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Situated on a picturesque slope of the south bank of the Thames, Greenwich once was home to Greenwich Palace, where both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born. The last part of the palace to be constructed, The Queen’s House (1616, Inigo Jones, still stands, but most of the grounds were rebuilt in the late Georgian period as the equally palatial Royal Hospital, a convalescence haven for disabled and veteran sailors now known as the Old Royal Naval College. High on the hill, in Greenwich Park, is the Royal Observatory, and between them stands the National Maritime Museum. So many of these treasures are owned by the state that many entrance fees are waived; you can play the whole day without paying more than a few pounds. Stop by the visitor center, alongside the Cutty Sark, for background information.