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Royal Observatory Greenwich

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Address: Romney Road | Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, England
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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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Where Time Began!!

Standing at the top of the hill in Greenwich Park, the observatory is a landmark building for many reasons both practically & historically. You can wander around parts of this for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Having walked up the hill we thought it would be worth a look inside. It was very expensive and although they had the technology to control entry numbers it was ridiculously overcrowded, the rooms are small with very little in, but we barely saw any of it then daughter became quite overwhelmed by the crowds in the small space (not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Standing at the top of the hill in Greenwich Park, the observatory is a landmark building for many reasons both practically & historically. You can wander around parts of this for free, to enter the observatories and see the Greenwich Mean Line, there is an entry fee (reduced at present while repair work is undertaken to the Camera Obscura and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't get me wrong i am not scrabbling for pennies but I feel like the price was a little steep (like the hill to it) for what it was worth. Having said that it is very interesting and it is lovely to learn about the history of navigation and the ancient clocks. It may not be of interest to small... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You do need to be a bit of a history, clock, or astronomy fan, but it is fascinating. The original Harrison clocks that made it possible for ships to safely plot their longitude are on display and you can participate in a very thorough guided tour. You can also stand on the 0 longitude line and be half in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If your a navigation, geography of a time-keeper buff, you'll be well rewarded. The Greenwich Meridian was established here. John Harrison original marine chronometer are here in all the artistic and engineering glory.

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If you come, you can have a quick look around, take the obligatory photo on the meridian line, and go home - or you can spend hours learning about some of the most interesting discoveries in the history of what is perhaps the oldest science. Either way, absolutely worth the trip.

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Quite pricey to get in then really not up to the standard of a lot of the free museums in the city audio tour is pretty useless

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Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to pass on your feedback. We’re sorry you felt you had a bad experience, but appreciate any opportunity to improve our offer for future visitors. Your review has been passed on to our Visitor Experience team. Best wishes More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a place I have wanted to visit for years. Finally got round to it today. Amazing views over London on what was a very windy day. Loved the photography exhibits inside and the planetarium was amazing. The story teller was very inspiring to listen to. Makes you realise how small but special we humans are.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a nice and interesting place to visit. It is quiet expensive and the whole museum is small BUT I loved it. The park around the observatory is very beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here on a lovely summer's day and arrived by boat on the Thames. The walk up the hill to the observatory was nice and you get a nice view over the Thames and Greenwich. + The museum is pleasantly laid out and the grounds are nice You can run through the museum part quite quickly, but to make the... More 

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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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