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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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Well worth the climb

We had a beautiful walk in the park, the climb up to the Royal Observatory is steep, but has to be one of the best views of London with Canary Wharf in front of you. Enjoyed the... read more

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Went here a couple of times in the last month I love greenwhich there is everything here for the perfect day out

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Perth, Australia
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Lots to see. A terrific park to walk around also , pretty expensive entry. Many school groups there (probably over 100 students maybe more so be warned) Very well done and a credit to England to preserve

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If you're into Navigation and Astronomy and the history about it. This is the right place for you. Don't forget to bring a blanket with you. You'll see when you get there :)

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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We had a beautiful walk in the park, the climb up to the Royal Observatory is steep, but has to be one of the best views of London with Canary Wharf in front of you. Enjoyed the Observatory how they lived and worked in the early days, and operated navigational time pieces, plus the early days of astronomy. Enjoyable to... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the royal observatory on the Tuesday after the Easter weekend with my husband a children. Enjoyed the amazing view from the hill from next to the royal observatory first after the steep climb up the hill. We enjoyed our visit to the observatory - there was so much information to take in but the audio guides were very helpful... More 

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Last entry was 1620, shuts at 1700. I was a bit upset, why close so early on easter holiday. Never made it inside. Worth a visit...even without a tour inside. There is the Meridian line on the outside wall free to see. You can see all the important bits through the gate. Spectacular views of London, well worth the hike... More 

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Most people visit the Royal Observatory you straddle the meridian line with one foot in the Western hemisphere, the other in the Eastern. If you are a sailor or pilot, however, the real gems of this museum are the collection of early navigation instruments, including the collection of Harrington chronographs. Fascinating to see the development of these navigational aids! Well... More 

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My main reason to visiting the observatory was to stand on the meridian, however the entire exhibit is wonderful. The easy to understand what actually occurred there presentation is very interesting. The added bonus is the lovely location, bring a picnic!

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The Greenwich planetarium was fun. We saw Solar Storms which was 30 Mon and was great! The hill leading up to the lube and planetarium is really steep but they have another way to for those who use wheel chairs. We paid to see the line. It was cool, but my kids were bored. It is crazy busy so trying... More 

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We arrived just as the time ball was going up. Wondered what everyone was staring at, so we stared...and then had it explained inside! We found the museum fascinating- so much information about the history of time telling and navigation. We loved looking at the different machines from the past. So many facts to pick up on - I never... 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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