Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival in London

London Tall Ships Festival 2014

The Tall Ships arriving in Greenwich

A very special experience has sailed London’s way with the arrival of the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival. This unique festival brings the rare chance to see up close the largest fleet of Tall Ships in London in 25 years. While moored along the waterfront in Greenwich, you can get a closer look as well as enjoy the festivities, including music, cultural performances and a Parade of Sail procession along the Thames. If you’ve not visited Greenwich, now is the perfect time to go!

If you’re in London, don’t miss the Parade of Sail on Tuesday, September 9th from 1pm-4pm as the fleet of 50+ Tall Ships sail in a line down the Thames from Greenwich and head out toward the sea. It’s a remarkable finale to the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival!

Here’s a look at the Tall Ships in London last weekend. The sun shone down and it was a beautiful sight. There is something so impressive about seeing the Tall Ships and the nostalgic feeling they create. It rather brings London’s fascinating trading history to life.

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival

A nostalgic sight on the Thames

The Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival is the chance go get a good look at the intricate rigging of these old sailing ships.

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014

Festival time in Greenwich

Stroll along the riverbanks where you can join in the events and perhaps have your own artistic inspiration with the views.

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Artists along the Thames painting

 

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And what a view to paint!

You’ll have a fine view of the Old Royal Naval College designed by Sir Christopher Wren. You can visit the ORNC and enjoy a tour to walk through the history or check out their current exhibits. It is a masterful piece of 18th century architecture and part of Maritime Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tall Ships Festival London 2014 Old Royal Naval College

A picture perfect view of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich

 

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Watching the ships sail by

 

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Old and new in Greenwich as the tall ships sail past the O2

 

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Watching the ships come into Greenwich

 

If you’ve missed the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, don’t worry. You can still experience the magic by visiting the Cutty Sark, which is permanently docked in Greenwich. All aboard!

(Image Credits: John Wright)

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