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Royal Observatory Greenwich

Address: Romney Road | Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, England
Phone Number: 44 20 8858 4422
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Ranked #221 of 924 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: The prime meridian, zero degrees longitude, runs through the...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observatories/ Planetariums, 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

I love it...Everything...need go back with my son. The planetarium was the cherry on the top of the cake...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

You must stop and straddle the Prime Meridian! Not only is it a fun place for a photo opportunity, but the views are astounding! The Royal Observatory was amazing. The line to get in may be long, but is worth the wait! We were there right when it opened, so we didn't have long to wait.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The Royal Observatory sits atop a hill behind the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London. Unless you are a complete history buff or have seen the PBS special, "The Search for Longitude", this historical museum might seen a little dry. It is the site where the prime Meridian or zero degrees longitude passes through. The lines on a map that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My friend and I bought combined Astro ticket for Planetarium show and entrance to Observatory. I wasn't really impressed by the old museum. It is a small area, everyone is taking pictures and selfies on 0 meridian. But what the Planetarium show is really amazing! It is called the Night Sky. Duration is 30 mins. You are almost lying in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

After the Longitude exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, this was a good follow on, to learn about the history behind the discoveries relating to space and time. The exhibits are very well displayed in a number of buildings across the site and you get a real sense of history. It's also fun to cross the hemispheres!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The Royal Observatory is one of those attractions that are rarely crowded even though they offer a lot to see. There's a few great exhibitions available, you learn a lot about the place's history and challenges, you'll get to see the meridian line and some fantastic old telescopes. The view from the top of the hill is well worth the... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The museum tour covers all aspects of the problems of navigation and how problems were overcome to determine the position of the lines of longitude.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I must say that I stayed outside the gates because it looked as if a whole school was there the day I went but I took nice pics of the Meridian. The view from up there is worth while. You see the city pretty well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Stunning setting and a truly magnificent place. The views from the hill on which it sits are wonderful, and the exhibitions are fascinating. Standing astride the prime meridian is a great moment (though I skipped the £1 commemorative certificate available!). The octagon room is especially impressive. Climbing the hill to get there is a bit of a challenge if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Must See!!!! You can stand outside the gates and take photos of the Prime Meridian from 20 metres away, or you can pay to enter and visit the entire Observatory. The latter is far better, and for a few extra quid you can the AMAZING Cutty Sark clipper tour/museum. The history of space observation, time, maritime travel is dwarfed by... More 

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