Special Event highlights:
- A private evening at Admiral’s House (not normally open to the public) with a private three-course dinner with wine and a guided tour of the house
- Greenwich - maritime England's historic headquarters
- Stunning Maritime Museum
- The newly-restored Cutty Sark
- Historic Docks at Chatham with its collection of historic ships
Britain owes its historic pre-eminence to its military and merchant maritime power and this tour explores this facet of history at two key sites - Greenwich and Chatham historic docks - in the company of your guide, Peter Warwick.
Greenwich's maritime history stems from its location on the Thames where there was a substantial fishing community until the late 19th century as well as much of the shipping activity related to London's role as a major port. The strong naval connections began in 1694 with the establishment of the Royal Hospital for Seamen, subsequently the Royal Naval College, and the role of the Royal Observatory in advancing navigation and astronomy from the 1670s.
On the evening of the second night enjoy a private evening at Admiral’s House (not normally open to the public) with a private three-course dinner with wine and a guided tour of the house. Armiral's House was originally commissioned by Charles II as his new royal palace in 1660, but was left incomplete due to a lack of funds in 1672. In 1696 it was integrated into the larger design of the Royal Hospital for Seamen by Sir Christopher Wren, and became the residence for the Governor of the Hospital, who was invariably a retired Admiral. In 1869 the hospital closed and four years later the Royal Navy moved to Greenwich from Portsmouth. Admiral’s House then became the Admiral President’s Residence and was occupied by the most senior figure on site.
Your guide is Peter Warwick who is Chairman of The 1805 Club, a charity conserving the memorials of Georgian naval heroes and is also Chairman of the International committee for Waterloo 200. He was a leading organiser for Trafalgar 200 in the 2005 bicentenary of Nelson's great victory, and is the author of 'Voices from the Battle of Trafalgar'. Peter is also the Chairman of Thames Alive and was a member of the team who organised the Queens Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant.
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