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Royal Observatory Greenwich

Romney Road | Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, England
44 20 8858 4422
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Ranked #306 of 1,108 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We wanted to stand on the Meridian line and obviously this was the purpose of our visit but it was quite a climb up the hill not so bad coming down but lots of people stopping and resting and it was quite crowded on the walk way. We had to queue but not for long there were lots of people... More

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Padua, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

It is more interesting for the fascination of the 0 meridian than for the value of the visit. The main attraction is the like-rail passage go the meridian, where a queue of Japanese and Chinese people take pictures of themselves and their family. Since they try to take the picture of somebody while jumping, they spend lot of attempts and... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The Observatory itself was a beautiful place which is wonderfully maintained but the steam punk exhibition was an unwelcome distraction. Although some of the items were nice it would have been better if they had not been mixed through with genuine historical pieces. I found the facetious captions on real exhibits annoying as I would have liked to have known... More

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Dublin, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a great historical site of the scientific discoveries related to astronomy, geography, navigation. However, the climb to the top of the hill from the Maritime Museum is most discouraging to elderly and others with physical limitations. They really should considering offering a motorized shuttle for patrons up to the top of the hill, even if they need to... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

You are paying to enter an area to experience standing on the meridian. Steam Punk'd experience irrelevant. Tea room disappointing afterthought. Spectacular views (without entrance fee) over London from steep approach path.

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The walk up the hill from the Royal Naval College is rewarded with one of the best Free views in London, out over Greenwich and the Financial District. The Prime Meridian in one of those places that has to be experienced I think at least once in your life and the Octagonal room of the royal observatory is a place... More

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Prime Meridian was the only reason for us to travel all the way to Greenwich, and surprisingly, it wasn't something I would like to go back with great memories. We took the Extended Astro ticket, which had entrance to the Royal Observatory and a show at the Planetarium. I must say that none of the two were impressive.

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Famagusta, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Went twice in a row and then again to bring a friend. Fabulous views. Small museum of the clocks from the past. Loved having one foot on the left of Greenwich mean time and one on the right. We also enjoyed the planetarium. Excellent day out

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Downham Market, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Please don't just go here to take a photo standing on the meridian line! Put your phone and camera away and learn something. This is a fab place for the views alone over London particularly if you arrive by boat. The steampunk exhibition is clever, surreal and funny though a few puzzled foreign tourists! A show at the planetarium is... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I think most people come here to see the Greenwich Meridian and get their picture taken. There was a huge line in the courtyard to do just that, and we didn't think it was worth it. In fact, the line continues out of the courtyard and through one of the buildings - so you can skip the line and take... More

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