Things to do at Woolwich Arsenal

Papa Joe and I went to the tall ships festival on The Thames and discovered that The Woolwich Arsenal is being redeveloped and is a great place to take the munchkins. Now served by DLR and trains fron central London it is easy to get to and will become even easier when Crossrail opens in 2018. You can also use the Thames Clipper service although it is limited to commuter rush hours during the week. There is a shuttle service to the O2 centre at weekends. See the timetable here.

We often drove through Woolwich 40 years ago but in those days this area was hidden from sight behind large brick walls. Now you can walk through the grounds to The Thames Path, stopping on the way at places to eat and drink, as well as visiting the Heritage Centre and Artillery Museum.

woolwich arsenal 5The grounds are lovely to stroll around, with grassy areas to play on and interesting old buildings to look at.

The munchkins will love clambering on the old artillery and running around the 16 cast iron figures making up the sculpture near The Thames.

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There are good views along The Thames and it is easy to walk along The Thames Path here.

woolwich arsenal 1You can look up river and see the Woolwich Ferry, The Thames Barrier and the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.  On on the other side of The Thames is London City Airport and you may see planes landing and taking off.

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Can you spot the plane taking off? It is in the distance just above the Woolwoch Ferry which is leaving the jetty

We stopped at Firepower – The Royal Artillery Museum. (Entrance fee – closed Sundays and Mondays).

woolwich arsenal 6It has a several different galleries and you can borrow special backpacks with activities for the munchkins to do as you walk around. You can also buy special activity tickets to use in The Camo Zone where you can try out your skills on the firing range.

We also visited the Greenwich Heritage Centre  ( Free – closed Sundays and Mondays) Although small it is well laid out and tells the story of The Woolwich Arsenal, from how convicts were involved building in Woolwich Docks to modern times.

woolwich arsenal greenwich heritage 1Most Saturdays the heritage center has a drop in art club with activities suitable for 4+ (younger children arewelcome).

woolwich arsenal greenwich heritage 2There are a few interactive exhibits and a little sailing ship to play in with picture books to read nearby.

Getting There Main entrance is in Plumstead Road opposite Woolwich Market 
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