SitemapAbout usContact us

Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

Royal Observatory

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Royal Observatory.

Royal Observatory features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day London City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Stand on the "official' starting point of world time
  • Great experience for kids and adults

Time required: 60 minutes

Phone: +44 20 8858 4422

Web site: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/pla...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: 10am - 5pm
Dec 24-26: Closed

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Docklands Light Railway: Cutty Sark station

Address: Blackheath Avenue , Greenwich, SE10 8XJ

Things you need to know:

  • Royal Observatory is part of the World Heritage Site of Greenwich
  • It was founded by Charles II in 1675
  • The Observatory was built to improve navigation at sea by finding the method of determining the exact position to the east or west by astronomical means
  • The Prime Meridian, Longitude 0° runs through it
  • Every place on Earth is measured in terms of its distance east or west from this point
  • It is the official starting point for each new day and year
  • UK's largest refracting telescope is housed in the building

What to do there:

  • Have your photo taken standing on the meridian line
  • Enjoy the faboulos view over London
  • Visit the observatory housing the Astronomy center, the Planetarium, the Time galleries and the telescope Dome
  • Do not miss the planetarium shows (charges apply: £6.50)

Tips & Insights:

  • The exhibitions are interactive and very informative
  • Visit the official site for an informative map
  • Meridian line: for £1 you can print a certificate that you were there

 

Fun Activities in London

If you like this page, share it with your Friends:

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It Share to Reddit Share to Delicious Share to Digg

Royal Observatory features in these preplanned City Guides: