The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

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The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Visit the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and stand astride the world-famous Meridian Line and enjoy dramatic views of London across Greenwich Royal Park, the City of London and the River Thames.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich

The Royal Observatory is the historic home of British astronomy, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the world-famous Meridian Line. Established in the 17th century and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it was from here that the great scientists of the time precisely mapped the stars to help navigate at sea.

Stand aside the Meridian Line with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one in the west. The Greenwich Meridian was chosen to be the Prime Meridian of the World back in 1884 and is world famous ever since. Walk in the footsteps of the Astronomers Royal, discover their stories, and experience the past, present and future wonders of astronomy, space and the stars.

Must see attractions include the Great Equatorial Telescope, Harrison's clocks, the Shepherd Gate Clock, the Time Ball and the famous Octagon Room.

Enjoy dramatic views of London across Greenwich Royal Park, the City of London and the River Thames. Located alongside the Observatory is the Peter Harrison Planetarium where you can touch a 4.5 billion year-old meteorite, watch how the universe was formed, guide a space mission and unravel the mysteries of the cosmos.

Evan Evans Tours

Tickets are booked through Evan Evans Tours.

The Royal Observatory Opening Hours:

Daily: 10.00am - 5.00pm (last admission: 4.30pm)
Closed: 24-26 December

The Royal Observatory operates seasonal opening times and closures may apply at times: please check before your visit.

Children aged 4 and below are free.

Disabled Access: Most areas of the Observatory are fully accessible. However, the older buildings have restricted access: the Flamsteed House apartments are not recommended for wheelchair users and the Octagon Room is only accessible via stairs, as is the Great Equatorial Telescope.

An audio guide is included with your admission ticket. Languages available include English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Chinese.

Please note, you will require a printed copy of your ticket. Please take your ticket to the admission desk to enter the attraction.

Evan Evans E-tickets are valid on your nominated date, or on any other date during normal opening hours, for up to 30 days afterward. All dates are subject to availability and the supplier reserves the right to alter its opening times/service at short notice. Tickets can only be used for one visit and will be taken in by the supplier upon exchange.

Non-refundable once booked.

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Good destination to go for an afternoon. Really enjoyed it.


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