Royal Observatory GreenwichCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Blackheath Ave, Greenwich, Greater London SE10 8XJ, United Kingdom
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +44-2088584422
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Observatory, Historical Site, Family And Kids
Royal Observatory is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian line. It is said to be the most important historic site for tourists. Visitors can stand on both eastern and western hemisphere placing their feet on both the sides of the Prime Meridian. Royal observatory is the source of Prime Meridian of the world.
The meridian line itself divides the world from east to west and north to south. Greenwich is chosen to be the Prime Meridian of the world choosing it to be the basis of national time zone system. Many shows are conducted for the entertainment of children and elders on topics of astronomy, space, meteorite, etc.
The Planetarium and Astronomy Centre is a part of the observatory and you should definitely explore it a little more. Apart from this, as mentioned earlier the meridian line is not to be missed! Also, visit nearby attractions in the city which are covered in London itinerary 5 days.
- Prices vary according to events and shows.
- Please confirm timings before your visit.
- Access to wheel chair.
- Parking facility available.
- Last admission is at 4:30 pm
- Planetarium and Astronomy Centre, Meridian line- same timings as the royal observatory.
- Please check the official website for other combinations and offers.
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- Greenwich Tavern
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3.91% of people who visit London include Royal Observatory Greenwich in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
80.77% of people start their Royal Observatory Greenwich visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Royal Observatory Greenwich
54.29% of people prefer walking in order to reach Royal Observatory Greenwich
A fun place to visit in the middle of Greenwich park! We came on a rainy day, which was even more incentive to go into the Royal Observatory and explore the exhibits. The fact that admission on the observatory is free makes the visit even more enjoyable, as it is well worth it. There were many interactive activities to do with children (or without) here, including team work activities to get to virtual outer space and science experiments to enjoy first-hand. Its close proximity to Greenwich village also makes it a nice spot to visit before going in to town to see the market or have a nice coffee.
A fun activity during the summer months is to head out to Greenwich to spend a half day at Greenwich park including a visit to the Royal Observatory. The Royal Observatory is one of London's better family friendly places to visit. Interesting things to see here include the impressive Equatorial Telescope, the Time Ball and the time galleries. If you are visiting just before 1pm, you can watch the Time Ball fall, this is sort of neat. However, probably the most interesting thing to see at the Royal Observatory is seeing the Prime Meridian Line (Longitude 0º) which is found here. The Prime Meridian line famously divides the eastern and western Hemispheres. Here you can take memorable photos, straddling both hemispheres with one foot in the east and the other in the west. This is a fun activity and something you will easily remember of your trip to London. To visit the Royal Observatory just follow the signs, exiting the Greenwich Tube Station. The walk is around 20-25 minutes. You can comfortably visit the observatory in 60-90 minutes including time spent at the Prime Meridian line. If you want to spend a 1/2 day visit to Greenwich, it is worth considering a visit to the National Maritime Museum and to spend of bit of time in the park as well before making your way back to central London.
Why knowing the time played such an important part of our history and the discovery gave Britain the honour of the prime meridian. Fabulous views of London, other fabulous attractions nearby and surrounded by park land. Lovely!
As an amateur astronomer I loved this place. Plenty of history to see like the naval timepieces exhibition and the great Equatorial telescope. The planetarium was great too and the show was full of science while inspiring all the kids in the audience. Ticketing was a mess as they dont actually tell you there is a discount for buying both the planetarium and observatory tickets.
Interesting exhibition of the history of the Observatory and the tools that were used for centuries. One wonders how these very simple tools could be useful for studying the sky. And being so successful that even the Church felt being attacked. Nowadays people are walking on the Moon. We have way better tools observing the sky. But what you see at the Observatory, that was the beginning of a long journey.