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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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We visited on a wet day so the walk up to the site was rushed. So much to tak in it deserved Moore than the few hours we had. Gift shop had high quality souvenirs. Beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We visited on a wet day so the walk up to the site was rushed. So much to tak in it deserved Moore than the few hours we had. Gift shop had high quality souvenirs. Beautiful location and worth it just for the views of London. Great kids park down the bottom of the park. Take the train to maze... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Good place to get an idea about the research and stuff that has gone around time and how it is connected with navigation. It is best visited on a sunny day to catch the excellent view from the hilltop and observatory and can spent time in the huge surrounding park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This place is apart of the Royal Museums of Greenwich: http://www.rmg.co.uk/ We walked from our hotel The Mitre (please see my review on this establishment), which was about 15 minutes. We took King Williams Walk through the main gate of the Greenwich Park, past the National Maritime Museum. It is a steep hill, but well worth the walk. We went... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Very interesting, even on a rainy London day. If you have any interest in how things work, this is well worth your time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Well, I can tell you that it's a great place and they did a great way to effort in doing it; there are awesome views...but I will only recommend you to go if you like walking cause you'll need to walk a lot, and if you like villages and well knowing how other people live as well as physics; you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

As part of my friend and I's “budget” photo-taking daytrip up to Greenwich, for which the only thing we paid for was the train ticket (well, and a pint of ale each later in the day!), after we have visited the National Maritime Museum and an all-too-short stroll through some of Greenwich Park, we visited the free areas of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Get there early is the theme of any London attraction. This attraction is no different. The line to see the Prime Meridian was long and appeared longer cause of a tour. It costs 9.50 to get in. However, little known secret that around the corner to the right from the official clock outside of the observatory there is a unusual... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The Royal Observatory boils down to 3 things: clocks, telescopes, and the Prime Meridian. It is very interesting how navigational needs drove inventors to design more accurate clocks than had ever been built before, and the Royal Observatory chronicles the story superbly. It is also quite interesting to see the actual telescopes used by famous astronomers over time. But I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

A nice place to learn about the history of measurements in middle ages and to kiss each there on zero meridian.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Just being able to stand with one foot in the East and one foot in the West makes this worth the admission fee. It was raining while we were there but it didn't stop us lining up to take our pictures on the Meridian line. Lots of interesting things to see in the attached buildings although not very interesting for... 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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