2015 PA Convention: Greenwich Attractions and Travel Tips
on Saturday, February 21, 2015
Last Updated: Monday, November 9, 2015
The Greenwich Campus is on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. The campus is centred on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century and has been described by The Independent as ”more breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV” and by UNESCO as one of the “finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”.
The grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, in which the Greenwich Campus is situated, also houses the tourist attractions of the Painted Hall and Chapel. Greenwich is a bustling town with a great atmosphere fostered by markets, pubs, clubs and restaurants. Up the Creek, a comedy and cabaret club, offers up-and-coming names in stand-up and is a short walk from the campus.
The borough is steeped in history. East meets west on the Greenwich Meridian line, which divides the hemispheres and marks longitude zero. The line runs through the courtyard of the 17th-century Royal Observatory and indicates the spot from which Greenwich Mean Time is calculated. Greenwich is home to the Cutty Sark, a 19th-century clipper ship, and the National Maritime Museum, as well as one of London’s finest Royal Parks.
We'll be in the 3rd floor of the King William Building (#4 on the map below). The best entrance is at the rear of the building - the side farthest from the river.
University of Greenwich campuses are easy to get to by train, bus and car. Each campus is also within reasonable travelling distance of major UK airports and ferry terminals, including Heathrow, Gatwick and Dover. The PA/SPR event will be held at the Old Royal Naval College.
The Transport for London website is the easiest and most integrated source for planning your London travel.
Southeastern trains provide direct services from London Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and London Bridge to Greenwich Station (Travel Zone 2 or 3) a 10 minute walk away from campus West Gate Entrance. There are also direct services from the Medway towns taking around 50 minutes, though a change at Charlton or Dartford is usually required. If you are travelling from Kent, alight at Maze Hill Station (Zone 3) which is less than a 10 minute walk from campus the East Gate Entrance.
For timetable information and a route map, go online to Southeastern.
- Contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950
- View live station departure boards
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
Cutty Sark DLR Station is just a two minute walk from the campus West Gate Entrance. Direct services run from Bank, Canary Wharf, Lewisham and Stratford and easy connections are available from Tower Gateway, Beckton and London City Airport. When exiting Cutty Sark Station turn left, walk past the bank and shops, then cross the road onto College Approach. Walk down and enter the Old Royal Naval College at the West Gate. The campus is part of the Old Royal Naval College.
The campus benefits from good bus services. The routes listed below stop just outside the campus (the 286 provides a direct route from Avery Hill Campus): 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386.
Access to the campus from the London Underground requires transfer onto other public transport. The best option is to get off at Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line) and get a DLR Lewisham bound train to Cutty Sark. Alternatively at North Greenwich (Jubilee Line) take a 188 bus to the campus.
Road Directions: From the M25 take the A2 Junction 2 towards London. The distance is then approximately 15 miles. Continue onto the A102 (if travelling from East London on the A12 join the A102 via the Southbound Blackwall Tunnel). Exit the A102 via the slip road for the A206 and follow the signposts for Greenwich. Continue into Greenwich along this road for approximately one mile and shortly after the BP garage turn right at the traffic lights into Park Row.
Parking: There is no visitor or student parking on campus but there is a public car park opposite in Park Row as well as other car parks elsewhere in the town centre. Greenwich Council provide more information on parking.
The ride from Avery Hill Campus takes around 30 minutes using the suggested route on Google maps. Cycling is not permitted on the campus except along the designated national cycle path adjacent to the river. Information on cycle routes is available from Transport for London. Cycle parking is available at either end of the campus. Showers are are provided for cyclists in Queen Anne Court on the second floor and in the Dreadnought Library on the first floor. The nearest Transport for London Barclays Cycle Hire location is in Island Gardens just north of the river (see note on walking below). Transport for London provides useful advice on bike security.
Bike Parking: Students and staff wishing to cycle to campus can park their bikes at the following locations around the campus:
- East Gate entrance behind the gatehouse
- Queen Mary Car Park – covered garages
- West Gate entrance
- Dreadnought Library
- Stephen Lawrence Building
In all cases bikes should be secured and are left at the owner’s risk. At present there are no specific locker facilities for cyclists. For further information on cycling see the University’s Cycling and Walking page.
Walking to Campus
The campus is connected to many pedestrian footpaths including the Thames River Path. The Greenwich foot tunnel provides access on-foot between Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs north of the river. There are also some very pleasant walks and fantastic views in Greenwich Park south of the campus.
For more information on walking see the University’s Cycling and Walking page.
Text on this page originally appears on the University of Greenwich webpage.