Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Sai
    Bengaluru, India15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Royal Observatory is on a hill. It has a beautiful view and has the 0degree longitudinal line.
    The Royal Observatory is located on a hill. It is a very nice place. It costs 18pounds for an adult and 9pounds for a child(5-15years)(Under 4-Free) to enter the Royal Observatory. The Royal Observatory has a museum and the zero degree longitudinal line. It is easy to go there from Maritime Museum to Old Royal Naval College as there is a path surrounded with greenery. There is also a board showing the lengths of one foot, two feet, three inches, one yard and more other types of measurements.
    Hi User (or Maps40871465856 if that's the name you prefer to go by.) Thank you for posting this review. Not many people talk about the boards for measurements and it is one of the many parts of our collection that make the site special.
    Written 4 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 June 2023
  • violet339
    London, United Kingdom407 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would personally give it a miss
    I understand the Observatory's significance but, for me personally, it's not a must-see attraction. I had family visiting who wanted to go so go I did but I have to say I found it pretty boring really. I thought the camera obscura was cool and of course the meridian line, although I've crossed that before in the tunnel. But it was hot and stuffy in the museum rooms and I didn't find the exhibits very engaging. The best part for me was the walk up and the views from the top... I do like Greenwich Park and the surrounding area. The ticket included the Cutty Sark which is well worth a look around, especially if you have kids in the group who will surely enjoy it.
    Hi Violet I'm really glad you enjoyed your trip to the Cutty Sark and that your parents enjoyed the trip here. Royal Museums Greenwich has something for everyone and the historical significance of one thing may not appeal to someone as much as another. To help with this We offer Day Pass tickets that combine the Observatory and the Cutty Sark and cut 25% off the admissions price.
    Written 4 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Alex570
    Tallinn, Estonia69 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Questionable value
    Greenwich itself is a large and beautiful place - there is a large park, a museum, the Cutty Sark ship and an observatory. The last of these is the least interesting; it might be a good idea to go in rainy weather; but otherwise not. Nothing much to see. At the same time, the planetarium show is quite interesting and a good way to rest your legs. Most tourists take pictures of themselves at the zero meridian.
    Hi Alex Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. There is an incredible amount to do in Greenwich, that is indeed true. I'm very glad you enjoyed your trip to the Cutty Sark at least. The National Maritime Museum, Queens House, Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory are all part of Royal Museums Greenwich. On the Royal Museums Greenwich website you can find our range of offers that improve the value of your tickets to our sites. The Royal Observatory is a major part of British History and our role in Navigation at Sea (Which was vital for ships such as the Cutty Sark), Time keeping, and the legacy of King Charles ii and Sir Christopher Ren. The Prime Meridian Line is also a point (Or line...) of global significance. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world visit us every year to learn more about our stories and to stand where the East and West hemispheres begin. While the soothing sounds and voices within the Planetarium may tempt many with the opportunity for a nap. Our shows are so much more than just relaxing. With actual Astronomers taking you on journeys through space, we help introduce people to the vastness and complexities of our solar system and the universe. For anyone interested in the science and history of our world and beyond, the Royal Observatory and London's only Planetarium are a must.
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Łukasz K
    Wetzlar, Germany62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Online guidance only
    Already been multiple times in London, never been in Greenwich though. Ticket was quite expensive -18£. Taking into consideration that it was not guided with human, but only with online video - make sure you have sufficient internet data, and also to take your own headphones. Other than that - it is definitely place worth visiting!
    Hi stripocean I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. We have talks about the site everyday that can be joined and are looking at other tour options for the future. The wonderful thing about our Smartify tour is that the app can be listened to anywhere and are much more sanitary than physical audio guides. They are also available for each of the sites within Royal Museums Greenwich and so much more.
    Written 26 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 September 2023
  • ndw78
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom2,721 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see for its history & Amazing views of the city as well
    This is the place where all time starts. Stand on the GMT line and see what the time difference is for all around the world. Go through the museum and find out it’s past and how it was all discovered and used. First time I’ve been to this area and much history to see as well as amazing views of the city. Free for key workers via blue light too
    Hi ndw78 Thank you for such a positive review, we are very glad you enjoyed your visit. The Royal Observatory is part of Royal Museums Greenwich, Also within the area is the National Maritime Museum, Queens House and Cutty Sark ship. There are plenty of reasons to come on back when you get the chance.
    Written 26 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Richard S
    Angmering, United Kingdom761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking in history
    Literary walking where the world sets its time from. The obsevratory is steeped in amazing history and the views across london arespectacular. This was an amazing place to visit to learn how the world sets its time from the UK.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2024
  • Veronika C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really amazing time, would definitely recommend!
    We visited the planetarium and saw 6 shows over 2 days during the 100 year anniversary celebration. We saw the shows: Uranus a planetary catastrophe, Ted's Space Nightmare, Cosmic Meditation, We're All in the Dark, The Sky Tonight Down Under and The Gravitational Universe. We thought these were absolutely brilliantly presented and it was so much fun to listen to for anyone of any ability. All the staff were particularly lovely, and they even managed to squeeze us into a show without a booking due to some seats being free last minute! We have already seen all the regular shows at the planetarium so seeing these unique one-off shows was amazing too and so interesting. Hopefully the planetarium present more of these one-off shows as the themes/topics were very engaging and fascinating and I would love to see a broader range of topics too! The facilities were all really clean and tidy, and the planetarium seats very comfortable. I will absolutely be returning here and would recommend the planetarium to everyone! (PS to the planetarium please do more one-off shows like about Jupiter or Saturn or black holes! )
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 May 2024
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Peter F
Orpington, UK64 contributions
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We got the Day Pass for the Observatory and Cutty Sark. Alone, the £20 price per person wouldn't be justified (Blue Light Card holder is free!), but together as a package for a day out in Greenwich, it's acceptable. The Observatory has a lot of information and more to see, and is in general more informative.
Written 23 May 2024
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Rhinog F
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What a shame. £20 spent on a museum that is mostly closed down and outdated. No longer able to visit “Time for the Navy”, the Altazimuth Pavilion or the Weller Astronomy Galleries. Even Yuri Gagarin has left the building. The staff are friendly but apologetic and at times blunt bordering on rude. The whole site relies on the arbitrary meridian and the wonderful Harrison Sea Chronometers and even of these H4 is missing without explanation. Most of the other clocks no longer function although the staff claim they will but are not maintained and wound by a horological specialist. The shame is this was once a wonderful example of the best of British maritime history, time keeping and global time discovery and distribution. It seems it’s now just a cash cow and a very disappointing one at that!
Written 22 May 2024
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Leo P
Zagreb, Croatia972 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
2 hours of history of the astronomy science, history of time measuring. Exceptional experience. Interesting journey through time.
Written 20 May 2024
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Lap S
Australia24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Ok but grossly overpriced. You really only pay to see the Meridien line. Unfortunately they don't allow it to project past the paying area to the masses of people milling outside the fence who don't (or cannot) pay the costly entrance fee.
Containing such a famous 'line' is childish money making.
As you get closer to the entrance the path is packed
Written 20 May 2024
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Travel-Cruise-Review
Cumbria, UK344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited this on a lovely sunny day and it was quite a walk up to the Observatory but the park and surrounding area was beautiful. The tour started with a talk in the courtyard and this was really interesting and I would say a must so you know what it’s all about. How GMT works . Then we had a tour of the house which was quaint, the clock room and the telescope. Really interesting reading the history and then standing either side of the meridian line so one foot East one foot south (well it’s a great pic opportunity)
We had a drink in the cafe and walked back through the park and into Greenwich town
Written 16 May 2024
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Veronika C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We visited the planetarium and saw 6 shows over 2 days during the 100 year anniversary celebration. We saw the shows: Uranus a planetary catastrophe, Ted's Space Nightmare, Cosmic Meditation, We're All in the Dark, The Sky Tonight Down Under and The Gravitational Universe. We thought these were absolutely brilliantly presented and it was so much fun to listen to for anyone of any ability. All the staff were particularly lovely, and they even managed to squeeze us into a show without a booking due to some seats being free last minute! We have already seen all the regular shows at the planetarium so seeing these unique one-off shows was amazing too and so interesting. Hopefully the planetarium present more of these one-off shows as the themes/topics were very engaging and fascinating and I would love to see a broader range of topics too! The facilities were all really clean and tidy, and the planetarium seats very comfortable. I will absolutely be returning here and would recommend the planetarium to everyone!
(PS to the planetarium please do more one-off shows like about Jupiter or Saturn or black holes! )
Written 6 May 2024
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iamface
Aberdeen, UK1,716 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Long for going to Greenwich observatory and then just got chance to visit and luckily on sunny day that could have very good view from the hill top. And inside the observatory also has so many watches and telescope esp for bigger one that so impressive.
Written 23 April 2024
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Richard S
Angmering, UK761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Literary walking where the world sets its time from. The obsevratory is steeped in amazing history and the views across london arespectacular. This was an amazing place to visit to learn how the world sets its time from the UK.
Written 6 April 2024
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Katie B
101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Firstly, it's a lonnnng walk up a very steep hill- not accessible for those with mobility challenges. But...once you get there its a lovely site with amazing views over London. Lots of interesting historical bits and bobs to look at, a shame there isn't much to interact with though. Friendly and helpful staff, and a lovely little gift shop.
Written 5 April 2024
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Pearl D
Bursledon, England, United Kingdom25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Not great , The signage and tour guides are very poor , Its quite a long walk up hill to the Observatory The route is blocked by works in the park . There are no refreshments available even the ice cream hut is shut . we wandered into the shop looking for some sort of sustenance ,when we tried to go back into the museum a member of staff became confrontational about our route of entry . I can only assume he has power issues , suggest he takes training .
Written 30 March 2024
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