Royal Observatory Greenwich

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Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Observatories & Planetariums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The prime meridian, zero degrees longitude, runs through the courtyard of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, which was founded in 1675 by King Charles II.
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Neighbourhood: Greenwich
Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the very concept of global time was established at Royal Observatory, just one of several buildings of architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park and a number of related buildings (and one world famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
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geord359
High Spen, UK8 contributions
This is a must see attraction if you're in Greenwich. The views from the Observatory offer stunning panoramas of London and the displays are well presented. The story of how mapping and the measurement of time were developed here is also well told and immersive.
Written 1 May 2022
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Susannah Z
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We were 2 families with 3 children aged between 9 and 12. We had pre booked tickets just for the Royal observatory as its somewhere we had always wanted to visit. In advance I thought the ticket prices fair for a London attraction but looking back I now feel this is over priced for what the museum has to offer.
The view from the top on a sunny day is definitely breath taking but you don't need to be be in the museum to have that view. The walk up through the park was steep but enjoyable. The meridian line inside the museum in the courtyard was the only fun enjoyable part for all of us. The rest of the museum really didn't have much to offer unless you were prepared to read lots of facts about clocks. I really expected some more interactive exhibits. Everything felt a little dated.
Written 20 April 2022
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highlandbeachflorida
Highland Beach, FL1,715 contributions
Interesting site with a beautiful park close to the River. The hilltop Observatory offers panoramic views of London. There are
Several buildings on site with a varied collection of small exhibits.
Outside is a display of British standards of length including a yard, a foot, six inches and three inches.
Written 25 March 2022
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MyIronLung
Faversham, UK28 contributions
Our son is doing space at school at the moment and has developed a keen interest, so this was the perfect day trip to indulge him. We absolutely loved it. The displays are absolutely fascinating and the Meet the Neighbours show made us feel very humble indeed. Anyone who doesn’t get a small shiver down their spine watching just how vast space is, and how tiny we are…..well, you must be dead inside. It was breathtaking.
Staff were knowledgable and friendly. I thought the ticket prices were reasonable.
Yes, there is a steep hill to get to it but once you’re at the top the views are stunning - well worth being puffed out for!
Written 27 February 2022
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catp79
Winchester, UK875 contributions
My husband and I visited on a beautiful sunny day in September 2021. The walk up to the observatory is pretty steep but it’s a short walk so you won’t be puffed out for long if you’re not the fittest (like me!).

The views of Canary Wharf from the observatory are absolutely spectacular. You won’t need a ticket for this so definitely worth a trip.

Once inside the observatory, there is so much to see; the exhibits are fascinating.
Written 27 February 2022
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brownsBedworth
bedworth18 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Myself and my two daughters visited the Sky Tonight exhibit.
The kids were thoroughly engaged the whole time and we all learned something new. The show taught us how to search the sky without the need for equipment and the takes behind the famous constellations.
The guide was an Astronomer which really impressed the children and she made the experience fun and engaging.
We thought we would go as it was something a bit different from the usual museums and wouldn’t take up a huge chunk of our day visit to London
Written 22 February 2022
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georgiafbrown
York, UK31 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
My partner and I went to the Planetarium show, it was really interesting and informative! We were worried it would be all kids but it wasn’t it was definitely suited to adults as well! The lady who did the presentation was great and we would recommend. The show was beautiful.
Written 21 February 2022
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Krista P
Stratford, Canada396 contributions
Dec 2021
Views from the top are amazing. You can stand right on the prime meridian which is fun. Make sure you go at sunset for that golden glow!
Written 26 January 2022
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Andrew G
Penicuik, UK688 contributions
Dec 2021
We really just wanted to see the Meridian Line, but enjoyed the whole visit. Didn't pre-book, but walk-up tickets were available. Some areas of the museum appeared closed, and the cafe certainly was. We found a tearoom nearby. We visited 7 December 2021.
Written 9 January 2022
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David H
1 contribution
Dec 2021
This is a unique museum, and I want to support it, having come many times since I was a child (when it was free and actually offered much more to see of scientific interest). However, with more than half of the museum closed for refurbishment, the entrance fee cannot be justified. Not only that, but the price quoted on the website when I booked the tickets did not include VAT, which was only later added on when I received the bill. This is the kind of subterfuge I would expect of some dodgy online travel agent, not a national museum! So I won't be coming back - my memories of it are so much better, and still free.
Written 3 January 2022
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Royal Observatory Greenwich is open:
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