Maritime Greenwich is celebrating its 25th anniversary

A World Heritage Site

Situated within central Greenwich and Greenwich Park, Maritime Greewich includes a number of historic buildings representing its maritime importance. The unique architecture, designed landscape and association with the British monarchy over the centuries are just some of the features which make Maritime Greenwich a unique and significant place.

Outstanding Universal Value

Read more about our 8 key features or ‘attributes’ which make Maritime Greenwich of outstanding universal value as a world heritage site.

Our History

Established in 871 by Alfred the Great, Greewich has a long history linked to the royalty including the well known Henry VIII, and an architectural heritage derived from its role as a focus of maritime science, welfare and education development.

News & Events

Read about news and events occuring around the world heritage site and across all its partners

Quoted in History

  • Greenwich began as a Saxon village. It was called green wic (the word wic meant a port). So from the beginning it was a place where ships and boats were tied up.

    A brief history of Greenwich Tim Lambert
  • Certainly there is nothing lovelier at Versailles.

  • What shall we tell you? Tales, marvellous tales. Of ships and stars and isles where good men rest…

    The Golden Journey to Samarkland James Elroy Flecker, 1913
  • It was just 'Greenwich' and everyone in the world knew it.

    A Twenties Boyhood Jim Hertford
  • Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the Prime Meridian of the world but that doesn't mean the line of longitude is the only notable thing about the area.

    Time Out, 2014
  • And thence by coach to Greenwich church, where a good sermon, a fine church, and a great company of handsome women....

    Samuel Pepys, 1660
  • The fact that so much is there, in so small a place, makes the whole area extraordinary.

    Greenwich Charles Jennings


  • Greenwich Hospital
  • Old Royal Naval College
  • Royal Borough of Greenwich
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • The Royal Parks
  • St Alfege
  • Trinity Laban
  • University of Greenwich
  • Visit Greenwich