Five free activities in Greenwich

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Greenwich is in the southeast of London, and it's more than just another part of the sprawling city.

Greenwich, in southeast London, isn't the same as Greenwich Village in New York, USA. But it has its attractions and many of them are completely free. Some of the best views of London are seen from there, so it's worth a visit just for the photo opportunities. Some places may surprise you.

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Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

The Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park is a surprising slice of nature surrounded by development. It's an ideal spot to take the time-out from frantic city life. You can find it along the Thames Path, John Harrison Way, London SE10. This oasis has a nice boardwalk that takes you to bird hides. There's a library there, and if you have kids, they'll find the insect hotels interesting.

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The National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum is all about the history of exploration. Take a few hours for an interesting free visit. The museum focuses on England's seafaring past. Kids and adults will enjoy the displays. The museum is located in Romney Road, London, SE10 9NF and is open from 10 AM to 5 PM every day.

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Hang out in the Queen's house

The Queen doesn't live there any more, but you can get to see portraits and paintings. The free-to-visit house was built in 1638 and is in immaculate condition. See the iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I. It represents a time of triumph when Spain failed to invade England in 1588. It's located at Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF and opens from 10 AM.

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Visit the Cutty Sark sailing ship

The Cutty Sark is so famous that across the world you'll find hotels and drinks named after the vessel. It was the fastest British tea clipper ever built. Fully restored, and sitting in a landscaped area, you can touch it, walk under it, and get some great photos. You pay to go inside, but you don't need to if you just want to take a gander at it.

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Royal Observatory time ball drop

Get along to a place where you can see Flamsteed House. The time ball was started in 1833 to signal the time to ships and Londoners. Just before 1 PM, the ball rises to the top of the mast. On the stroke of 1 PM, it falls down. Greenwich is all about time, so this is an iconic thing to experience. Flamsteed house is at Blackheath Avenue, London SE10 8EJ, England. Afterwards, enjoy a free stroll through the park.

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