osborne House, that “it would be impossible to imagine a prettier spot” and one could not agree with her more! Osborne House became her permanent home till her death in 1901.



Travel tips and Useful information:

Tickets

Visiting during Covid-19 and adhering to safety measures – Pre-booking and selecting a specific time slot is required prior to the day of your visit. All related information are here for you to peruse.

Tickets are £17.50 for Adults    and     £8.70 for Child

The ticket covers entry to Kensington Palace and the Discover the Real Victoria – Made in Kensington Exhibition.

You may wish to consider purchasing an Annual Membership with the Historic Royal Palaces which grants you unlimited access to 6 Royal Palaces including Kensington Palace.

Opening Times

Monday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00

Last admission: 17:00

Getting here

Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens,

London W8 4PX

Public Transport

London Underground and trains

High Street Kensington station (10 – 15 minute walk) – for the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines

Queensway station (10 – 15 minute walk) – for the Central line

Notting Hill Gate station (20 – 25 minute walk) – for Central, District and Circle lines

Paddington station (20 minute walk)

Bus

Routes 70, 94, 148, and 390 stop along Bayswater Road

Routes 9, 10, 49, 52, 70 and 452 stop along Kensington High Street



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Kensington Palace – Why you should visit this 18th century historical gem

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Kensington Palace – A Royal Residence

These days, Kensington Palace is the royal residence for the young royals, who are the direct descendants of Queen Victoria. The Palace is the official London residence for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It was the former home of late Princess Diana. The Palace has a long history of being a residence for the British Royal Family since the 17th century when King William III and Queen Mary II took residence just before Christmas of 1689.

A little background to Kensington Palace

The building was originally a 2-storey Jacobean mansion in the village of Kensington which the Royal couple purchased in the summer of 1689. They then enlisted Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) to design and build a palace that was fit for a King & Queen. A few additions were made to Kensington Palace during the reign of King George I like the Privy Chamber and the Cupola Room. The mural on the walls of the King’s Grand Staircase was painted by William Kent during this period also (more on this below).


To know more of the Palace’s 300-year-old royal history and secrets, you can purchase the new book by Historic Royal Palaces, Kensington Palace: Art, Architecture and Society’ which unfolds the Palace’s story from the time of its foundation to present state.


MyCityMyTown London Series on Kensington Palace

What drew me to the Palace this time was the Exhibition held in honour of 200th year of Queen Victoria’s birth, Discover the real Victoria, made in Kensington, which also coincides with my 3rd instalment of MyCityMyTown Retracing my footsteps Series

Kensington Palace: Celebrating 200th year of Queen Victoria's Birth
Kensington Palace: Celebrating 200th year of Queen Victoria’s Birth

I was excited to visit this exhibition as I am a great admirer of Queen Victoria, as well as the Palace. It was a perfect opportunity as I haven’t been here for a few years, having only a faint memory of the artwork and the internal architecture of this beautiful palace.

Learn more about the exhibition and what I thought of it in my article: Victoria-An intimate look at the woman behing the crown and her childhood.



Highlights of my visit to Kensington Palace

I will share with you the highlights of the palace visit. I have also written several other blogs related to Kensington Palace which you can read more of by clicking the links provided at the end of this post. I think a visit here should be high on one’s list because the palace itself is an architectural delight and the gardens are splendid for a rest afterwards.

1 | The Cupola Room

The Cupola Room took me by surprise. I don’t recall visiting this room on my previous visits. I was completely and utterly lost for words when I saw the elaborate designs in this room and how splendidly it was decorated. It was different to the rest of the palace rooms. Designed by William Kent (1685 – 1748), who was commissioned by George I in the mid-1720s, he was involved in every aspect of the room’s design, furnishings and decorations

The room is Roman inspired four-sided dome with a steeply curved ceiling and a Garter Star in the centre.

Kensington Palace: Cupola Room - Roman inspired four-sided dome with a steeply curved ceiling and Garter Star in the centre.
Kensington Palace: Cupola Room – Roman inspired four-sided dome with a steeply curved ceiling and Garter Star in the centre.

1.1 | Temple of the Four Great Monarchies of the World

Right in the centre of the room is an ornate musical clock surmounted on a pedestal, called the ‘Temple of the Four Great Monarchies of the World’ which was purchased in 1743 by Princess Augusta and was placed in this room soon afterwards. The name of the clock refers to Assyria, Persia, Greece and Rome – the four great empires of antiquity. These are represented on each of the faces of the clock. I discovered that the clock’s mechanism to play music has stopped. The clock was designed by Charles Clay, a clockmaker who specialised in musical clocks in the form of miniature temples. 

An ornate musical clock, designed by Charles Clay, called the 'Temple of the Four Great Monarchies of the World" surmounted on a pedestal, sits in the centre of Cupola Room
An ornate musical clock, designed by Charles Clay, called the ‘Temple of the Four Great Monarchies of the World” surmounted on a pedestal, sits in the centre of Cupola Room at Kensington Palace.
Kensington Palace: Cupola Room - Walls with painted pilasters, marble chimney piece and gold gilded statues in the flickering candlelight.
Kensington Palace: Cupola Room – Walls with painted pilasters, marble chimney piece and gold gilded statues in the flickering candlelight.

The walls are adorned with painted pilasters, marble chimney pieces and gold gilded statues. The whole room dazzles in the flickering candlelight – pure elegance.

You can read more about William Kent here, who went on to design the King’s Grand Staircase.



2 | This King’s Grand Staircase

The King’s Grand Staircase is the first link to the King’s State Apartments. The walls surrounding the staircase was painted by William Kent in 1720, depicting George I’s court.

Kensington Palace: Kings Grand Staircase - The first link to the King's State Apartments. The walls surrounding the staircase was painted by William Kent in 1720, depicting George I's court.
Kensington Palace: Kings Grand Staircase – The first link to the King’s State Apartments. The walls surrounding the staircase was painted by William Kent in 1720, depicting George I’s court.
Kensington Palace: Kings Grand Staircase - The first link to the King's State Apartments. The walls surrounding the staircase was painted by William Kent in 1720, depicting George I's court. There are about 45 intriguing figures here.
Kensington Palace: Kings Grand Staircase – The first link to the King’s State Apartments. The walls surrounding the staircase was painted by William Kent in 1720, depicting George I’s court. There are about 45 intriguing figures here.

This 18th century artwork is full of intriguing characters, about 45 of them including Kent himself with his mistress. It has presented historians with a puzzle because only 12 of them could be identified from records.  This grandiose of a staircase is a “must-see” as you will be walking in the footsteps of royalty and the great and good of Georgian London, all 45 historic steps.

3 | The Ceilings in Kensington Palace

As you can imagine, there are many rooms here, such as the Privy Chamber, the Presence Chamber, the Kings Gallery, the King’s Drawing Room, the Queen’s Gallery, and the Queen’s Grand Staircase. In whichever room you are in, don’t forget to look-up, because you will marvel at some of these pretty sights 😊

Kensington Palace: The Kings Drawing Room - Don't forget to look-up! You will marvel at some of these.
Kensington Palace: The Kings Drawing Room – Don’t forget to look-up! You will marvel at some of these.
Kensington Palace: The Kings Gallery - Don't forget to look up!
Kensington Palace: The Kings Gallery – Don’t forget to look up!

My final thoughts on my visit to Kensington Palace

In short – Kensington Palace should be on your list!

Kensington Palace is one of the Royal Palaces I enjoyed visiting and the architecture in some of these rooms were mind-blowing. I would recommend that it should be on your list of places to visit in London. You can combine a visit to the Palace with a visit to the Palace Gardens and enjoy a Royal High Tea – a very popular and sell-out event!

I hope you would be inspired to visit, explore and discover the stories and secrets behind these walls.


Complete your visit to Kensington Palace with a Royal High Tea, Book your space using the link below. Only limited spaces available.


Suggested Reading

Kensington Palace Gardens

200th Anniversary of Queen Victoria’s Birth

Why the Historic Royal Palaces Annual Membership is good for me

Practical information on Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace: Opening times

Daily except 24-26 December.

Summer (01 March – 31 October)

Monday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00

Last admission: 17:00

Winter (01 November – 28 February)

Monday-Sunday: 10:00-16:00

Last admission: 15:00

Getting here

London Underground and trains

High Street Kensington station (10 – 15 minute walk) – for the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines

Queensway station (10 – 15 minute walk) – for the Central line

Notting Hill Gate station (20 – 25 minute walk) – for Central, District and Circle lines

Paddington station (20 minute walk) – for National Rail

Bus

Routes 70, 94, 148, and 390 stop along Bayswater Road

Routes 9, 10, 49, 52, 70 and 452 stop along Kensington High Street

Parking

Q-Park Queensway (10 minute walk)

Euro Car Parks, Hyde Park/Bayswater Road (10 minute walk)



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Royal Palaces and Royal Parks-MyCityMyTown London Series

Royal Palaces and Royal Parks-MyCityMyTown London Series

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MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series

The 3rd instalment is Here! To my fellow Adventurers who have been with me since January 2019, you are no stranger to this Series and thank you for your patience. For the Adventurers who are here for the first time, Hello and Welcome to my page. My 3rd instalment on MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series is on Royal Palaces and Royal Parks.

Appreciating London Series is a series of blogs designed to offer suggestions and travel tips with the aim to inspire mature travellers to visit London. This Series of blogs will be on my personal experiences and memories of each of the places I had visited with my kids and now, revisiting.

Collection of yesteryears

Taking a close look at my journey in life at the end of 2018 was an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane, to re-trace my footsteps and to reflect upon the best of “yesterday,” in this beautiful City which is My Town. I am thankful for much. You can read the full article by clicking MyCityMyTown London Series here. You can also find out What made the #1 and #2 on the Series and Why by clicking #1 and #2 .

As for my 3rd instalment on the Series, I decided to retrace my footsteps on the Royal Palaces and the Royal Parks. The Royal Palaces and the Royal Parks hold special places for me as I used to frequent these with my kids and there are many beautiful treasured memories. These days, as I walk through Kensington Gardens and the Statute of Peter Pan, I remember the fun, the laughter and their theatrics…and realise how time has flown by 😊

Appreciating London

Besides the memories with my kids, another reason for Appreciating London is because I love summer in London – the Not too hot summer when the temperature is around 24 or 25 degrees max. As a Londoner, I am very fortunate to have so much to see, witness, experience and lots of green spaces to getaway to if and when I wished. Almost everything happens here, right here in London! Moreover, London has, for the most times, pretty cool weather, except for a few weeks or so when the temperature soars and the heatwave sets-in. I don’t like it when it is too hot but I know many of you can’t have enough of it 🙂 

Plan ahead

As the summer weather sets in , Retracing my Footsteps in London has led me to discover many new things that I had not previously. I am seeing My City both as a Londoner and as a tourist. This has gently reminded me of many experiences throughout the years and the many visits where my kids and I would just hop onto the train for a half-hour ride to the heart of the City. These were mostly unplanned or involved overnight planning of a visit to a Royal Palace or a Castle, a picnic in the park, and games or read a book until sundown etc. 

Looking back, these were unplanned visits. Although there is fun in doing things impromptu, I believe there must be a general plan of what one intends to do, and you can save money as a result. Therefore, this time I have incorporated planning into my visits, because Planning is Important. I have written a blog on the 5 Reasons Why  Travel Planning Is Important which you may want to read and share your thoughts with me in comments below. What planning has helped me do this time was to think about researching for deals that would suit my plans – more on this below.

I hope you will enjoy reading about the Royal Palaces and the Royal Parks as much as I enjoy writing about them.

The Royal Palaces – Royal Palaces and Royal Parks in London Series

On the Royal Palaces, the following are the ones which are included in this Series. I will write on each of the palaces as I visit them.

If you are planning a visit to London or you are a Londoner looking for something to do, and wish to visit any of the Royal Palaces, here are my pick of the top 8 palaces and castles to visit in London or within a short trip of London, in no particular order:

1. Buckingham Palace | Royal Palaces and Royal Parks

Buckingham Palace is the most favourite among visitors to London. Buckingham Palace Tours start 20th July 2019 and runs throughout August and close 29th September 2019.  You can skip the line and purchase your tickets here.

January 2020 Update: Buckingham Palace is now closed to the public and re-opens in summer of 2020

1.1 | Royal Mews

However, you can still visit the Royal Mews. The Royal Mews is one of the finest working stables in existence and is responsible for all road travel arrangements for The Queen and the Royal Family. You will also see the spectacular new Diamond Jubilee State Coach, some of the Queen’s horses and meet the famous Windsor Greys or Cleveland Bays. You can puchase your tickets to the Royal Mews here.

1.2 | Changing of the Guard Ceremony

You can still watch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside Buckingham Palace as this is a FREE event. This is a popular event, so ensure you are there early to secure a a good viewing point. The ceremony takes places from 10:45 a.m. and lasts for 45 minutes.

The Changing of the Guards Ceremony is where the Buckingham Palace Old Guard arrives and forms up in the forecourt of the Palace from 10:30 a.m. onwards and they are joined by the Old Guard from St James’ Palace at 10:45 a.m. The New Guard then arrives from the Wellington Barracks to take over the responsibilities from the Old Guard. This formal ceremony is accompanied by music. There will be no ceremonies in poor weather conditions or when there are other ceremonial events taking place. You can check the Changing of the Guard Ceremony schedule with the Household Division here

2. Windsor Castle | Royal Palaces and Royal Parks

A trip to the UK or London is never complete without a trip to Windsor, the home of the historic Windsor Castle.

Windsor is a historic market town in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, Southeast England. It has a lively atmosphere with great shopping and restaurants. It sits on River Thames, just west of London, and is under an hour’s journey from London 

I have visited Windsor Castle a number of times over the years and the highlights in my article of this iconic and historical castle will help you plan your itinerary. I have also included travel tips and practical information to aid your planning. Read more on How to make the Best of Windsor Castle in I day here.

England: Windsor Castle
The Main Entrance to Windsor Castle_view from the Cambridge Gate
The Inner Courtyard of the Upper Ward is home to private apartments in Windsor Castle.
The Inner Courtyard of the Upper Ward is home to private apartments in Windsor Castle.

3. Kensington Palace London

These days, Kensington Palace is the royal residence for the young royals, who are the direct descendants of Queen Victoria. The Palace is the official London residence for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It was the former home of late Princess Diana. The Palace has a long history of being a residence for the British Royal Family since the 17th century when King William III and Queen Mary II took residence just before Christmas of 1689.

What drew me to the Palace this time was the Exhibition held in honour of 200th year of Queen Victoria’s birth, and learnt much about the Real Victoria. My visit to Kensington Palace coincided with my current 3rd instalment of MyCityMyTown Retracing my footsteps Series

Kensington Palace. One of the Royal Palaces visited in #3 MyCityMyTown Appreciating London Series - Royal Palaces and Royal Parks
Kensington Palace. One of the Royal Palaces visited in #3 MyCityMyTown Appreciating London Series – Royal Palaces and Royal Parks

Kensington Palace is one of the Royal Palaces I enjoyed visiting and the architecture in some of these rooms were mind-blowing. Read the full article on KENSINGTON PALACE: WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THIS 18TH CENTURY HISTORICAL GEM

Other Palaces on the list are:

4. Tower of London

5. Kew Palace

6. Clarence House

7. Banqueting House

8. Hampton Court Palace

Best-deals: All the Royal Palaces and Castles offer individual or combined tickets. As you know, it is cheaper to buy combined tickets. Also, it is cheaper to skip the line and buy the tickets online. As for me, I discovered that the Historic Royal Palaces offer of an Annual Membership to be beneficial. You can read about Why the Historic Royal Palaces Annual Membership is good for me here

Alongside the Royal Palaces in the City of London, there are also several parks  and large green spaces where one can escape to from the norm of sightseeing and crowded streets. Below, you will find a list of Royal Parks which I hope you will enjoy.

The Royal Parks | Royal Palaces and Royal Parks London Series

There are 8 Royal Parks, together they offer 5000 acres of green spaces which provides a natural habitat for many wildlife. The Parks are open to everyone throughout the year, where you can have a gentle stroll, exercise, have a bike-ride, have a picnic or just grab a seat at a bench and watch the world go by…

The 8 Parks are:

1. The Regents Park and Primrose Hill, London

Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill is a large green space that offers a sanctuary for people who are constantly on the go with City’s hum-drum. Regent’s Park is different, from the other Parks in London because of its tranquil settings, beautiful landscape and the opportunity to catch either the sunset or the sunrise at Primrose Hill. There are flowers of all colours, roses especially, 12,000 of them, all named and planted in neat rows (more on this below). This is a place where you can spend hours admiring the sea of colours and enjoy the amazing fragrances.  A total paradise.

Regent's Park: This tree-lined path welcomes you to Avenue Gardens.
Regent’s Park: This tree-lined path welcomes you to Avenue Gardens.
Queen Mary's Garden, Regent's Park
Queen Mary’s Garden, Regent’s Park

For me, every visit to Regent’s Park had been a journey of new experiences and discovery, even more so on my recent visits which was part of MyCityMyTown – London Series.

You can read more on The Regents Park and Primrose Hill here.

2. Kensington Palace Gardens, London

Kensington Palace Gardens is made up of beautiful landscaped grounds. Trees here are planted in straight lines, there are some unique looking ones near the round pond and colourful flowering shrubs which makes a visit here more than inviting.

The Round Pond at Kensington Palace Gardens - one of the 8 Royal Parks in London. #3 in MyCityMyTown Appreciating London Series - Royal Palaces and Royal Parks.
The Round Pond at Kensington Palace Gardens. – one of the 8 Royal Parks in London. #3 in MyCityMyTown Appreciating London Series – Royal Palaces and Royal Parks.

The Sunken Garden is my favourite part of the Palace grounds. I am sure it is the case for many visitors to this idyllic location.

It was planted in 1908 and resembles classical gardens of the 18th century in the UK. A secluded oasis of peaceful haven with ornamental flower beds, an ornamental pond with fountains and a variety of vibrant, exotic and colourful plants like roses, geraniums, cannas and begonias.

Kensington Palace: The Sunken Garden
Kensington Palace: The Sunken Garden
Kensington Palace Gardens: The sunken garden, summer 2019
Kensington Palace Gardens: The sunken garden, summer 2019

For the full article on Kensington Palace Gardens, read KENSINGTON PALACE GARDENS – AN IDYLLIC GETAWAY FROM CHAOS OF THE CITY here.

3. Greenwich Park, London

Greenwich, London is a nice little town just a stone’s throw away from London, in the south-east which sits on the banks of River Thames, accessible with a 20-minute journey from London (Bank Station). It is a popular destination for tourists because of its maritime and astronomy history.

The area, Royal Greenwich Park is host to the Royal Museum Greenwich (RMG) which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of four top attractions.

1. Royal Observatory,

2. Queen’s House

3. National Maritime Museum

4. Cutty Sark.

All of these attractions are within walking distance of each other and would typically fill a full-day itinerary.

This quaint little town is definitely a Must-Do for families with kids, grand-kids, solo travellers and couples – not only for the over 50’s but at any age! You will experience history, lots of free exhibits and guided tours. You will also save money  Read the full article on 45 Experiences and More in 1 Day at Greenwich.

Other Parks in London

4. Hyde Park

5. St James’ Park

6. Hyde Park

7. Richmond Park

8. Bushy Park

  Information on the rest of the the Royal Parks are available here.

I hope this page has given you a flavour of what My Timeless Footsteps is all about and what you can expect from me, Georgina. I invite you to join me, plan your next adventure and experience the wonder of exploring and discovering. Where would your next adventure take you?  Get in touch via the comments box below or Contact Form. I would love to hear from you.

Happy exploring, discovering London!

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The second n MyCity & MyTown, Appreciating London Series is Greenwich.

For some of you who are my first-time readers, you may wonder what Appreciating London Series is all about. Briefly, earlier this year I started a Series on London retracing my footsteps as a Londoner with the aim to sharing what I now find and how I see them. You can read more on the introduction to the Series by clicking this link  My City & My Town – Appreciating London Series.

You can catch-up with the other two blogs in the series by clicking the links below:

#1 in My City & My Town – Appreciating London Series: What makes St Paul’s Cathedral in London a Special Place to Visit?

What is Next to St Paul’s that has its origins in Medieval times? – Paternoster Square

The current blog on Greenwich is a January 2020 Update, so you may want to read my 3rd instalment on the Series

#3 in MyCityMyTown-Appreciating London Series-Royal Palaces and Royal Parks

For now, come along and let’s explore Greenwich.

Greenwich, London

Greenwich is a nice little town just a stone’s throw away from London, in the south-east which sits on the banks of River Thames, accessible with a 20-minute journey from London (Bank Station). It is a popular destination for tourists because of its maritime and astronomy history.

There are a good selection of shops for fashion and jewellery and a wealth of quality food to choose from with many pubs here serving food [see below]. This quintessential town is home to one of London’s popular flea market, Greenwich Market [more on this market below] which is just 2-minutes from the station.

The area, Royal Greenwich Park is host to the Royal Museum Greenwich (RMG) which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of four top attractions.

1. Royal Observatory,

Q2. Queen’s House

3. National Maritime Museum

4. Cutty Sark.

All of these attractions are within walking distance of each other and would typically fill a full-day itinerary.

Plan ahead to maximise your experience

This quaint little town is definitely a Must-Do for families with kids, grand-kids, solo travellers and couples – not only for the over 50’s but at any age! You will experience history, lots of free exhibits and guided tours. You will also save money when buying a combined ticket and there are additional savings when buying online – which means you need to plan your visit at least a couple of days prior – more on this below.

In addition, there is a lot to see and do in this little town and if you only have a day to spare, then you may need a workable itinerary so that you do not miss out on memorable experiences. For a workable itinerary when visiting Greenwich, plan ahead!

Read Next: 5 Reasons why travel planning is important – I think it does wonders for your wellbeing!

As for me, I wanted to witness the Red Time Ball at 1 p.m. which meant that everything else had to revolve around that. Read on and discover how I managed 45 Experiences and More in One Day at Greenwich. Let me know what you think of my day in comments below.

An early start to the day’s itinerary at Greenwich, London

I am familiar with Greenwich as I frequently visit here to meet friends for a meal or for drinks. However, on this particular occasion as I re-traced my steps as an “explorer/adventurer”, my objective was to achieve my itinerary as I planned.

I began my day early to arrive at Greenwich for 09:45. I started the day right 🙂 with a cup of coffee and a Chelsea bun at the family owned Peyton and Byrne Cafe. Oh yes! I do have a sweet tooth although I do not indulge with such treats often. However, on this occasion, with all the walking ahead of me, I felt I needed the sugar!

My first stop was the Greenwich Market. Afterwards, I walked around the town for a bit before making my way along King William Walk and across the Royal Park towards the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium. It was not a very busy morning on that day in the market or the town, so it was a little easier to click away. The following is the itinerary of how I spent the day at Greenwich.

1. Greenwich Market

Each time I visit Greenwich, I take the opportunity to visit the Greenwich Market which is right in the centre of town and today was no different. The aroma of fresh coffee and freshly baked bread and pastries was inviting even as I walked along the road towards the market. It was not busy but the crowd was beginning to form.

Greenwich Market in the morning.
Greenwich Market: Seemed a quiet morning but the crowd was beginning to form.

Greenwich Market was established in 1737 and today, this covered market is fun, colourful and bustling with shoppers from the beginning of the market-day till it closes. There is no shortage of a great selection of antiques shops, handmade gift ideas, arts and crafts, British designer fashion and jewellery.

As with any markets, Greenwich Market offers delicious street food on-the-go that spans the globe, ranging from organic, vegan or gluten-free options.

You can find all kinds of food to satisfy your palate including totally 100% Vegan!
You can find a great selection of food to satisfy your palate including totally 100% Vegan!

There is also a huge selection of freshly baked bloomers, delis and cakes, something for everyone! 

If you are a foodie or if you just want an off-the-beaten path experience with eateries that even the locals don’t know about,  you could join the Greenwich Food Tour where you will experience English and International cuisines. Find out more on Greenwich Food Tour.

Freshly baked bloomers and pastries at Greenwich Market
Freshly baked bloomers and pastries at Greenwich Market

Travel tips and Useful information on Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market:

Opening hours:  10:00 – 17:30,  7-days a week and Bank Holidays

Address: Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ

2. In and around Greenwich Town

It is certainly a pleasure to walk around this quaint town! In a little town such as this, you will be surprised to find a variety of shops for fashion and jewellery, on the main street and some tucked away in the nooks of the town.

Nauticalia

A shop that I will highly recommend, is Nauticalia, located on Nelson Road and on the corner of King William Walk – you can’t miss it! It is famously quoted as the First Shop in the World! but this claim is probably not true – it is more accurate to regard that this is the first shop in Greenwich since Greenwich Mean Time was invented, so first shop since time began in 1847.

Nauticalia - The first shop in Greenwich since Time began in 1847
Nauticalia – The first shop in Greenwich since Time began in 1847

Nauticalia is a beautiful little shop, which looks more like a novelty store from the outside. It is home to unique nautical gifts and collectables. You will find beautiful clocks and barometers, tools and gadgets, and compasses – all making wonderful souvenirs to purchase. Nauticalia is popular amongst tourists as it is a great part of Greenwich and it is worth a visit when you are here.

Travel tips and Useful information on Nauticalia:

Nauticalia:

25 Nelson Road, Greenwich, SE10 9JB

Places to eat

There is amazingly a wealth of quality food to choose from with many pubs here serving the pub-grub, Italian and French cafes that serves great coffees and fresh pastries,  a choice of Chinese, Vietnamese and of course food-on-the-go. The following places offer a good choice if you are looking for one.

  1. Greenwich Tavern – Is an attractive pub with an elegant interior that serves traditional British pub grub, fish & chips, burgers and sausage & mash. It offers a kids menu for your young ones. This pub offers cocktails and beers as well as real ales. I had visited here on a number of occasions but have not tried the cocktails here  yet. It is definitely a place for me return to on another day during happy hour, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Greenwich Tavern. It is pub that also serves cocktails and offers a family-friendly setting and a kids menu .
Greenwich Tavern is set over two-floors. It is pub that also serves cocktails and offers a family-friendly setting and a kids menu .

2. You can head-over to the Kings Arms, for a traditional pub-grub also if you prefer a different setting.

The Kings Arms at Greenwich Town for your pub-grub!
The Kings Arms at Greenwich Town for your pub-grub!

3. There are a great variety of restaurants such as Bills, takeaways and cafes which caters for all palates.

Greenwich offer a selection of cafes and restaurants to cater for all palates.
Greenwich offer a selection of cafes and restaurants to cater for all palates.

4. The family-run cafe, Goddards of Greenwich, has been here since 1890 and offer delicious home-made pies which you may want to try.

Goddards of Greenwich - Serving home-made pies since 1890
Goddards of Greenwich – Serving home-made pies since 1890

It was easy to be lost in my own thoughts when here but I was mindful of my time and everything that I wanted to see before 6 p.m. Besides the quaint town, the Market and the shops, what makes Greenwich popular are the four main attractions of the Royal Museums Greenwich.

Royal Museums Greenwich

With much anticipation, I began to make my way along King William Walk and across the Royal Park towards the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium, which was my first stop. It was a pleasant, cool morning with the rays of sun coming through between the trees and I just felt that the day ahead was going to be a splendid one.

My plan to visit the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium first was important because I wanted to watch the Planetarium Show at 11:45. So, a walk through the gallery and Flamsteed House before the show worked well because, after the show, I still had some time to explore which brought me nicely to watch the Red Time Ball drop at 1 p.m. Then, a walk downhill to the Queen’s House, followed by the Maritime Museum and then the Cutty Sark.

3. The Royal Observatory and the Planetarium, Greenwich, London

When one thinks of the town Greenwich, one can immediately relate the town to GMT, the Greenwich Mean Time, the Prime Meridian of the world, where zero degree longitude is marked – Yes! it is the home where time begins and ends, where east meets west! Time, the most precious commodity in life, is the Only commodity that we own, according to Baltasar Gracian who once said:

“All that really belong to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.”

So, where better a place is there than Greenwich itself for a day visit to discover the practicalities of accurate time and time distribution in everyday life with my young children many years ago. Thus, a visit in the present to the Royal Observatory brings me back to my early ‘Mum’ days when I took my little ones to teach them about Time and where it all began!

Greenwich is important to me because of the simple memories I have treasured during my visits there with my children. As you already know, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich Park is the Home of Astronomy and the Greenwich Mean Time, and it sits on a hill overlooking the Thames River. At the gates of the Royal Observatory, you will find the famous clock, Shepherd Clock.

i) Shepherd Clock at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

The Shepherd Clock at Greenwich
The Shepherd Clock at Greenwich

Although the concept of time and time-scale was conceived throughout many centuries, the practicality and technical ability to distribute accurate time into everyday life did not become possible until 1847 when this famous clock, became the first clock to ever to show GMT to the public. The unique feature of this famous Shepherd Clock is in the original slave dial. You will note that while the minute and seconds hand are conventional, the hour hand goes around the dial once in 24-hours, so at midday, the minute hand points to the top but the hour hand points to the bottom! Have I confused you yet? 😊

ii) Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

Besides the Shepherd Clock, the Prime Meridian of the World passes through here, marking the divide between the Eastern and the Western hemisphere. You can find this in the Meridian Courtyard.

The Meridian Line is one of my kids favourite. I have watched their little theatrics as they competed in trying to find the locations of Cities and discover how far exactly in distance they stood! They have stood astride the Prime Meridian, as if playing hopscotch, with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and the other foot in the western hemisphere. It was fun watching them 😊

The Prime Meridian at the Meridian Courtyard in Greenwich - shows the exact distance to a destination.
The Prime Meridian at the Meridian Courtyard in Greenwich – shows the exact distance to a destination.

iii) Flamsteed House at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

More importantly, of course, the Royal Observatory was created in the 1670s spurred on by King Charles II who wanted better navigation system for seamen and traders. He asked Sir Christopher Wren, who was also an architect, to design the building which is called Flamsteed House.

iv) Time and Longitude Galleries at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

It is here, at Flamsteed House, that you will find the Royal Observatory’s Time and Longitude galleries, home to the celebrated John Harrison’s “sea clocks”, H4. This is an interesting gallery especially for those with a scientific mind who wish to explore the history behind the various solutions developed by mathematicians and clockmakers in the 18th century. Also, on display here is the GPS receiver which Sir Robin Knox used on his round-the-world record breaking voyage in 1994.

v) Red Time Ball at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

Another attraction in Flamsteed House which, I think, you should simply witness at least once in your lifetime is the “function” of the bright red Time Ball which sits on top of Flamsteed House.

The Red Time Ball sits on top of Flamsteed House, Greenwich
The Red Time Ball sits on top of Flamsteed House, Greenwich

Historically, this red ball distributed time to ships on the Thames River and many Londoners. The questions you may ask – What does it exactly do? And how does it do it?

Well, since 1833 till today, each day at 12:55, the time ball rises half-way up its mast. At 12:58 exactly, the ball is raised all the way to the top. Then, at 13:00 exactly, the ball falls, thus providing a signal to anyone who is looking. When it was first used in 1833, the ship’s chronometer was accurately set before it set sail.

The Time Ball at 1 p.m Note the time displayed on the Shepherd Clock, Royal observatory and planetarium,Greenwich
The Time Ball at 1 p.m Note the time displayed on the Shepherd Clock, Greenwich
The Royal Observatory and Planetarium, Greenwich The Time Ball being dropped at 1 p.m.
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The Time Ball being dropped at 1 p.m.

vi) Planetarium at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

While here, you could also take a journey through space by visiting the Planetarium.Royal Observatory astronomer presents you with a journey to explore the night sky by flying to the heart of the Sun, takes you to the distant galaxies and see the birth of a star or land on Mars. This is an exciting ‘adventure’ for both young and old and definitely worth the experience. It is a ticketed event and it costs £8.00

The Planetarium at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
The Planetarium at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich

vii) The View

From the top of Greenwich Park at the Royal Observatory, you will have stunning views across the Royal Park towards the Queens House.

Stunning views of the Queen's House, River Thames and London's Skyline from the top of the hill at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
Stunning views of the Queen’s House, River Thames and London’s Skyline from the top of the hill at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

viii) Stroll across Greenwich Park

It is a pleasant stroll downhill, across the Park to the Queen’s House. When strolling through the park, be sure to keep a look out for the Royal Deer! Yeap! Deer – they are said to be the direct descendants of King Henry VIII’s hunting stock.

*Summary of Experiences at Royal Observatory & The Planetarium

  1. The Shepherd’s Clock
  2. Greenwich Meridian Line
  3. Flamsteed House
  4. Time & Longitude Galleries
  5. The Red Time Ball
  6. The Planetarium
  7. The View – stunning views of the Queen’s House, River Thames and London’s Skyline
  8. The Park – the chance to see the Royal Deer! 🙂

Travel tips and Useful Information on the Royal Observatory and Planetarium, Greenwich, London

Opening hours: 10:00 – 17:30

Admission:        Adult: £15.00     Child: £6.50     Day Explorer: Adult – £24.25 / Child – £11.50

Facilities:
Toilets and baby-change facilities are located:

  • on the Lower Ground floor;
  • after exiting the Admission area;
  • on the right-hand side after exiting the Admissions area;
  • at the base of the external staircases in front of Flamsteed House.

Tickets:

For tickets to visit the Royal Observatory which includes an audio guide, Get your Guide and to Save Money you could purchase the great value Day Explorer Ticket which combines a visit to the Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark (see below on Cutty Sark),  Get your Guide

4. The Queen’s House, Greenwich, London

The Queen’s House in Greenwich, unlike other buildings with the name “Queen’s House,” really is  a historic royal house which served as a former royal residence. It was Greenwich Palace, where Elizabeth I was born. The House was built between 1616 and 1636 and was designed by the famous architect, Inigo Jones. Jones was inspired by his travels in Italy and the Queen’s House was the first classical building in England and one of the very few surviving designs of Inigo Jones. The building is Grade 1 listed and is an ancient monument and includes the 35 metres (115 feet) axial vista to River Thames.

i) How did it begin?

It all began when James I gifted the building to his wife, Anne of Denmark, by way of an apology for swearing in her presence because she shot one of his favourite dogs whilst hunting. Work on the building commenced in 1616 but halted in 1619 when Anne of Denmark died, with only the first floor completed. Work on the house  continued again after some years in 1629, when Charles I gave Greenwich to his wife, Henrietta Maria. The House was finally completed in 1636.  Additional wings to the building were linked by colonnades built in 1807.

Today, you can wander around this magnificent building for Free which has undergone massive restoration in recent years and imagine what life would have been like all the way back in the 17th century. As mentioned earlier, this building is Grade 1 listed and is an ancient monument and includes the 35 metres (115 feet) axial vista to River Thames.

Colonnades linking the main building, the Queen's House with the additional wings
Colonnades linking the main building, the Queen’s House with the additional wings
Connecting arches between the colonnades at the Queen's House, Greenwich.
Connecting arches between the colonnades at the Queen’s House, Greenwich.

ii) Experience 400 years of history 

There are many reasons to visit this iconic building. The House has a wealth of history, all 400 years! Discover its history through the beautiful art collection that is available for you to view and gain insight into. The art collection spans through the ages especially the iconic Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I which was acquired for the nation in 2016. You will also discover the many stories of England’s past from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I to Charles I and beyond including the history of its architecture.

An art collection through the ages at the Queen's House

An art collection through the ages at the Queen’s House

iii) Discover why the Queen’s House is also known as “The House of Delight”

The Queen’s House is also known as the “House of Delight.”  Legend has it that it is a “haunted” palace.

More on this below, on the Tulip Staircase.

Guided tours are available throughout the day for you to join. For now, come along with me as I share with you my discoveries of this iconic building. 

iv) The “White” Queen’s House

This iconic building painted in white was impressive from the outside and it is hard to believe that it was once a red-brick building.

The white House in Greenwich. Queen's House
The main entrance to the Queen’s House. Hard to imagine that it was once a red brick building.

Walking into the building, I began to realise the magnificence of the architecture …

v) The Great Hall

On entering the Great Hall, I found myself standing within the four-walls of a cube, 12 metres x 12 metres x 12 metres that has one of the most beautifully designed ceiling and floor that I had seen. Simple but effective, yet making a statement of architectural genius.

vi) Beautifully decorated ceiling in gold leaf

Standing in the midst of this cubic masterpiece, at first glance looking up, you will notice a simplistic and a beautifully decorated ceiling in gold leaf. It reflected painstaking craftmanship of an intricate and unique design that goes well with the rest of the interior of the House.

I understood from the tour guide that the design was crafted by Richard Wright, a Turner Prize winner. The delicate and ornate work began in 2016 and was completed in nine weeks. This was the first time the ceiling had been worked upon since 1639.

The intricate detail of the architecture of the ceiling in the Great Hall of the Queen's House.
A beautiful gold-leaf patterns to match the rest of the architecture. The intricate detail of the architecture of the ceiling in the Great Hall of the Queen’s House.

The original decoration of the ceiling were six paintings by Orazio and Gentileschi which were removed very carefully and now belongs to Marlborough House in London.

The Great Hall is the heart of the building. From the first floor gallery, you get a closer view of this incredible architecture.

Queen's House: A closer look at the architecture of the ceiling in the Great Hall.
Queen’s House: A closer look at the architecture of the ceiling in the Great Hall.

vii) Walk on the incredible striking black and white marble from the 1630s

When you are on the first floor, you see the squared floor below in a striking black and white marble from the 1630’s. The floor of the cubic Great Hall. The floor measures 12 metres x 12 metres and is decorated in 1630’s black and white marble.

Incredible, isn’t it?

Queen's House: The floor of the cubic Great Hall.
Queen’s House: The floor of the cubic Great Hall. The floor measures 12 metres x 12 metres and is decorated in 1630’s black and white marble.

viii) Views from the first floor gallery of Queen’s House

Although the Great Hall is the centrepiece of the Queens House, a walk through the first floor gallery gives you spectacular views of the exterior. On one side, there is a view straight to the Thames! Queen Mary II ensured that there was uninterrupted view of the Thames and that the closest distance between the College Buildings, situated over the road is exactly the width of the House, see the below photo. Wasn’t she a smart woman!

From this window, is a view straight to the Thames. Queen Mary II ensured that the closest distance between the College Buildings (over the road) is exactly the width of the Queen's House,
From this window, is a view straight to the Thames. Queen Mary II ensured that the closest distance between the College Buildings (over the road) is exactly the width of the Queen’s House,

Then, on the other side of the first floor gallery square, you get the view of the Royal Observatory, high up the hill, across the Royal Park.

From this window, is the view of the Royal Observatory across the Royal Park. The balcony provides an area for the Queen and her ladies to watch riding and hunting taking place in the Park.
From this window, is the view of the Royal Observatory across the Royal Park. The balcony provides an area for the Queen and her ladies to watch riding and hunting taking place in the Park.

ix) The Tulip Stairs

The Tulip Stairs is definitely unique! You need to see it to know what I mean. This magnificent ornate, wrought iron structure is one of the original features of the House. It is the first geometric self-supporting spiral stairs in Britain. The paint, which is a quirky shade of blue is unique, because it was derived from crushed glass.

The elegant, uniquely designed spiral staircase at the Queen's House.
The elegant, uniquely designed spiral staircase at the Queen’s House.

In addition to it’s unique features, the Tulip Stairs is popular for another reason which has contributed to the Queen’s House reputation as the House of Delight.

Queens House aka House of Delight

As mentioned earlier, legend has it that the Queen’s House, also known as the House of Delight is haunted. The Tulip Stairs was where the photos taken by Rev Hardy in 1966 showed two or three shrouded figures on the staircase.

[Later sightings of ghosts was in 2002 in the balcony of the House].

[To find out more about seeing the Queen’s House ghost source materials, email Geraldine Charles at GLChar@rmg.co.uk.]

x) The Queen’s Presence Chamber 

This incredible feature of the Queen’s House is on the first floor. The space, used as a public-facing identity was where Queen Elizabeth I would meet her courtiers.

The opulent ceiling of this room dates from early years of Henrietta Maria when it was used as her bedchamber. The bed was positioned directly under the coat of arms on the ceiling.

The ceiling is ornately painted, and the artwork is another original feature of the Queen’s House. It gives an idea of how this House was decorated and filled with art in the 1630s by Henrietta Maria. This ceiling was restored in 2013.

The fireplace in this room is an interesting feature. Above the fireplace, sits the initials of Charles I and Henrietta Maria Regina.

In addition to these two incredible original features of the House, the infamous Armada Portrait is on permanent display in this room.

xi) The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

The iconic “Armada Portrait” was painted after England defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588. The portrait was owned by the descendants of Sir Francis Drake. Drake was a sea captain and a pirate who fought against the Spanish invasion.

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I is a statement of her power as a monarch who was only the second English queen to rule in her own right.

The Armada Portrait is displayed in the Queen's House.
The Armada Portrait is displayed in the Queen’s House.

xii) Mask of Youth

Queen Elizabeth 1 was a virgin queen at the age of 55, at the time of the Armada Invasion in 1588.  The portraits during this period became known as “Mask of Youth” because the Queen appeared idealised, ageless and invulnerable, created to portray her intellect, innocence as well as her strength and charisma.

Below is a picture of an animatronic mask displayed opposite the Armada Portrait created by Mat Collishaw, a contemporary artist. Drawing information from various sources, he had created this mask to portray how Elizabeth I may have looked when the Armada Portrait was created.

The Queen's House: Mask of Youth
The Queen’s House: Mask of Youth – created by Mat Collishaw suggests how Elizabeth I may have looked like during the Armada Portrait.

My thoughts on the Queen’s House

My visit to the Queens House was a rewarding experience because I learnt more about its history than I had read. Listening to information from experienced tour guides was an added benefit and I can remember more. Somehow. I had time to admire the architecture at leisure. I found the tour guides extremely helpful and I enjoyed my conversations about the House with them. The entry to this iconic building is FREE, although a donation is recommended. I would highly recommend a visit to the Queen’s House in Greenwich.

*Summary of Experiences at the Queen’s House

  1. How did it all begin and imagine what life was like back in the 17th century as you walk through the 1st classical building in England which is Grade 1 listed which is also regarded an ancient monument.
  2. Experience 400 years of history, the stories behind each painting and each wall…
  3. Discover why it is also known as “The House of Delight”
  4. The “White” Queen’s House 
  5. The cubic Great Hall 
  6. The recently restored beautifully decorated ceiling in gold leaf
  7. Walk on the incredible striking black and white marble from the 1630s
  8. The stunning view directly to River Thames from the 1st floor gallery
  9. The infamous Tulip Stairs
  10. The Queen’s Presence Chamber
  11. The Armada Portrait 
  12. The “Mask of Youth”

Travel tips and Useful information on the Queen’s House, Greenwich, London

Opening hours: 10:00 – 17:00

Admission: Free

Tours are ticketed: £9.00 (online/in advance) or £10.00 (walk-in)

NB: Combined tickets are available for all attractions which works out cheaper – Day Explorer: Adult: £24.25    Child: £11.50

Address: Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Facilities:

At the base of the Tulip staircase – Toilets, baby-change facilities and an accessible toilet.

External horseshoe stairs – for level access

5. The Natural Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

The National Maritime Museum is a perfect place to visit after the Queens House as it is located next door.

i) A museum fit for both young and old and possibly the largest of its kind in the world

The National Maritime Museum is a museum fit for both young and old. I can assure you that it is a place which will not bore you! 😊 It features popular artworks and space-photography that will capture your interest from the time you walk-in as it did mine.

An interesting venue for both kids and adults, a place where you can stroll at leisure and take a breather while your kids or grand-kids are entertained with the many activities and objects that are showcased here. You will be intrigued and entertained, for sure.

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

I was particularly drawn to the following main five attractions:

ii) Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle at the National Maritime Museum

Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle is a replica of Nelson’s HMS Victory, in a bottle by Yinka Shonibare, MBE. This is located just outside the Maritime Museum building. It is a popular piece of artwork, scaled-down to the very detail of the Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory in which he died during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805;

The intricate details of Nelson's Ship - showcased in a Bottle at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
The intricate details of Nelson’s Ship – showcased in a Bottle at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

iii) Figure Head Collection at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

The Figure Head Collection is a collection of more than 230 figureheads, reflecting ornamental carvings from late 17th century. It tells a story of how it developed through the centuries until early 20th century;

Some of the Ship's Figure Head Collection at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Some of the Ship’s Figure Head Collection at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

iv) The Traders Gallery at the National Maritime Museum

The Traders Gallery tells a story of British history which spanned over 250 years under the powerful East India Company. The East India Company’s trading patterns changed in the late 1700’s. By this time, it made most of its money from the trade in China tea, as tea drinking became popular in Britain.

v) Great Map of the World at the National Maritime Museum

The Great Map of the World is a super large map drawn on the floor. You can find it on the second floor, at the North Wing of the National Maritime Museum. This huge Map makes a nice playground for children from age 1 to 99!

The North Wing provides a nice area to relax, take a break, stop for snacks and coffee. There is a cafe here which provides a selection of sandwiches and cakes if you need to take a break while watching your kids play.

The Great Map, North Wing, National Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich: The Great Map of the World printed on the floor. Makes a nice playground for kids while parents can enjoy their coffee and snacks.

vi) Prince Frederick’s Barge at the National Maritime Museum

Prince Frederick’s Barge is a colourful barge which was designed by William Kent, built by John Hall and completed with carved decorations by James Richards between 1731 and 1732. It has a flat mid-section to accommodate the cabin. It was rowed by 21 oarsmen and steered by a barge-master. It is gilded with small square sheets of 22-carat gold leaf applied over a thin layer of glue.

Prince Frederick's Barge
The intricate detail of the craftmanship symbolised Prince Frederick’s position as heir to the British throne and helped to make him a leader of fashion.

The barge enhanced the royal status of Prince Frederick and the carved decorations symbolised his position as the heir to the British throne and suggests the maritime power of the nation.

vii) Exhibitions and Other events at the National Maritime Museum

Currently, the museum features The World’s Best Space Photography with amazing space photos and it is a ticketed event. Prior booking is highly recommended.

There are a number of scheduled shows and events that takes place daily which you can check on the day of your visit at the reception or you can ask any of the tour guides there who are extremely helpful.

What do I think of my visit to the National Maritime Museum?

I found my visit here rather enjoyable probably because I was not as distracted as I was when on my first visit with my kids. I especially liked the Opium Pipe in the Traders Gallery. It is something which I recall seeing but now I noted its beautiful and intricate details – made of ivory and terracotta.

I would highly recommend that you visit this National Maritime Museum as it is educational for kids and for adults. It brings us back in time and reflect on the World’s history. No matter how you see it,  it is good to fit this into your itinerary for completeness as part of a nice little day trip!

Summary of Experiences at the National Maritime Museum

1. Possibly the largest of its kind in the world 

2. Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle

3. Figurehead Collection 

4. The Traders Gallery – British history over 250 years

5. Map of the World – various continents

6. Prince Frederick’s Barge

7. Exhibitions – at the moment it is on “Space Photography”

Travel tips and Useful information on National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Opening hours:  10:00 – 17:00

Admission: FREE  /  Special events and exhibitions are ticketed.

Toilets and baby-changing facilities are accessible.

My final stop on my itinerary at Greenwich was the Cutty Sark.

6. The Cutty Sark, Greenwich

The Cutty Sark, Greenwich is the only surviving tea clipper in the world today. It was an absolute delight to re-visit this legendary 19th century sailing ship that was the fastest ship in her time. Besides, my kids had a ball here, loved it every time and brought back many happy memories.

The Cutty Sark, Greenwich - the world's only surviving tea clipper.
The Cutty Sark, Greenwich – the world’s only surviving tea clipper.

i) A Family Fun Day at the Cutty Sark, Greenwich

A fun day at the Cutty Sark is really a day filled with fun suitable for family and children from three-years upwards. Fun for kids as they have a splendid time learning how to steer the ship’s wheel and taking the 963 tons of Victorian tea clipper through storms and the drama of sea-life. They also get to meet various characters from the past such as Captain Woodget, Nannie the Witch, James Robson who was the cook and Jock Willis who built the Cutty Sark.

ii) History of the Cutty Sark, Greenwich

There is no doubt that the Cutty Sark is a state-of-the-art Victorian tea clipper that was built to overcome the challenges of the sea, go at great speed of 17 knots and has had a dramatic life around the globe, visiting every major port. She was built in 1869 to challenge other tea clippers on the China tea run, to bring the finest and freshest tea back to London.

iii) The Wheel, Cutty Sark, Greenwich

The wheel itself has undergone restoration work but the original steering mechanism had been preserved. The design reflects an ingenuity for it is smaller and takes-up less space within the ship compared to other tiller designs in a cargo ship of that time.

iv) The name “Cutty Sark”

The name “Cutty Sark” – is said to have been inspired by a poem called Tam O’Shanter, which was written by Robert Burns in 1791. It is a story about a farmer, Tam, who was mesmerised by the beauty of a young witch called Nannie. Nannie was clothed in a revealing outfit, a short shift called “cutty sark.” He was then chased by this witch and he fled for his life on his horse, Maggie.

You may want to read the full story and you can do so on the official website of the Royal Museum Greenwich by clicking here.

Cutty Sark, Greenwich: Image of Nannie, in a cutty sark, chasing Tam O'Shanter
Cutty Sark, Greenwich: Image of Nannie, in a cutty sark, chasing Tam O’Shanter

v). Traditional Afternoon English Tea at Cutty Sark, Greenwich

A traditional afternoon English Tea was the highlight of my visit this time. There is a  café, located underneath the original hull of this iconic ship. I was pleasantly surprised at the relaxed atmosphere and the selection of sandwiches, raisin scone, mini cakes and a pot of English breakfast tea offered as part of the traditional English tea experience .

The cost of this experience was £27.00 per person. This price includes the price of admission to the Cutty Sark which is otherwise £13.50.

My final thoughts on Cutty Sark, Greenwich

My overall experience at the Cutty Sark was a positive one. I did not spend a lot of time watching the tour with the kids as I had none of my own on this visit. The traditional English tea and the cakes was definitely what I needed after all that walking in Greenwich.

Summary of Experiences at the Cutty Sark:

  1. Family fun-day with characters from the past.
  2. Discover the history of the World’s only surviving tea clipper.
  3. Steer the Ship’s wheel and imagine going through storms and the drama of sea-life.
  4. The story behind the name “Cutty Sark”.
  5. Traditional Afternoon English Tea.
  6. Value for money!

Travel tips and Useful information on Cutty Sark, Greenwich, London:

Opening hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (Last admission: 16:15)

Admission:      Adults – £13.50          Child – £7.00

                        Cutty Sark Afternoon Tea – £27.00 (includes entry to Cutty Sark

Day Explorer ( includes Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory, Meridian Line, &  Free               Museums)  –    Adults – £24.25     Child: £11.50

[Day Explorer does not include Planetarium shows and Special exhibitions]

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Facilities:

  • Toilets and baby changing facilities are wheel-chair accessible.
  • Located on the lower ground floor, near the Even Keel Café.

Getting to Cutty Sark:

Address: Cutty Sark, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT

Nearest stations: Cutty Sark DLR

                            Greenwich Rail Station and Maze Hill Rail Station

                            Greenwich Pier

Oyster Cards are valid on all local journeys via trains and buses.

My final say on 45 Experiences and More in 1-Day, Greenwich, London 

Greenwich certainly offers a lot of experiences, and it is a visit that requires careful planning. With planning, you can enjoy 45 Experiences in One Day at Greenwich, London. 

These are:

  1. I call this a typical English Experience – Coffee + Chelsea bun in a British owned cafe, Peyton and Byrne.
  2. Greenwich Market – one of the oldest flea market in England dating back to 1737.
  3. Enjoy and experience the authentic, freshly made food from all around the world, plus 100% vegan option was also available.
  4. Go back in time and walk through the little nooks and narrow alleys where you will be pleasantly surprised with artisan shops and boutiques.
  5. Visit the “First Shop in the World” – Nauticalia, since 1847. You would probably want to give it a quick browse in the morning and visit later in the day or just visit once, perhaps at the end of the day.
  6. Note the amazing places to eat – Experience the traditional British pub-grub and grab a pint or two.
  7. The Royal Greenwich Park is host to the Royal Museums Greenwich, designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  8. Experiences at the Royal Observatory & The Planetarium.
  9. The Shepherd’s Clock.
  10. Greenwich Meridian Line.
  11. Flamsteed House.
  12. Time & Longitude Galleries.
  13. The Red Time Ball.
  14. The Planetarium.
  15. The View – stunning views of the Queen’s House, River Thames and London’s Skyline.
  16. The Park – the chance to see the Royal Deer!
  17. Experiences at the Queen’s House.
  18. Imagine what life was like back in the 17th century as you walk through the 1st Classical building in England which is Grade 1 listed and is an ancient monument.
  19. Experience 400 years of history, the stories behind each painting and each wall…
  20. Discover why it is also known as “The House of Delight”
  21. The incredible art collection.
  22. The cubic Great Hall.
  23. The recently restored beautifully decorated ceiling in gold leaf
  24. Walk on the incredible striking black and white marble from the 1630s
  25. The stunning view directly to the River Thames from the 1st floor gallery
  26. The infamous Tulip Stairs
  27. The Queen’s Presence Chamber
  28. The ceiling of the Chamber is the original feature of the House
  29. The “Mask of Youth”
  30. The Armada Portrait – discover the significance of the Tudor Rose, Pelican and ermine that is featured on the portrait.
  31. Experiences at the National Maritime Museum
  32. Possibly the largest of its kind in the world
  33. Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle.
  34. Figurehead Collection
  35.  The Traders Gallery – British history over 250 years
  36. Map of the World – various continents
  37.  Prince Frederick’s Barge
  38.  Exhibitions – at the moment it is on “Space Photography”
  39. Experiences at the Cutty Sark
  40. Family fun-day with characters from the past.
  41. Discover the history of the World’s only surviving tea clipper.
  42. Steer the Ship’s wheel and imagine going through storms and the drama of sea-life.
  43. The story behind the name “Cutty Sark”.
  44. Traditional Afternoon English Tea.
  45. Value for money!

** My Timeless Footsteps suggests that a visit to the Queen’s House after the Observatory, however, if you are needing lunch or a break, the Greenwich Tavern is a good place to go to. It is just across the road from the Park, where you can easily resume your visit to the Queen’s House afterwards. Alternatively, you can visit the Cafe at the National Maritime Museum.

Travel tips and Useful information on Greenwich, London:

Getting to Greenwich

There are several ways to get to Greenwich. Oyster cards are valid on all Underground and bus journeys from Central London to Greenwich. The following is the three main transportation mode that can be used to get here:

  1. Docklands Light Railway (DLR) – DLR can be accessed from Bank Station which is on the Central Line from Central London. Greenwich is just 20 minutes journey from here.
  2. Southeastern Trains – From London Bridge, it is less than 10 minutes                                                                  From Cannon Street Station, it is less than 15 minutes
  3. MBNA Thames Clippers – The catamarans depart every 20 minutes from:                                                                   London Eye pier – 40 minutes to Greenwich                                                                         London Bridge pier – 25 minutes to Greenwich                                                                      Tower pier – 20 minutes to Greenwich

Royal Museum Greenwich

For more information on the Royal Museum Greenwich, look-up their official website: https://www.rmg.co.uk

Ways to experience Greenwich, London

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Cutty Sark Greenwich

Cutty Sark Greenwich | The only surviving tea clipper in the world

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The Cutty Sark, Greenwich is the only surviving tea clipper in the world today. It was an absolute delight to re-visit this legendary 19th century sailing ship that was the fastest ship in her time. Besides, my kids had a ball here, loved it every time and brought back many happy memories.

A Fun Day at the Cutty Sark, Greenwich

A fun day here is really a day filled with fun suitable for family and children from three-years upwards. Fun for kids as they have a splendid time learning how to steer the ship’s wheel and taking the 963 tons of Victorian tea clipper through storms and the drama of sea-life. They also get to meet various characters from the past such as Captain Woodget, Nannie the Witch, James Robson who was the cook and Jock Willis who built the Cutty Sark.

The Cutty Sark, Greenwich - the world's only surviving tea clipper.
The Cutty Sark, Greenwich – the world’s only surviving tea clipper.

History

There is no doubt that this tea clipper is a state-of-the-art Victorian tea clipper that was built to overcome the challenges of the sea, go at great speed of 17 knots and has had a dramatic life around the globe, visiting every major port. She was built in 1869 to challenge other tea clippers on the China tea run, to bring the finest and freshest tea back to London.

The Wheel, Cutty Sark, Greenwich

The wheel itself has undergone restoration work but the original steering mechanism had been preserved. The design reflects an ingenuity for it is smaller and takes-up less space within the ship compared to other tiller designs in a cargo ship of that time.

The name “Cutty Sark”

The name “Cutty Sark” – is said to have been inspired by a poem called Tam O’Shanter, which was written by Robert Burns in 1791. It is a story about a farmer, Tam, who was mesmerised by the beauty of a young witch called Nannie. Nannie was clothed in a revealing outfit, a short shift called “cutty sark.” He was then chased by this witch and he fled for his life on his horse, Maggie. You can read the full story here.

Cutty Sark, Greenwich: Image of Nannie, in a cutty sark, chasing Tam O'Shanter
Cutty Sark, Greenwich: Image of Nannie, in a cutty sark, chasing Tam O’Shanter

Traditional Afternoon English Tea at Cutty Sark, Greenwich

A traditional afternoon English Tea was the highlight of my visit this time. There is a  café, located underneath the original hull of this iconic ship. I was pleasantly surprised at the relaxed atmosphere and the selection of sandwiches, raisin scone, mini cakes and a pot of English breakfast tea offered as part of the traditional English tea experience .

The cost of this experience was £27.00 per person. This price includes the price of admission to the Cutty Sark which is otherwise £13.50.

My final thoughts…

My overall experience at the Cutty Sark was a positive one. I did not spend a lot of time watching the tour with the kids as I had none of my own on this visit. The traditional English tea and the cakes was definitely what I needed after all that walking in Greenwich.

Summary of Experiences at Cutty Sark

  1. Family fun-day with characters from the past.
  2. Discover the history of the World’s only surviving tea clipper.
  3. Steer the Ship’s wheel and imagine going through storms and the drama of sea-life.
  4. The story behind the name “Cutty Sark”.
  5. Traditional Afternoon English Tea.
  6. Value for money!

Travel tips and Useful information

Opening hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (Last admission: 16:15)

Admission:      Adults – £13.50          Child – £7.00

                        Cutty Sark Afternoon Tea – £27.00 (includes entry to Cutty Sark

Day Explorer ( includes Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory, Meridian Line, &  Free               Museums)  –    Adults – £24.25     Child: £11.50

[Day Explorer does not include Planetarium shows and Special exhibitions]

Facilities:

  • Toilets and baby changing facilities are wheel-chair accessible.
  • Located on the lower ground floor, near the Even Keel Café.

Getting to Cutty Sark:

Address: Cutty Sark, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT

Nearest stations: Cutty Sark DLR

                            Greenwich Rail Station and Maze Hill Rail Station

                            Greenwich Pier

Oyster Cards are valid on all local journeys via trains and buses.

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National Maritime Museum Greenwich

National Maritime Museum Greenwich

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National Maritime Museum, Greenwich is the largest in the UK and is possibly also the largest of its kind in the world.  This iconic building is part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

It is a perfect place to visit after the Queens House as it is located next door.

Read Next: Queen’s House Greenwich

A museum fit for both young and old

The National Maritime Museum is a museum fit for both young and old. I can assure you that it is a place which will not bore you! 😊 It features popular artworks and space-photography that will capture your interest from the time you walk-in as it did mine.

It is a place where you can stroll at leisure and take a breather while your kids or grand-kids are entertained with the many activities and objects that are showcased here. An  interesting venue for both kids and adults, and you will be intrigued and entertained, for sure.

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Main attractions at National Maritime Museum

I was particularly drawn to the following five attractions:

1 | Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle at the National Maritime Museum

Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle is a replica of Nelson’s HMS Victory, in a bottle by Yinka Shonibare, MBE. This is located just outside the Maritime Museum building. It is a popular piece of artwork, scaled-down to the very detail of the Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory in which he died during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805;

The intricate details of Nelson's Ship - showcased in a Bottle at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
The intricate details of Nelson’s Ship – showcased in a Bottle at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

2 | Figure Head Collection at the National Maritime Museum

The Figure Head Collection is a collection of more than 230 figureheads, reflecting ornamental carvings from late 17th century. It tells a story of how it developed through the centuries until early 20th century;

Some of the Ship's Figure Head Collection at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Some of the Ship’s Figure Head Collection at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

3 | The Traders Gallery at the National Maritime Museum

The Traders Gallery tells a story of British history which spanned over 250 years under the powerful East India Company. The East India Company’s trading patterns changed in the late 1700’s. By this time, it made most of its money from the trade in China tea, as tea drinking became popular in Britain.

3.1 | The Opium Pipe in the Traders Gallery

The Opium Pipe in the the Traders Gallery is the original opium pipe made in ivory and terracotta. It stands as a reminder to Britain’s trade history with China with repercussions felt to this day.

The Traders Gallery depicts the stories of what led to the first and second Opium Wars with China and how the East India Company shaped the trade between Britain and Asia.

3.2 | The Opium Wars

Britain had resorted to using opium as means to payment in exchange for tea as tea drinking became popular in Britain. Recreational use of, and addiction to, opium became popular and widespread that the Chinese government prohibited the use of opium in 1839. The Chinese authorities seized and destroyed 20,000 chests of opium. This led the British government to insist on compensation, failing which they initiated the First Opium War (1839-42) and then the Second Opium War (1856-1860).

3.3 | The East India Company

The stories in the gallery continued to illustrate the rise and fall of this majestic East India Company, the end of the Company that changed the world, the effect of its lasting legacies which is felt even today. There are more details on the trade with India and the far east. It was a good history lesson and brings to light the good, the bad and the ugly side of Britain’s trade in the East.

The original Opium Pipe displayed in the Traders Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
The original Opium Pipe, made of ivory and terracotta, displayed in the Traders Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

4 | Great Map of the World at the National Maritime Museum

The Great Map of the World is a super large map drawn on the floor. You can find it on the second floor, at the North Wing of the National Maritime Museum. This huge Map makes a nice playground for children from age 1 to 99!

The North Wing provides a nice area to relax, take a break, stop for snacks and coffee. There is a cafe here which provides a selection of sandwiches and cakes if you need to take a break while watching your kids play.

The Great Map, North Wing, National Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich: The Great Map of the World printed on the floor. Makes a nice playground for kids while parents can enjoy their coffee and snacks.

5 | Prince Frederick’s Barge at the National Maritime Museum

Prince Frederick’s Barge is a colourful barge which was designed by William Kent, built by John Hall and completed with carved decorations by James Richards between 1731 and 1732. It has a flat mid-section to accommodate the cabin. It was rowed by 21 oarsmen and steered by a barge-master. It is gilded with small square sheets of 22-carat gold leaf applied over a thin layer of glue.

Prince Frederick's Barge
The intricate detail of the craftmanship symbolised Prince Frederick’s position as heir to the British throne and helped to make him a leader of fashion.

The barge enhanced the royal status of Prince Frederick and the carved decorations symbolised his position as the heir to the British throne and suggests the maritime power of the nation.

6 | Other events at the National Maritime Museum

Currently, the museum features The World’s Best Space Photography with amazing space photos and it is a ticketed event. Prior booking is highly recommended. There are a number of scheduled shows and events that takes place daily which you can check on the day of your visit at the reception or you can ask any of the tour guides there who are extremely helpful.

What do I think of my visit to the National Maritime Museum?

I found my visit here rather enjoyable probably because I was not as distracted as I was when on my first visit with my kids. I especially liked the Opium Pipe in the Traders Gallery. It is something which I recall seeing but now I noted its beautiful and intricate details – made of ivory and terracotta.

I would highly recommend that you visit this National Maritime Museum as it is educational for kids and as for adults. It brings us back in time and reflect on the World’s history. No matter how you see it,  it is good to fit this into your itinerary for completeness as part of a nice little day trip!

Summary of Experiences at National Maritime Museum

1. Possibly the largest of its kind in the world 

2. Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle

3. Figurehead Collection 

4. The Traders Gallery – British history over 250 years

5. Map of the World – various continents

6. Prince Frederick’s Barge

7. Exhibitions – at the moment it is on “Space Photography”

Travel tips and Useful information

Opening hours:  10:00 – 17:00

Admission: FREE

Toilets and baby-changing facilities are accessible.

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Queen’s House Greenwich

Queen’s House Greenwich

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The Queen’s House in Greenwich, unlike other buildings with the name “Queen’s House,” really is  a historic royal house which served as a former royal residence, Greenwich Palace, where Elizabeth I was born. It was built between 1616 and 1636 and was designed by the famous architect, Inigo Jones. Jones was inspired by his travels in Italy. The Queen’s House was the first classical building in England and one of the very few surviving designs of Inigo Jones.

How did it begin-Queen’s House?

It all began when James I gifted the building to his wife, Anne of Denmark, by way of an apology for swearing in her presence because she shot one of his favourite dogs whilst hunting. Work on the building commenced in 1616 but halted in 1619 when Anne of Denmark died, with only the first floor completed. Work on the house  continued again after some years in 1629, when Charles I gave Greenwich to his wife, Henrietta Maria. The House was finally completed in 1636.  Additional wings to the building were linked by colonnades built in 1807.

Today, you can wander around this magnificent building for Free which has undergone massive restoration in recent years and imagine what life would have been like all the way back in the 17th century. The building is Grade 1 listed and is an ancient monument and includes the 35 metres (115 feet) axial vista to River Thames.

Colonnades linking the main building, the Queen's House with the additional wings
Colonnades linking the main building, the Queen’s House with the additional wings
Connecting arches between the colonnades at the Queen's House, Greenwich.
Connecting arches between the colonnades at the Queen’s House, Greenwich.

Why you should visit the Queen’s House?

There are many reasons to visit this iconic building, which is also referred to as the “House of Delight.”  It has a wealth of history, all 400 years and legend has it that it is also a “haunted” palace.

This House of Delight has a beautiful art collection for you to view and gain insight into. The art collection spans through the ages especially the iconic Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I which was acquired for the nation in 2016. You will also discover the many stories of England’s past from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I to Charles I and beyond including the history of its architecture.

An art collection through the ages at the Queen's House
An art collection through the ages at the Queen’s House

Guided tours are available throughout the day for you to join. For now, come along with me as I share with you my discoveries of this iconic building. 

The “White” Queen’s House

This iconic building painted in white was impressive from the outside and it is hard to believe that it was once a red-brick building.

The white House in Greenwich
The main entrance to the Queen’s House. Hard to imagine that it was once a red brick building.

Walking into the building, I began to realise the magnificence of the architecture …

1 | The Great Hall

On entering the Great Hall, I found myself standing within the four-walls of a cube 12 metres x 12 metres x 12 metres that has one of the most beautifully designed ceiling and floor that I had seen. Simple but effective, yet making a statement of architectural genius.

Standing in the midst of this cubic masterpiece, at first glance looking up, you will notice a simplistic and a beautifully decorated ceiling in gold leaf. It reflected painstaking craftmanship of an intricate and unique design that goes well with the rest of the interior of the House.

I understood from the tour guide that the design was crafted by Richard Wright, a Turner Prize winner. The delicate and ornate work began in 2016 and was completed in nine weeks. This was the first time the ceiling had been worked upon since 1639.

The ceiling of the Great Hall at the Queen's House
The ceiling of the Great Hall at the Queen’s House. A beautiful gold-leaf patterns to match the rest of the architecture.
The intricate detail of the architecture of the ceiling in the Great Hall of the Queen's House.
A beautiful gold-leaf patterns to match the rest of the architecture. The intricate detail of the architecture of the ceiling in the Great Hall of the Queen’s House.

The original decoration of the ceiling were six paintings by Orazio and Gentileschi which were removed very carefully and now belongs to Marlborough House in London.

Queen's House: The original ceiling of the Great Hall, decorated with paintings by Orazio and Gentileschi.
Queen’s House: The original ceiling of the Great Hall, decorated with paintings by Orazio and Gentileschi.

The Great Hall is the heart of the building. From the first floor gallery, you get a closer view of this incredible architecture.

Queen's House: A closer look at the architecture of the ceiling in the Great Hall.
Queen’s House: A closer look at the architecture of the ceiling in the Great Hall.

When you are on the first floor, you see the squared floor below in a striking black and white marble from the 1630’s. The floor of the cubic Great Hall. The floor measures 12 metres x 12 metres and is decorated in 1630’s black and white marble.

Incredible, isn’t it?

Queen's House: The floor of the cubic Great Hall.
Queen’s House: The floor of the cubic Great Hall. The floor measures 12 metres x 12 metres and is decorated in 1630’s black and white marble.

2 | Views from the first floor gallery of Queen’s House

Although the Great Hall is the centrepiece of the Queens House, a walk through the first floor gallery gives you spectacular views of the exterior. On one side, there is a view straight to the Thames! Queen Mary II ensured that there was uninterrupted view of the Thames and that the closest distance between the College Buildings, situated over the road is exactly the width of the House, see the below photo. Wasn’t she a smart woman!

From this window, is a view straight to the Thames. Queen Mary II ensured that the closest distance between the College Buildings (over the road) is exactly the width of the Queen's House,
From this window, is a view straight to the Thames. Queen Mary II ensured that the closest distance between the College Buildings (over the road) is exactly the width of the Queen’s House,

Then, on the other side of the first floor gallery square, you get the view of the Royal Observatory, high up the hill, across the Royal Park.

From this window, is the view of the Royal Observatory across the Royal Park. The balcony provides an area for the Queen and her ladies to watch riding and hunting taking place in the Park.
From this window, is the view of the Royal Observatory across the Royal Park. The balcony provides an area for the Queen and her ladies to watch riding and hunting taking place in the Park.

3 | The Tulip Stairs

The Tulip Stairs is definitely unique! You need to see it to know what I mean. This magnificent ornate, wrought iron structure is one of the original features of the House. It is the first geometric self-supporting spiral stairs in Britain. The paint, which is a quirky shade of blue is unique, because it was derived from crushed glass.

The elegant, uniquely designed spiral staircase at the Queen's House.
The elegant, uniquely designed spiral staircase at the Queen’s House.

The Tulip Stairs is also popular for another reason which has contributed to the Queen’s House reputation as the House of Delight.

The Tulip Stairs was where the photos taken by Rev Hardy in 1966 showed two or three shrouded figures on the staircase.

[Later sightings of ghosts was in 2002 in the balcony of the House].

[To find out more about seeing our Queen’s House ghost source materials, email Geraldine Charles at GLChar@rmg.co.uk.]

4 | The Queen’s Presence Chamber

This incredible feature of the Queen’s House is on the first floor. The space, used as a public-facing identity was where the Queen would meet her courtiers.

The opulent ceiling of this room dates from early years of Henrietta Maria when it was used as her bedchamber. The bed was positioned directly under the coat of arms on the ceiling.

The ceiling is ornately painted, and the artwork is another original feature of the Queen’s House. It gives an idea of how this House was decorated and filled with art in the 1630s by Henrietta Maria. This ceiling was restored in 2013.

The Queen's House: The ceiling in the Queens's Presence Chamber features the original artwork of the building.
The Queen’s House: The ceiling in the Queens’s Presence Chamber features the original artwork of the building.

The fireplace in this room is an interesting feature. Above the fireplace, sits the initials of Charles I and Henrietta Maria Regina.

In addition to these two incredible original features of the House, the infamous Armada Portrait is on permanent display in this room.

5 | The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

The iconic “Armada Portrait” was painted after England defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588. The portrait was owned by the descendants of Sir Francis Drake. Drake was a sea captain and a pirate who fought against the Spanish invasion.

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I is a statement of her power as a monarch who was only the second English queen to rule in her own right.

The Armada Portrait is displayed in the Queen's House.
The Armada Portrait is displayed in the Queen’s House.

5.1 | The features of the Armada Portrait

There are three distinct features of this Portrait:

  • The imperial power following the British defeat of the Spanish Armada, the hopes and aspiration of the people at that time and to reflect female power and majesty. The first feature is the Tudor Rose that is used in the portrait to symbolise the unity in the realm under the Tudor dynasty through the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. The Rose also represents religious connotations, which depicts the medieval symbol of the Virgin Mary, to allude to Elizabeth, the virgin queen, as the secular successor of Virgin Mary;
  • Secondly, the Pelican which is Elizabeth’s favourite symbol is used to portray Elizabeth’s motherly love to her subjects;
  • Thirdly, the ermine, its tail of pure white and a black tip symbolised purity and was also a status symbol as wearing it was restricted to royalty and high nobility.

6 | Mask of Youth

Queen Elizabeth 1 was a virgin queen at the age of 55, at the time of the Armada Invasion in 1588.  The portraits during this period became known as “Mask of Youth” because the Queen appeared idealised, ageless and invulnerable, created to portray her intellect, innocence as well as her strength and charisma.

Below is a picture of an animatronic mask displayed opposite the Armada Portrait created by Mat Collishaw, a contemporary artist. Drawing information from various sources, he had created this mask to portray how Elizabeth I may have looked when the Armada Portrait was created.

The Queen's House: Mask of Youth
The Queen’s House: Mask of Youth – created by Mat Collishaw suggests how Elizabeth I may have looked like during the Armada Portrait.

My thoughts on Queen’s House

My visit to Queens House was a rewarding experience because I learnt more about its history than I had read. Listening to information from experienced tour guides allows me to remember more, somehow. I had time to admire the architecture at leisure. I found the tour guides extremely helpful and I enjoyed my conversations about the House with them. Although a donation is recommended, the entry itself is free. I would highly recommend a visit to this iconic building.

Summary of 12 Experiences at Queens House

  • Imagine what life was like back in the 17th century as you walk through the 1st classical building in England which is Grade 1 listed and is an ancient monument.
  • Experience 400 years of history, the stories behind each painting and each wall…
  • Discover why it is also known as “The House of Delight”
  • The “White” Queen’s House 
  • The cubic Great Hall 
  • The recently restored beautifully decorated ceiling in gold leaf
  • Walk on the incredible striking black and white marble from the 1630s
  • The stunning view directly to River Thames from the 1st floor gallery
  • The infamous Tulip Stairs
  • The Queen’s Presence Chamber
  • The Armada Portrait 
  • The “Mask of Youth”

 

Travel tips and Useful information:

Opening hours: 10:00 – 17:00

Admission: Free

Tours are ticketed: £9.00 (online/in advance) or £10.00 (walk-in)

NB: Combined tickets are available for all attractions which works out cheaper – Day Explorer: Adult: £24.25    Child: £11.50

Address: Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Facilities:

At the base of the Tulip staircase – Toilets, baby-change facilities and an accessible toilet.

External horseshoe stairs – for level access

https://www.rmg.co.uk

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The Royal Observatory and Planetarium | Greenwich

The Royal Observatory and Planetarium | Greenwich

The Royal Observatory and Planetarium | Part of My City My Town London Series



The Royal Observatory and the Planetarium sits on Greenwich Hill overlooking Greenwich Park in Greenwich. When one thinks of the town Greenwich, one can immediately relate the town to GMT, the Greenwich Mean Time, the Prime Meridian of the world, where zero- degree longitude is marked – Yes! it is the home where time begins and ends, where east meets west!

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Why is Greenwich important to me

Greenwich is important to me because of the simple memories I have treasured during my visits there with my children.

Where better a place is there than Greenwich itself for a day visit to discover the practicalities of accurate time and time distribution in everyday life with my young children many years ago.

Time, the most precious commodity in life, is the Only commodity that we own according to Baltasar Gracian who once said:

“All that really belong to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.”

Thus, a visit in the present to the Royal Observatory brings me back to my early ‘Mum’ days when I took my little ones to teach them about Time and where it all began!

Memories aside, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich Park is a welcoming attraction at any day for both young and old. The Home of Astronomy and the Greenwich Mean Time offers so many activities that it will have your attention right from the moment you arrive at the gates. At the gates of the Royal Observatory, you will find the famous clock, Shepherd Clock. There are further highlights which, if you are here, you simply must make time to experience it.

8 Highlights at The Royal Observatory and Planetarium

The following are the highlights which should not be missed.

1 | Shepherd Clock at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

Although the concept of time and time-scale was conceived throughout many centuries, the practicality and technical ability to distribute accurate time into everyday life did not become possible until 1847 when this famous clock, became the first clock to ever to show GMT to the public.

The Shepherd Clock at Greenwich. Royal Observatory and Planetarium
The Shepherd Clock at Greenwich

The unique feature of this famous Shepherd Clock is in the original slave dial. You will note that while the minute and seconds hand are conventional, the hour hand goes around the dial once in 24-hours, so at midday, the minute hand points to the top but the hour hand points to the bottom! Have I confused you yet? 😊

2 | Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

Besides the Shepherd Clock, the Prime Meridian of the World passes through here, marking the divide between the Eastern and the Western hemisphere. You can find this in the Meridian Courtyard.

The Meridian Line is one of my kids favourite. I have watched their little theatrics as they competed in trying to find the locations of Cities and discover how far exactly in distance they stood! They have stood astride the Prime Meridian, as if playing hopscotch, with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and the other foot in the western hemisphere. It was fun watching them 😊

The Prime Meridian at the Meridian Courtyard in Greenwich - shows the exact distance to a destination. Royal Observatory and Planetarium
The Prime Meridian at the Meridian Courtyard in Greenwich – shows the exact distance to a destination.

3 | Flamsteed House at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

More importantly, of course, the Royal Observatory was created in the 1670s spurred on by King Charles II who wanted better navigation system for seamen and traders. He asked Sir Christopher Wren, who was also an architect, to design the building which is called Flamsteed House.

4 | Time and Longitude Galleries at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

It is here, at Flamsteed House, that you will find the Royal Observatory’s Time and Longitude galleries, home to the celebrated John Harrison’s “sea clocks”, H4. This is an interesting gallery especially for those with a scientific mind who wish to explore the history behind the various solutions developed by mathematicians and clockmakers in the 18th century. Also, on display here is the GPS receiver which Sir Robin Knox used on his round-the-world record breaking voyage in 1994.

Flamsteed House in Greenwich - Why time and longitude? Royal Observatory and Planetarium
Flamsteed House in Greenwich – Why time and longitude?

5 | Red Time Ball at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

Another attraction in Flamsteed House which, I think, you should simply witness at least once in your lifetime is the “function” of the bright red Time Ball which sits on top of Flamsteed House.

The Red Time Ball sits on top of Flamsteed House, Greenwich
The Red Time Ball sits on top of Flamsteed House, Greenwich

Historically, this red ball distributed time to ships on the Thames River and many Londoners. What does it exactly do? And how does it do it?

Well, since 1833 till today, each day at 12:55, the time ball rises half-way up its mast. At 12:58 exactly, the ball is raised all the way to the top. Then, at 13:00 exactly, the ball falls, thus providing a signal to anyone who is looking. When it was first used in 1833, the ship’s chronometer was accurately set before it set sail.

The Time Ball at 1 p.m Note the time displayed on the Shepherd Clock, Greenwich
The Time Ball at 1 p.m Note the time displayed on the Shepherd Clock, Greenwich
The Royal Observatory and Planetarium, Greenwich The Time Ball being dropped at 1 p.m.
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The Time Ball being dropped at 1 p.m.

6 | Planetarium at the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium

While here, you could also take a journey through space by visiting the Planetarium. A Royal Observatory astronomer presents you with a journey to explore the night sky by flying to the heart of the Sun, takes you to the distant galaxies and see the birth of a star or land on Mars. This is an exciting ‘adventure’ for both young and old and definitely worth the experience. It is a ticketed event and it costs £8.00

The Planetarium at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
The Planetarium at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich


7 | The View

From the top of Greenwich Park at the Royal Observatory, you will have stunning views across the Royal Park towards the Queens House.

Stunning views of the Queen's House, River Thames and London's Skyline from the top of the hill at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
Stunning views of the Queen’s House, River Thames and London’s Skyline from the top of the hill at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

8 | Stroll across Greenwich Park

It is a pleasant stroll downhill, across the Park to the Queen’s House. When strolling through the park, be sure to keep a look out for the Royal Deer! Yeap! Deer – they are said to be the direct descendants of King Henry VIII’s hunting stock.



Summary of 8 Experiences at the Royal Observatory and The Planetarium

  • The Shepherd’s Clock
  • Greenwich Meridian Line
  • Flamsteed House
  • Time & Longitude Galleries
  • The Red Time Ball
  • The Planetarium
  • The View – stunning views of the Queen’s House, River Thames and London’s Skyline
  • The Park – the chance to see the Royal Deer! 🙂

Travel tips and Useful Information on Royal Observatory and Planetarium

Opening hours: 10:00 – 17:30

Admission:        Adult: £15.00     Child: £6.50     Day Explorer: Adult – £24.25 / Child – £11.50

Facilities:
Toilets and baby-change facilities are located:

  • on the Lower Ground floor;
  • after exiting the Admission area;
  • on the right-hand side after exiting the Admissions area;
  • at the base of the external staircases in front of Flamsteed House.

Please check for the latest visiting information on the Official website for the Royal Museum Greenwich: https://www.rmg.co.uk

I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed this brief journey through The Royal Observatory and Planetarium with me and this guide is valuable towards planning your own visit to Greenwich. If so, let me know in comments or via Contact Form. I would love to hear from you.

Have a splendid visit at the The Royal Observatory and Planetarium !

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