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“East meets West”

Royal Observatory Greenwich
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Loved the the exhibits in the observatory explaining the Prime Meridien. Loved finally straddling the two hemispheres. The science films and exhibits were very interesting...enjoyed them.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Two main draws for me to the Royal Observatory were the Prime Meridian and the view of London from atop the hill. Straddling the line between the eastern and western hemisphere is kind of neat. Looking at the exhibits and reading the history of how the Prime Meridian came to be is very interesting. It's part of the history lesson that I didn't pay attention to when in school. Seems more exciting now. The look back towards London is really something. There are some great pictures to be had from that vantage point. Be aware that the climb of the hill to the observatory is quite challenging.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great historical site with the Prime Meridian, nestled in a lovely park.

We arrived near 4:30 and we were told when we bought our tickets that they stop selling tickets at 4:30 and it closes at 5. We were only inside for 5 minutes when a security guard told us they were closed and we had to leave. I protested, but he said that everything closed at 4:30, so we had to leave by the side gate. I tried to get to the gift shop, where our other family members shopped while we went inside, but we were forced out the side gate. I texted my wife, at 4:40 who said that they still had 20 minutes to shop, according to the gift shop staff. We waited outside, rather annoyed by the misinformation and inconsistency in the application of their policies.

My advice is not to enter within one hour of closing, because you may be ejected in the last half hour.

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

I visit Greenwich by starting from the east side of the river and going through the foot tunnel, I then start off by visiting Greenwich Market on the way to the park.

The walk to the top of the park can be hard for elderly people, but once you get there WoW worth the trek.

Fantastic views of the city of London and Canary Wharf

The Observatory now charges an entry fee, pre Olympics it used to be free, the main reason people go in is to have a photo taken standing either side of the Meridian Line so being in East and West at the same time.

Just below the Observatory to the right of the big clock on the wall is an iron gate go through this and the Meridian Line is also here so you can get your picture for free!

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

The Observatory itself was an early work of Wren. Standing on the Prime Meridian was pretty cool. The walk up the hill to the observatory is a good workout, but you can also drive up or take the bus. Take the cruise on the Thames to reach Greenwich. The park is lovely place to picnic and the view of the City is spectacular.

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