A visit to London is always an exciting experience with plenty to look forward to. One of the reasons that London is so popular with tourists is the myriad of attractions that are found all across the city. These are an amazing balance of the modern and mediaeval that make the city one of the most spectacular holiday spots to spend a holiday in the UK. London is also home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites that by themselves make the city a magnet for visitors and tourists.
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The 4 sites that form part of the heritage sites of Greenwich include:
Queen’s House: The masterful creation of leading English architect Inigo Jones, Queen’s House was specially built for Henrietta Maria, the royal consort of Charles I. Its construction began in 1635 and is among the first of its type buildings to showcase the classical architectural style in Britain. The property has a massive art collection from the 17-20 centuries. The house and its collection belong to the National Maritime Museum. A star attraction at Queen’s Houses is the helical staircase known as the Tulip Stairs, the first not to feature any kind of support.
Royal Observatory: The Observatory has contributed immensely to the growth of astronomy and maritime navigation over the centuries that makes it of invaluable historical and cultural import. The observatory is situated atop a hill within Greenwich Park. This where visitors can find the Prime Meridian, that is the key to measuring all global standards of time all over the earth.
Old Royal Naval College: Spread over two buildings the Old Royal Naval College was inaugurated in 1694. While in the early days it was a hospital to treat sick naval members, later from 1873-1998 it became a training college for officers in the Royal Navy. Hence its moniker by which it is still recognised today. The college was designed by the legendary architect Sir Christopher Wren and has appeared in various films and television movies. The star attraction at the college is the magnificent mural found in the Painted Hall, with the venue opening to the public in 2002. The college recently underwent extensive refurbishment and is a not-to-miss attraction.
Cutty Sark: If there is any family-friendly attraction that will keep the kids captivated it is the Cutty Sark. Moored near the Thames River banks, the Cutty Sark is a clipper (the fastest ship of its kind) that dominated the marine trade routes used by the East India Company. This was a golden period of the growth in might and influence of the British Empire over most other countries across the globe. The Cutty Sark exemplified the speed and might of the Royal Navy and covered the sea routes of China and Australia.