Greenwich Royal Tours give walking groups a unique insight into the area’s rich heritage
Greenwich Royal Tours was launched four years ago and provides private walking tours of maritime Greenwich by local, entertaining and knowledgeable guides. Its original Best of Greenwich Day Tour has since been expanded and the company now has six tours available, with a seventh planned to launch in Spring 2015. Offering coach groups a different take on Greenwich, the private tours are popular with all parties, from WI’s to corporate groups. The area is home to a huge amount of culture and history, not to mention stunning world-class architecture courtesy of Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor.
Best of Greenwich Day Tour
The Best of Greenwich Day Tour runs from 0930hrs until 1600hrs and combines all of Greenwich’s major venues together with a pub lunch. Attractions include the Greenwich Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, Queen’s House, Old Royal Naval College (Painted Hall) and Greenwich Market.
Tours run daily and can be tailored to meet a group’s needs in terms of time and cost. Admission costs are included, as they are on all the tours.
Greenwich Highlights Half-Day Tour
This three and a half hour tour takes in most of the key venues in Greenwich, including Greenwich Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, Old Royal Naval College and the Greenwich Market.
Groups can opt for a pub lunch following their tour.
The tour starts at the southern side of Greenwich Park where the coaches pull in, which is a 10-minute walk from Greenwich Royal Observatory.
Tours usually start at 1230hrs, but times can be changed to suit.
Greenwich Highlights Half-Day Tour runs daily.
Great Greenwich Pub Tour
Great Greenwich Pub Tour runs every evening except Sunday, and includes visits to four Greenwich pubs. Each has its own unique character and touring groups receive a free half pint of ale at each stop. Great Greenwich Pub Tour is a great way to learn more about the British pub culture.
The tour starts at 1800hrs and usually runs until 2130hrs.
National Maritime Museum Tour
Brand new for the 2015 season, the National Maritime Museum Tour is a half-day tour that includes the museum itself, and also incorporates nearby Queen’s House. Whilst in the museum, visitors can see everything from pirate stories to the jacket Nelson was wearing the day he died on board HMS Victory. National Maritime Museum Tour takes in the café and also includes a visit to Queen’s House, designed by the talented Indigo Jones, which is now the art gallery for Royal Museum Greenwich. This tour runs daily.
Shakespeare in London Tour
Shakespeare in London Tour explores where the Bard drank, acted and worshipped on London’s Southbank. It takes in the original site of Shakespeare’s Globe, the earlier Rose Theatre, the ruins of Winchester Palace, Southwark Cathedral – where Shakespeare’s younger brother is buried – and past the infamous Clink Prison. The tour also includes the official in-house Globe Theatre tour. It starts at 0900hrs and finishes around noon. Shakespeare in London Tour runs daily.
Law in London Tour
Guided by a practicing lawyer, this one-of-a-kind tour takes visitors into the Royal Courts of Justice, past the famous Old Bailey and into the British Law Society as honoured guests, where the group breaks for tea and coffee.
The tour then takes in the Inns of Court. The tour finishes at the Old Cheshire Cheese Pub for a half pint of ale, compliments of your guide.
The tour runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with a maximum of 12 people per booking.
Secret Gardens of London Tour
Secret Gardens of London Tour takes you to some of London’s hidden beauty spots, including the rose garden at the Artists’ Church in Covent Garden, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Inns of Courts gardens and the London Garden Museum, where the group breaks for coffee and tea.
It also takes in the Chelsea Physic Garden, with high tea at Kensington Palace. After tea, the group can enjoy the palace’s sunken garden.
The tour runs every day in the garden season (from April 1 to September 30) except Mondays and Saturdays.
Group tour organizers should book at least three to four months in advance.
To book visit www.greenwichroyaltours.com or freephone 0800 180 4565 (Greenwich Office: 0208 319 2143). Alternatively, email bookings@ greenwichroyaltours.com