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
About
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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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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Andrew G
Penicuik, UK652 contributions
Dec 2021
We really just wanted to see the Meridian Line, but enjoyed the whole visit. Didn't pre-book, but walk-up tickets were available. Some areas of the museum appeared closed, and the cafe certainly was. We found a tearoom nearby. We visited 7 December 2021.
Written January 9, 2022
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David H
1 contribution
Dec 2021
This is a unique museum, and I want to support it, having come many times since I was a child (when it was free and actually offered much more to see of scientific interest). However, with more than half of the museum closed for refurbishment, the entrance fee cannot be justified. Not only that, but the price quoted on the website when I booked the tickets did not include VAT, which was only later added on when I received the bill. This is the kind of subterfuge I would expect of some dodgy online travel agent, not a national museum! So I won't be coming back - my memories of it are so much better, and still free.
Written January 3, 2022
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Kathryn R
132 contributions
Dec 2021
Enjoyable day at the observatory. It is quite a steep climb to get to the top of the hill, but well worth it for the views. It was quite busy but we only had to wait for entry into one part, and that wasn't long. good photo opportunities of London.
Written December 30, 2021
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Shakir J
Burnaby, Canada2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Stop charging when half your museum is closed. At least make it clear before we purchase tickets. They are charging money just to see the prime meridian line.
Written December 23, 2021
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Peter J
Stockport, UK206 contributions
Nov 2021
On a recent stay in Greenwich we combined a visit to the Cutty Sark with the Royal Observatory. Despite already having tickets we still had to queue at the ticket office as there was no else to check tickets and once inside we found one of the main room not in use on that day. On the whole we felt that there wee some great views from up here but there wasn't enough to do to make this a stand alone attraction.
Written November 26, 2021
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Lynne C
Newmarket, UK148 contributions
Aug 2021
Prepare for loads of people to be around if the day is pretty. We visited the Cutty Sark, then the Observatory. (quite a walk uphill!) Gorgeous views out to London city center. Enjoyed the Observatory, and standing on the Prime Meridian was really cool. We walked the grounds and meandered about. Found a pub that had open tables, so be sure to scout out where and when you will want to eat.
Written November 25, 2021
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Ardit
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Family
I would not recommend paid £8.50, my family spent 10 mins tops because there wasn't much to see or do. It's very small it's not worth money.
Written November 21, 2021
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Francie R
Merseyside, UK91 contributions
Oct 2021
Due to covid restriction, only a small part is available and this is mainly the yard with the meridian line, the room facing it and a big one upstairs full of clocks behind glass.... but the price stays the same! I think I spend around 10 minutes in there, really disappointed for wasting so much money. Nothing to do or see, especially for kids or people with disability as everything is out of the way
Written November 13, 2021
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johnivory
Bishops Stortford, UK19 contributions
Excellent exhibition and some very knowledgeable staff on hand to enhance the visit, especially Chris who imparted some stories about the site and the local area.
Written November 7, 2021
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK4,110 contributions
Jul 2021
We did this as a duo ticket with Cutty Sark and it is really very interesting and a lot to see. It is the birthplace of Greenwich meantime. You can stand on the meridian line here. If you go here around 1pm then make sure you are outside to watch the ball rise and then fall at precisely 1pm. This is so ships know when it was exactly 1pm which could be seen from the River Thames. Definately well worth the climb up to the top of the hill to go around and get some lovely views over London too.
Written October 19, 2021
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