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Royal Observatory Greenwich

Romney Road | Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, England
44 20 8858 4422
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Ranked #320 of 1,137 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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... more » 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. « less
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visited the observatory a few days ago and as an astronomy fan was impressed with all the displays and the observatory telescope. A fascinating place to walk around and take in the very long history and the important role Greenwich has played in scientific discovery. I would also recommend a visit to the Planetarium whilst you are there which... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

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 (£8.50 per adult, £22 for family) is one of London's better family friendly places to visit. Interesting things to see here include the impressive Equatorial Telescope, the Time Ball... More

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Hook, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The observatory stands in the wonderful Greenwich Park. The views of the city of London from the top are awe inspiring, so try to make your visit on a clear day The Observatory itself was extremely interesting, time brought to life. It is worth your while buying the map of the site as there are many different parts to visit... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

My 7 year twins loved it. More importantly, it was a treat to me as I always wanted to visit the Observatory and stand on the Prime Meridian. And , I did it! I will recommend this to everyone of you who is visiting London to do visit this place to understand the historical perspective of astronomy as seen from... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

I'm a nine year old boy and I think that the Royal Obsevatory Greenwich is a great experience for all age groups (except under 5s).The sky's tonight presentation was brilliant even though there was a combination of noisy children and selfish parents.The gift shop is very expensive i.e there is a telescope that costs £1,300 pounds personally I do not... More

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I took 3 children to the Prime Meridian understanding from this site that entrance for children is free. It took us some time to find the place from the tube station. Upon arrival we were told that children cost £4. I am not sure I would have included this place in our day trip which already included considerable expense from... More

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

It was wonderful to visit a place with great historical significance. All those who are interested in star gazing will find this visit very informative. For us, most of the information went above our heads. Still, just to stand on the GM line was worth the trip.

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

About five years ago, intrigued by the 18th century quest to resolve Longitude, I visited the ROG to wonder at the engineering skills which made and perfected Harrison's clocks. With the Ships, Clocks and Starts Exhibition currently on at ROG, a holiday visit to London was the perfect opportunity for a re-visit. I now have a mobility issue which makes... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Visited here today and there was a special exhibit in the National Maritime Museum that made this visit special. In addition to the history of creation of the Royal Observatory and standing on the East West line of the globe and watching the "ball drop" at 1 PM to continue the tradition for the sea captains on the Thames, they... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A wonderful view of the city of London. All people want a pict where the date line is, where you want your photo taken, isn't. It's a bit pricey. They do a joint ticket alone with the 'Cutty Sark' and the maritime museum. just walking arround and enjoying the place was very amusing. As always in London, it depends on... More

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