Royal Observatory Greenwich

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Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Observatories & Planetariums
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 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.
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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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Ray
Stanwell, UK513 contributions
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Jan 2021
Attractions like these are strictly for science/history enthusiasts and an average tourist who is just interested in taking a selfie for instagram can never understand the historic value and importance.

Greenwich area has deep roots with maritime and when European explorers started leaving for unknown territories, all European countries were keen to be the first to solve the longitude issue. The observatory was initially built in 1675 to ''map the heavens'' and help early explorers find their location at sea.

Today this exact point is universally recognised as the world standard for timekeeping. It's bit hard to explain how the moon and star movement helps people navigate. You have to be reasonably well at maths or have at least little interest in astronomy to know how it works.

Otherwise just enjoy the views, take pictures and go home.
Written January 29, 2021
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joep735
Barrow-in-Furness, UK721 contributions
So much history
Oct 2020 • Family
Firstly I am not sure I would take children and definitely not teenagers her, daughter said it was the most boring place in the world.
But if you don't take them its a very interesting place. It won't take you hours to see, but a good place for an hour or so. The time line could be a bit more, but it is authentic as is all the exhibits. The view alone from the building is stunning.
Written December 3, 2020
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Thank you for visiting the Royal Observatory, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. If you would like more information about visiting with families, you can visit our website to help plan your visit here: https://www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory/families. We hope we will see you at Royal Museums Greenwich again soon.
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BruceKramer
Duluth, MN4 contributions
A historical place witha great view
Dec 2019
The Royal Observatory at Greenwich is a lovely place for the day trip in London. You can learn about the history of the place and enjoy the view of London high rises and Thames river. Choosing a sunny day is ideal for the trip (I checked on climacell before I planned the day). You can travel by tube, but I would suggest taking a ferry ride on the Thames.
Written November 11, 2020
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Thank you so much for your feedback. It is great to hear you had an enjoyable experience, and hope to welcome you back to Royal Museums Greenwich again soon.
Written December 31, 2020
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Lenny
London, UK32 contributions
Preservation over inspiration..
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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Spachick64
Binfield, UK626 contributions
Where Time Began !
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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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,374 contributions
Very interesting exhibits about nautical time keeping!
Oct 2020
We went here during COVID 19social distancing and it's very well organised with a one way system. Obviously less visitors at the moment, so a pleasant experience and very few people. I like the one way system they have organised. Lots of interesting displays and artefacts about the history of nautical time. The building itself is also interesting, detailing the lives of notable last occupants. A good shop selling interesting products. And of course the meridian line is a highlight. We went on my ArtFund pass, so it was £8 each and at this price is good value for money. We spend about 90 minutes inside.
Written November 4, 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 December 31, 2020
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Sebastian P
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Don't go before booking everything.
Sep 2020 • Family
Half of museum is open only. 😢. I am very disappointed. Maritime museum not allowed to visit only with pre-booking. Queen House only pre-booking. I went but not to much things to do 😒. Before you have to book everything even a place where you can eat. Tourism going down. Sad and bad.
Written September 26, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear your visit did not match your expectations. If you’d like more information on what’s open at Royal Museums Greenwich, please visit https://www.rmg.co.uk/plan-your-visit/opening-times. We hope to see you again soon.
Written October 9, 2020
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Jorn Horaczek
London, UK424 contributions
Nice piece of history and education
Aug 2020 • Family
I took my teenage nephew here for a little science and history lesson.
The leisurely walk to the observatory is lovely and the museum very informative about tome keeping and navigation.
Then, there is the famous prime meridian which is sort of a must (although just a line on the ground).
Written September 20, 2020
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Thank you for visiting the Royal Observatory. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the experience. We hope to welcome you back to Royal Museums Greenwich soon.
Written October 9, 2020
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Lexi
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Del Boy
Sep 2020 • Family
It was about TIME that I went here. Harrison's H4 really changed the game of longitudinal study in ASTRONOMICAL proportions. I couldn't SEA why he didn't get the full £20k prize when del boy and Rodney SHIPPED his lesser watch at auction for £6.2million. I had a ROYALLY great time and made some excellent OBSERVATIONS and would thoroughly recommend to anyone searching for a great SCOPE of telly's... Sorry
Written September 19, 2020
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Thank you for visiting the Royal Observatory. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you back to Royal Museums Greenwich again soon.
Written October 9, 2020
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Katie K
London, UK27 contributions
So helpful!
I wish I had got the ladies (Irish) name. She was incredibly helpful today and made the visit worth every penny.

We love Greenwich and often visit, super day out to round off the summer holidays.

Written August 30, 2020
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Thank you for visiting the Royal Observatory. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience and will pass your feedback onto the relevant team. We hope you welcome you back to Royal Museums Greenwich again soon.
Written October 9, 2020
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