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Royal Observatory Greenwich

Romney Road | Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, England
44 20 8858 4422
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Ranked #269 of 853 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Owner description: The prime meridian, zero degrees longitude, runs through the...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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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.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The walk up to the hill (quite steep!) to get great views of Canary Wharf is definitely worth it. Went inside the Royal Observatory to see some information regarding stars, black holes but the visit definitely lasted under 20 minutes. Didn't pay for the planetarium section so can't comment on that.

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We have been to the Observatory at Greenwich a few times and would confirm it is well worth a visit. The centre is interesting, free I think and the views back across Canary Wharf from the grounds are amazing. This visit we decided to visit the planetarium at a cost of £6.50 each. Don't. I last visited a planetarium 40... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Wow.....I'm so glad we found this place. We didn't go in the observatory however walked around it and the views are breathtaking. You can literally see all of London from the O2 to the Eye. I could have quite happily watched the world go by for hours.

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Very interesting place! I went just as the sun went down so I got to see London from the viewing platform and see the meridian laser shooting away north. Enjoyed the exhibition. There's a lot of interesting information to take in.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I suppose this place is a national treasure. Up on a hill in the park, its full of history. We all take knowing what the “time” is, for granted, but it wasn’t always that way and it’s quite complicated, when the nuances are pointed out to you. The displays are interesting, the preservation of the building and the mechanical equipment... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

I walked up the hill through the park. It was a pleasant walk with great views over London. The museum was interesting, well presented and took one through the history of time in a great manner. I loved the learning of time, latitude, longitude and the need to resolve this as Britain extended it's reach around the world and the... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The Royal Observatory is literally the center of world navigation, both physically as home of the Prime Meridian, and actually because the maritime nation encouraged their best and brightest to solve the key to long-distance navigation that let them rule the waves for a century. To stand in the museum and look at John Harrison's actual H1 chronometer that led... More 

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Delhi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Amazing view from the top of the hill. Nicely displayed history of the longitude and latitude. The line for taking picture at the longitude line was not long.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I really loved the astrology section when I visited in winter. Would have loved to visit the planetarium if I had more money to spare! Would highly recommend it to people who are interested in astrology.

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West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

For those interested in navigation, whether by land, sea or air, this is a must-see. John Harrison's vintage clocks are on display, the last one enabling him to eventually win the Board of Longitude's prize for enabling sea captains to locate their position on this planet! As you observe the clocks, you are standing on a longitude of zero degrees,... More 

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