William IV statue

King William Walk
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Greenwich Bestiary

Greenwich Bestiary

What animals link international bankers with wayward naval pensioners? What’s so manly about a herd of hovering elephants? Find out on this stroll through historic Greenwich. We read the town like an urban bestiary that includes stone unicorns and pelican crossings.

This guided walk is for tourists and locals seeking an alternative perspective on the town, Naval College and Queen’s House. By tracking down marvellous and bizarre stone, metal and historic creatures, we will uncover stories and ideas from architecture through to zoology.

What to expect: The Greenwich Bestiary guided walk provides a quirky introduction to Greenwich. Tour-goers will:

  • • explore Greenwich town centre, the Royal Naval College, the Queen’s House and north edge of Greenwich Park
  • • find out about the history of Greenwich through facts and stories related to real, imaginary and inanimate animals
  • • notice the many, diverse metal and stone animals featured on buildings and monuments, and find out about what they symbolise
  • • end the tour in the centre of Greenwich, with its market and many places to eat and drink.

Meet: Saturday 6 June, 2pm, William IV statue, by entrance to Greenwich Park & Maritime Museum. Duration: 1 hour 45 mins (approx)

Tickets: £12 (full price), £10 (over 65s and full-time students). Book here.