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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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Had a great time at the Royal observatory lots to see and do there really liked it there. Get the audio unit very helpful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Good place to visit if in the area lovely walk fantastic views over London great place to take children too and the Greenwich market is interesting too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a great time at the Royal observatory lots to see and do there really liked it there. Get the audio unit very helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Historic site. To be where time begins is something else. Much more to see there. The time pieces and the telescope. Had a great steam punk exhibition there were we visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We took a bus from across London and it takes about 40 minutes, but looking at residential areas out of the window was nice. Then we got off at the Maritime Museum and it is a short walk to that building. What a nice museum that is. Undersold by the travel sights but very nice inside. Walk through and up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

It's an uphill walk to get to the Meridian house and once on the top the views are amazing (it may be difficult for someone with mobility issues). Some people find the 9.50 GBP fee too steep, but I figured this is one of the World's landmarks and it was just awesome to stand on both sides of the prime... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Not convinced its worth the entrance fee just to stand on the GMT line, but if you get the combined Cutty Sark/Observatory ticket its better value. If your staying in London get the River Bus to Greenwich

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

It is a simple golden line on the floor actually and it is made fancier by putting a silver sphere monument on top. If you enter through the Royal observatory, it's about £9.50 each for adults and £7.50 for students. This seems like an expensive price to pay if you do not really have the time to look around the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The Observatory has a fabulous view of the London skyline as it's high on a hill. [Which might cause problems for less mobile visitors.] Here you can find the Greenwich Meridian time line and stand with your feet on either side of the line. The parkland around the Observatory is fantastic. It's a very interesting place and a beautiful looking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We loved here,there was so much to see in a great and sunny day. We walked up the hill through the park.It was a pleasant walk with great views over London.The museum was very interesting and well presented. We love the learning of time,latitude and longitude.The views are amazing too. You can literally see all of London from the O2... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Husband wanted to visit...teenage daughter and I were not too keen but pleasantly surprised. The views were amazing across the City of London and you could see inside parts of the museum free of charge. Charges varied for the different parts of the museum and as we were time restricted we did not visit all parts.Interesting to see the meridian... More 

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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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