Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich
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10:00 AM - 7:45 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:45 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:45 PM
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Greenwich
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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  • Sai
    Bengaluru, India15 contributions
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    The Royal Observatory is on a hill. It has a beautiful view and has the 0degree longitudinal line.
    The Royal Observatory is located on a hill. It is a very nice place. It costs 18pounds for an adult and 9pounds for a child(5-15years)(Under 4-Free) to enter the Royal Observatory. The Royal Observatory has a museum and the zero degree longitudinal line. It is easy to go there from Maritime Museum to Old Royal Naval College as there is a path surrounded with greenery. There is also a board showing the lengths of one foot, two feet, three inches, one yard and more other types of measurements.
    Hi User (or Maps40871465856 if that's the name you prefer to go by.) Thank you for posting this review. Not many people talk about the boards for measurements and it is one of the many parts of our collection that make the site special.
    Written August 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
  • violet339
    London, United Kingdom407 contributions
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    I would personally give it a miss
    I understand the Observatory's significance but, for me personally, it's not a must-see attraction. I had family visiting who wanted to go so go I did but I have to say I found it pretty boring really. I thought the camera obscura was cool and of course the meridian line, although I've crossed that before in the tunnel. But it was hot and stuffy in the museum rooms and I didn't find the exhibits very engaging. The best part for me was the walk up and the views from the top... I do like Greenwich Park and the surrounding area. The ticket included the Cutty Sark which is well worth a look around, especially if you have kids in the group who will surely enjoy it.
    Hi Violet I'm really glad you enjoyed your trip to the Cutty Sark and that your parents enjoyed the trip here. Royal Museums Greenwich has something for everyone and the historical significance of one thing may not appeal to someone as much as another. To help with this We offer Day Pass tickets that combine the Observatory and the Cutty Sark and cut 25% off the admissions price.
    Written August 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Alex570
    Tallinn, Estonia69 contributions
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    Questionable value
    Greenwich itself is a large and beautiful place - there is a large park, a museum, the Cutty Sark ship and an observatory. The last of these is the least interesting; it might be a good idea to go in rainy weather; but otherwise not. Nothing much to see. At the same time, the planetarium show is quite interesting and a good way to rest your legs. Most tourists take pictures of themselves at the zero meridian.
    Hi Alex Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. There is an incredible amount to do in Greenwich, that is indeed true. I'm very glad you enjoyed your trip to the Cutty Sark at least. The National Maritime Museum, Queens House, Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory are all part of Royal Museums Greenwich. On the Royal Museums Greenwich website you can find our range of offers that improve the value of your tickets to our sites. The Royal Observatory is a major part of British History and our role in Navigation at Sea (Which was vital for ships such as the Cutty Sark), Time keeping, and the legacy of King Charles ii and Sir Christopher Ren. The Prime Meridian Line is also a point (Or line...) of global significance. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world visit us every year to learn more about our stories and to stand where the East and West hemispheres begin. While the soothing sounds and voices within the Planetarium may tempt many with the opportunity for a nap. Our shows are so much more than just relaxing. With actual Astronomers taking you on journeys through space, we help introduce people to the vastness and complexities of our solar system and the universe. For anyone interested in the science and history of our world and beyond, the Royal Observatory and London's only Planetarium are a must.
    Written August 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Łukasz K
    Wetzlar, Germany62 contributions
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    Online guidance only
    Already been multiple times in London, never been in Greenwich though. Ticket was quite expensive -18£. Taking into consideration that it was not guided with human, but only with online video - make sure you have sufficient internet data, and also to take your own headphones. Other than that - it is definitely place worth visiting!
    Hi stripocean I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. We have talks about the site everyday that can be joined and are looking at other tour options for the future. The wonderful thing about our Smartify tour is that the app can be listened to anywhere and are much more sanitary than physical audio guides. They are also available for each of the sites within Royal Museums Greenwich and so much more.
    Written January 26, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 19, 2023
  • ndw78
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom2,721 contributions
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    A must see for its history & Amazing views of the city as well
    This is the place where all time starts. Stand on the GMT line and see what the time difference is for all around the world. Go through the museum and find out it’s past and how it was all discovered and used. First time I’ve been to this area and much history to see as well as amazing views of the city. Free for key workers via blue light too
    Hi ndw78 Thank you for such a positive review, we are very glad you enjoyed your visit. The Royal Observatory is part of Royal Museums Greenwich, Also within the area is the National Maritime Museum, Queens House and Cutty Sark ship. There are plenty of reasons to come on back when you get the chance.
    Written January 26, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Richard S
    Angmering, United Kingdom769 contributions
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    Walking in history
    Literary walking where the world sets its time from. The obsevratory is steeped in amazing history and the views across london arespectacular. This was an amazing place to visit to learn how the world sets its time from the UK.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2024
  • Veronika C
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    Really amazing time, would definitely recommend!
    We visited the planetarium and saw 6 shows over 2 days during the 100 year anniversary celebration. We saw the shows: Uranus a planetary catastrophe, Ted's Space Nightmare, Cosmic Meditation, We're All in the Dark, The Sky Tonight Down Under and The Gravitational Universe. We thought these were absolutely brilliantly presented and it was so much fun to listen to for anyone of any ability. All the staff were particularly lovely, and they even managed to squeeze us into a show without a booking due to some seats being free last minute! We have already seen all the regular shows at the planetarium so seeing these unique one-off shows was amazing too and so interesting. Hopefully the planetarium present more of these one-off shows as the themes/topics were very engaging and fascinating and I would love to see a broader range of topics too! The facilities were all really clean and tidy, and the planetarium seats very comfortable. I will absolutely be returning here and would recommend the planetarium to everyone! (PS to the planetarium please do more one-off shows like about Jupiter or Saturn or black holes! )
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2024
  • Jim B
    Lincoln, Nebraska709 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Skip Paying £20 Just to Stand on the Prime Meridian
    While I'm sure that this is a great place to visit, we were a bit overwhelmed by the crowds who are mainly there to get a selfie 🤳 along the Prime Meridian. While the one inside the gates may be nicely ordinated, you can still find the division between East and West longitude in other places. However, the views from this vista are well-worth the trekvto the top.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2024
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Peter H
Ipswich, UK139 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
What a fascinating place. The whole history of time and it's effects on a developing, largely undiscovered planet and the men who sailed it's seas brilliantly displayed and explained in this wonderful building with it's breathtaking views across modern London.

The development of the timepieces (nearly all English as far as I can make out) that played such a vital part in exploration and world trade sounds a fairly boring topic to many, but here they make the subject come alive ...... and it's the only place you can stand with a foot in different hemispheres at the original ground zero.

Not to be missed .... even if the climb nearly killed me.
Written March 9, 2020
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That Dubai Blogger
Dubai, United Arab Emirates284 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
Started of our day at the maritime museum which offered free entrance the walked along the park all the way to the top and we were just speechless. Most people were busy engaged in the prime meridian line but the view really got us. You can get the best view of central london and Canary Wharf from there and make sure u check the weather and time to go. If it’s too windy and foggy you won’t be able to enjoy the view and also it’s best to go during the day for good pictures because at night, even though the skyline will be bright and lit, you still won’t be able to get the best pictures.
Written February 20, 2020
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CatherineHabbie
London, UK150 contributions
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Aug 2020
It would be a shame to miss this vital piece of history on your trip to London. The observatory offers a panoramic view of the financial capital of the country, juxtaposing the old and new. Don't miss the ferry ride on your return back or the exciting alternative of walking under the river Thames through the tunnel.
A meandering path through the Greenwich Park leads one uphill to the observatory. The structure is remarkably well-maintained for its age. Winding spiral staircases lead one through the gallery that houses the ancient clocks that were precursors to the modern GPS navigation, to the impressive dome gallery that was literally a gateway to the stars. Massive telescopes that are almost abandoned, line the room and one can imagine the shutters open on clear nights for a celestial feast.
As one leaves the building, one could almost miss the camera Obscura & the Prime Meridian, if one weren't very observant. The line has the prominent cities of the world marked with their old names and their longitudinal distance from the line. With social distancing in place, it is one family at a time and the mask is not compulsory outside the building. Don't miss the view of the observatory from the shady tree nearby. In a matter of seconds, the magic moment where East meets West is over.
The gift shop which maintains a few remarkable items of interest & housed the audio guides which weren't offered due to social distancing.
Written August 10, 2020
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Thank you for sharing your lovely review of your experience. We are glad to hear you had an enjoyable experience and we hope it won't be long before we welcome you back to Royal Museums Greenwich.
Written October 9, 2020
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Freezer49
Romford, UK150 contributions
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Jan 2020
Visit was planned well in advance. Travel was by public transport.
The walk through part of Greenwich past the Maritime Museum and up the hill to the Observatory, on a clear and dry day, gave wonderful views across the Thames and across London.
Activities at the Observatory were arranged and linked to a project the children were doing at school. The workshop, time to explore the galleries and a presentation in the planetarium were all excellent for these Year 5 children, the adults enjoyed them too. Would recommend for children and adults alike.
Written January 9, 2020
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Joyce
509 contributions
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Jun 2021
As of writing, £16 per adult to enter to Royal Observatory is a little steep for some, especially if you're going in with an adult family. While I don't wish to deter anyone from going in and having a great time within the observatory, there's actually a way to take a photo with half of you in the East and West without having to fork out any money. Just outside the wall clock, also known as the 'Shepherd Gate Clock', you'll notice a small black gate to the right of the clock. There should be no lock on it; be brave and pull it open and hey presto! you'll find a small strip of metal running from the wall along to the floor, with a crumbling stone engraving indicating that you staring at the East and West longitude. A lot of people don't dare to touch the gate because there's no signage and no one wants to get into trouble, but you're free to go through! The path will also take you to the Royal Observatory Garden, another hidden gem that can be found through a little daring and exploring.
Written June 27, 2021
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Lenny
London, UK44 contributions
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Nov 2020 • Family
The whole area of Greenwich is fascinating and diverse. We have wanted to visit he Royal Observatory at Greenwich for many years.. Covid procedures possibly impacted significantly.

In a nutshell the relatively brief visit cost £75 (£90 including beverages) and thankfully included the Curry Sark exhibit.

The Royal Observatory made a fascinating history turgid and uninspiring. Perhaps the Covid limitations impacted significantly but suffice to say it was as appetising as a stale ham sandwich

The expense was somewhat redeemed by the Cutty Sark visit, despite also failing to bring the voyages alive due to poor AV equipment and investment. The Captain’s presentation was a fun experience for all

Written November 9, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear your visit did not match your expectations and will pass your feedback onto the relevant teams. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed meeting Captain Woodget at Cutty Sark. We hope to see you at Royal Museums Greenwich again soon.
Written December 31, 2020
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ian l
Rotherham, UK132 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
Attended a valentines evening at the observatory. The tour included a show at the planetarium a visit to to the telescope. They then had talks on various astronomers and navigation. I have an interest in space and travel so found it very interesting. The tour is after public opening so there are not loads of people and you can enjoy the exhibits in a more leisurely fashion. Would recommend a tour.
Written February 15, 2020
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Jo K
Worcester, UK8,796 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
Do walk up to see the observatory it's a sight to behold but if you don't want to pay £15 to go in and tick the bucket list box of standing on the 0° meridien line then take the disabled recommended route up the hill and the line is shown in brick paving... see my pics below....
The view from the top is amazing then walk the steep way back down. The time ball drops at 1pm everyday. We didn't know this till after our visit. You can also see this from outside the gates.
Written February 27, 2020
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Spachick64
Binfield, UK816 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
A must do UK historical attraction ! Probably best done on a dry day unlike ours where it had rained most of the day . Situated at the top of a fairly steep path . Just take your time and it can be done in around 5 minutes . At the bottom the hill is Greenwich Park . At the top there are great views over London . The visitors experience is a little reduced due to COVID restrictions as the visit is arranged as a one way route which is contrary to the way you would normally do it
Very interesting learning about aviation by the stars and standardisation of time across the country . Of course we’d gone to stand on the Meridian Line with one foot in the east and the other the west.
Currently no cafe facilities available and it was too wet to sit outside but well worth a visit . All ages would enjoy different parts . Little bits of interactive features with the talking clock
Written November 5, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear you had a great visit and hope you will be able to visit Royal Museums Greenwich again soon.
Written December 31, 2020
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Jens A
Copenhagen, Denmark143 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Friends
Interesting exhibition about navigation and the importance of watches. If you're into that sort of thing - not everyone in our company was. Afterwards you can go for a walk in the large park and take the train back to London from Blackheath. We took the City Experiences boat from Tower Hill to Greenwich, which we can recommend in nice weather.
Written May 2, 2023
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Thank you for your comment "432jensa" Thank you for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing our collection. The views available from the Observatory and Park are truly incredible and unique.
Written June 27, 2023
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