Rainy Day Activities: Uncover England's maritime history in Greenwich

Greenwich, London

Journey back into London’s seafaring history and come up close and personal with Britain’s most famous sailor.

At the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, you’ll find an assortment of Lord Nelson's belongings, including his Royal Naval uniform and, quite bizarrely, a pigtail of hair, cut off after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Nelson's naval career is also celebrated in two major artworks - J.M.W Turner's controversial The Battle of Trafalgar painting and Yinka Shonibare's HMS Victory replica in a bottle.

The Cutty Sark is also a key feature of Greenwich's Maritime tributes. Found just off the banks of the River Thames, the Cutty Sark’s vertigo-inducing sails have carried her across the world’s oceans, and you can step into the history of those voyages, the ship’s construction, and its careful conservation. You’ll learn about the story behind her name and stand suitably awestruck directly beneath her glowing copper-encrusted hull.

Famished after your time at sea? Stop by Greenwich market for a bite to eat before mooching around the various stalls and shops.

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