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Royal Observatory Greenwich

Romney Road | Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, England
44 20 8858 4422
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Ranked #218 of 1,041 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We were staying in Greenwich to run a 10k race in the park in the morning, and decided to head back to our hotel to freshen up, then come back to the park and visit the Royal Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. The RMT was free and gave an excellent structured history of British maritime exploits which was fascinating... More

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Windsor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Easter Hols - Having gulped loudly @ the cost of London Eye (£118 for family) in what is a glorified Ferris wheel for 30 mins, went for the RO and a presentation at 11.00 ( Space Safari) all for £29.50 for an " Astro" ticket. London Traffic beat us to arrive on time, but staff happily ( without a hint... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is a good museum with lots of areas for hands on interaction. The planetarium show is also worth going to. It often has a Q&A session at the end. Beware that the climb from Greeenwich park is very steep, so not for the faint hearted!

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Shipley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Great to learn about the origins of the Meridian Line and the Meridian Ball. Wonderful architecture set in beautiful grounds. Highly recommended.

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Wausau, WI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

Did you ever wonder how the longitudinal lines were drawn? Or how Greenwich Mean Time was established? Well, neither did I, but I found the answers here. My daughter wanted to visit after hearing about this in school and I'm glad we did. Not sure it's worth 7 pounds entry fee, but she enjoyed it and we all learned something.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

When I was in London 10 years ago, I wanted to go to Greenwich, but we just didn't have the time. I didn't really have the time this trip either, but was determined to make it work. It's a 40 minute Tube ride from downtown London, but well worth the ride. The walk up to the Observatory is pretty steep,... More

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Toronto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

You have to be a bit nerdy to fully enjoy the Royal Observatory site and that's OK. Maybe not for small children but this place does try to appeal to everyone. Mainly this site is about its history from 1675 and King Charles II , to 1884 and the Prime Meridian. The time-ball atop the Observatory drops at 1pm and... More

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

I'm a New York City tour guide on vacation in London. The Greenwich Royal Observatory is a diversion to the east of Central London. I took the Thames Clipper River Bus service from Millennium Pier by the Tower of London. The cruise offered great views of the Tower Bridge, the Shard, Canary Wharf and more. The fare was only £5.85... More

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Perth Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Very interesting site perhaps not for everyone.. My sea going career relied on a lot of Navigation using methods used before Sat Nav or GPS was widely available and this took me back to that..but perhaps others who did not have a vested interested in locating their position in the middle of the Pacific using the sun and stars might... More

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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Having taken the Thames Clipper all day ticket we stay on through the Thames Barrier and then back to Greenwich. We spent time strolling up to the Observatory. VERY expensive to go in so we just wandered around. The Chapel & Painted Hall are well worth viewing. After lunch I toured the Cutty Sark before boarding the Thames Clipper again

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