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Royal Observatory Greenwich

Address: Romney Road | Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, England (Greenwich)
Phone Number: 44 20 8858 4422
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Ranked #223 of 2,399 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories & planetariums, Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: The prime meridian, zero degrees longitude, runs through the...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Observatories & planetariums, Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Antwerp, Belgium
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106 reviews 106 reviews
33 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Part of the venue is free to explore (incl. the observatory, shop and cafe). If you want to visit the or stand on the Greenwich Meridian you do pay an entry fee. With two teens interested in science and geography we really enjoyed the Observatory, especially the astronomers photo exhibition.

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Newquay
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7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

A long but interesting uphill walk leads to this most fascinating piece of scientific history. To see so many of the astronomical instruments in their original setting was fascinating. We were also treated to a most interesting theatrical talk about the history of the observatory. Shame about the acoustics. However, the plan provided in the visitors guide is far from... More 

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Bangalore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The Royal Observatory Museum is quite fascinating to visit. Very educative and full of history. You learn to appreciate the concepts of Time and Space better. It was quite thrilling to stand on the Prime Meridian and interesting to note how it was moved twice. The exhibits of original clocks and telescopes were very interesting. It was also quite thrilling... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We visited during half-term, only to find one of the galleries closed at this very busy time - which is a shame because these exhibits are more hands on and interactive. I only noticed afterwards that this is written on the website. I booked tickets online for the planetarium, which was great, but during this process you are encouraged to... More 

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Cork
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Had a great time at the planetarium, really interesting experience and very glad I did this. The park around it was beautiful to walk around, and the Queens House and Painted Rooms, both free, were fantastic. We were horribly rained on on the way home but that really did not mar the experience- just be sure and bring a coat... More 

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

First off, I heartily concur with the recent reviewer who claimed that arrival by boat was a must. This place is all about its maritime past--what with the Cutty Sark, the Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College, and the Royal Observatory with its dropping red ball and Longitude links. It is simply fitting and contextual to take the boat... More 

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Bunbury, cheshire
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A fascinating place to visit. You can feel the history and learn about time and space. There was plenty for the enthusiast as well as some hands on exhibits for younger visitors. One of the most amazing features was the panoramic views of London, though they could do with updating they plaque telling you what the sights are. Worth a... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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139 reviews 139 reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Greenwich Observatory is a great all weather place to visit. You have to approach Greenwich by river - it's the only way to travel! There is a decent walk uphill from the quay but it is worth it to get the view back over Canary Wharf from across Greenwich park. There are places to eat at the harbour or you... More 

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Newry, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Plenty to see for free by wandering around. Some parts charge admission. Was tight for time so dodn't see it all.

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cambridgeshire
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

excellent place to visit very interesting, although was disappointed that the planetarium show was fully booked, we should have BOOK tickets before you visit to avoid disappointment . was very clean and well signed, staff were very helpful and pleasant. you have to buy a ticket for the meridian line and the planetarium but the royal observatory is free.

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