Royal Observatory Greenwich

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
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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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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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Sue W
Ilkeston, UK916 contributions
It seemed like a long walk up the hill to the Observatory but at least it was worth it. Although small, the observatory contains many interesting museum pieces which appealed to young and old.
Written 24 May 2023
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Hannelore H
United Kingdom245 contributions
Sep 2022
If for no other reason, still worth a visit to step on the Greenwhich meridian and get that weird feeling of standing atop of the world at that zero starting point.
Written 23 May 2023
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Dylan M
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May 2023 • Couples
My girlfriend and I visited the Planetarium today and had the most amazing time. The exhibitions and show were fantastic; we saw the moon base show and enjoyed it immensely, and the staff were incredibly accommodating for me being on crutches and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable!
Written 21 May 2023
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Deb W
Reno, NV2,478 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
It was fun to stand on the Meridian Line for a photo. The museum was too hot and crowded for me. The ball dropping at 1 pm was less than thrilling.
Written 19 May 2023
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Jackie D
Halewood, UK171 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Me and my partner had a walk around and needed a drink so stopped at off the pop ups. I got a small water and was charged £5.40!!!! Absolute disgrace!!!
Written 13 May 2023
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AnaPiussi
London, UK949 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
I’ve been around the Observatory many times as I am always walking around there at the Park. I think it is a MUST go see place in London. From there you have a beautiful view of a vast area of London until The Shard. The museum it is interesting and being able to take a photo with one foot at the East sode of the world and one at the West side it is the main purpose. Thinking thar the GMT line was discovered in this specific spot it is amazing. You can see the main telescope that was used. And the imaginary line it is is market at the house walls and at the floor. If you don’t feel like paying you are still able to see from the gates where the line is crossing.
Written 5 May 2023
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PousoAlegre
San Francisco, CA137 contributions
A must visit for the amazing history this observatory holds. There is so much to see and I highly recommend taking the free tour. I took the tour with John, who was an amazing tour guide. John clearly explained about the Longitude Act and showed us Harrison’s clocks in the Flamsteed House. We then moved to the Meridian house where he explained the contribution of 3 important Astronomer Royals. We ended the tour at the telescope room. There is so much information, and thanks to John, I learned so much as I found difficult to understand all on my own. I would highly recommend visiting this amazing site and learn how the longitude problem was solved.
Written 3 May 2023
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Lukáš Navara
28 contributions
Apr 2023
While the entrance is quite pricey, if you buy Greenwich Museums Pass or London Pass, it is a great place to visit! We've learned a lot about the history of clocks and observing plus a great view!
Written 3 May 2023
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Waddler
York, UK9,788 contributions
Apr 2023
This review is from the perspective of a family visit. The kids enjoyed the park and tolerated the walk up from where there is an iconic view, but you don't need a ticket to do that.

We did buy tickets and entered, and whilst we got a photo at the meridian line it wasn't easy to get our 9 or 6 year old to engage with it as I don't think they truly understood what it was despite our attempts at explanation!

They may have liked the Camera Obscura, but the queue on a Sunday afternoon for this attraction was too long so we gave it a miss.

We did wander through the rest of the exhibits but our kids prefer more interactive displays of which there are none.

I think some adults would find it very interesting, but think about whether it suits your kids.
Written 2 May 2023
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Jens A
Copenhagen, Denmark150 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
Interesting exhibition about navigation and the importance of watches. If you're into that sort of thing - not everyone in our company was. Afterwards you can go for a walk in the large park and take the train back to London from Blackheath. We took the City Experiences boat from Tower Hill to Greenwich, which we can recommend in nice weather.
Written 2 May 2023
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ROYAL OBSERVATORY GREENWICH (London) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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