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Royal Observatory Greenwich

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Address: Romney Road | Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, England
Phone Number: 44 20 8858 4422
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The prime meridian, zero degrees longitude, runs through the courtyard of...

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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Great place - but a massive hill walk!

The walk up the hill to the Observatory is very steep in parts. There is an alternate route, but this takes twice the time. We only wanted to go in to see the Meridian Line. It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The walk up the hill to the Observatory is very steep in parts. There is an alternate route, but this takes twice the time. We only wanted to go in to see the Meridian Line. It was extremely busy.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We decided on a visit to Greenwich pre-Theatre on a day trip. We included the Observatory as we had heard it was a good educational trip. After a lovely walk through Greenwich park which is definately a place to visit, we traipsed up the steep hill to get the Observatory. We toured around and read the literature. there was a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved visiting the observatory and the film show about stars was fun and informative. Many of the interactive exhibits were not working which was a shame... It would really enhance the experience if they were fixed but it didn't spoil the magic of the place... So much to see, read and learn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good day out, able to park for 4 hours in the park next to the observatory. Inside good information and alot active display for children. Food in eating good and reasonable. Session in planetarium, spectacular very very clear and informative explanation. Good day out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Although I have been to Greenwich many times this is the first time in the observatory. I suppose £9.50 entrance is not expensive by London standards. I have to say I found it very interesting with the displays about time and navigation but it left my 16 year old cold, which was disappointing. The camera obscura is worth a look... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice to spend some time to see a presentation on the planetarium and the museu. Know the patern of mesures (inc, feet, etc) and the timezone line. In the middle of a huge park. A little stars or ramps to access, but worth.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here on a Sunday mid-July and it was quite hot and VERY busy. Had to wait in quite a long line to get a photo on the Meridian. There should have been more R.O. employees there to shepherd the line. Inside was very busy & it was hard to see the attactions inside because of the crowds. Still a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you wish to visit here and your not in the best of health take the car or taxi to the car park, as the hill climb will definatly tax the unhealthy. Once up to the top be prepared for lots of people. Entrance charges are quite high for what you get, you have been warned. All in all not... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A little underwhelming although my 12 year old son was well pleased he got to stand at the meridian line (likes Geography quite a lot!). Historical buildings and history of clocks exhibition was interesting but not enthralling. Best thing about the area is the view you get from the top of the hill, and it is a big hill !...but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went here by car, and got a parking place just outside. Great! Well, definately it is enough to enter the shop and the area around, yes the famous zero meridian is also marked out outside, just below. The shop is possible to entre without paying and the area around is much nicer than inside.

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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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