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Royal Observatory Greenwich

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Address: Romney Road | Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, England
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Description: The prime meridian, zero degrees longitude, runs through the courtyard of...
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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I visited the Royal Observatory yesterday as part of an educational group trip. Found the day very interesting. The Observatory contains various astronomical exhibits and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We paid to go in as we wanted to take photos at the Greenwich Meridian. We later discovered there is a line on the wall outside the museum confines for photo ops but the photos are better if you pay to go in. The Camera Obscura was interesting but the rest of the museum was a rather dry look at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Nice trip away, lovely park and nice to see the place that defines the two halves of the world. However we did not pay to get into the observatory, seemed too expensive at the time

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The view from the observatory is great, unfortunately the observatory itself is a pretty dull museum full of clocks and some mediocre explanations. Not worth the entry fee.

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SamRMG, Manager at Royal Observatory Greenwich, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to pass on your feedback. Great to hear you enjoyed the stunning views but sorry you felt the museum was lacking. Did you visit our recently refreshed Time & Longitude gallery and see the Meridian Line and Camera Obscura? These are some of the highlights of the site. There's also the... More 

Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

A fantastic view across Greenwich and beyond.. Well worth the climb and beautiful on a sunny day. Greenwich is a lovely area with a peaceful park appealing to all. Worth a visit for a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of central London!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I visited the Royal Observatory yesterday as part of an educational group trip. Found the day very interesting. The Observatory contains various astronomical exhibits and displays, some of which are interactive, which is great for astronomy enthusiasts. The Meridian Line is also a must see, along with the Great Equatorial Telescope. Whilst observing these we were also able to look... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I have just returned from the Royal Naval College and have had a wonderful afternoon. I started with the "discover Greenwich" museum, it's full of interesting historic facts about the area.Then off to see the Painted Hall and the Chapel. These are the most stunning visual attractions, really well worth a visit. Make sure you have your camera at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

At 12.55pm the ball is down. Shortly after 12.55pm the ball starts rising. Before 1pm the ball reaches the top. At 1pm it drops. And the show is all over for the day! However, it was mandatory to see it and unfortunately I didn't have time to go into the museum. The area around Greenwich is very beautiful with lovely... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I went there for a shows about today's stars. Was quite interesting but I thought was going to last more, only 30 minuts for it. A really nice simple explanation of stars, accessible to all adults and children. To be honest I was expacting more from the observatory in general but I've been amazed from clocks of all sizes! ;)... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We went for an exhibition in the planetarium called Dark Matter. I was quite excited to see this and the website said it was up a bit of a hill. They were not kidding! And as I have difficulty walking, this was murderous! But one there, we went inside and the gentleman conducting the exhibition was both informative and hilarious.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Take a moment and stand exactly on the line where East meets West! The observatory isn't overly extensive, but still very neat. If you're in the neighborhood, you should make the effort to visit.

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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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