Royal Observatory Greenwich (London) – One Foot On East And Other On West

Nestled in Greenwich Park covering 74 hectares (183 acres) is the historically famed Royal Observatory that is uniquely nicknamed The Home of Time. Anyone visiting will be truly fascinated by the “beginning of dates” and to walk through the history of blossoming stages of science.

Situated atop, in the beautiful rolling meadows and the sweeping views from River Thames to St.Pauls Cathedral and beyond is simply breathtaking.

The Royal Observatory is the precious gem of Greenwich park where British Tudor Monarchs were born in the 15th Century, Henry the VIII in 1491 followed by his daughters Mary and Elizabeth I.

The story of the Royal Observatory began when King Charles II laid the foundation stone on the 10th of August 1675, after restoring his throne by the civil war.

This site was chosen by the famous Sir Christopher Wren who later designed the historic Flamsteed House in the Observatory.

Currently, Royal Observatory is part of Royal Museums which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Royal Museum also comprises other four counterparts such as National Maritime Museum, Cuttysark, The Queen’s House art gallery, and Peter Harrison Planetarium (within the Observatory building).

When you’re at Royal Observatory in Greenwich, the biggest highlight is to see and perhaps take a photo at the famed prime meridian, the Greenwich Mean Time(GMT). The prime meridian is the significant worldly line as it divides the Earth into its east and west hemispheres.

The Observatory also showcases various developments that have taken place through the years in the fields of astronomy. Facilities in the museum will allow you to get a visualisation of the big bang theory, to learn how the universe was born and to see the birth of new stars, the formation of nebulas as well as to learn about explorations in space. You can read and listen to the stories, and personal lives of the various astronomers who dedicated their life to science.

In addition to numerous permanent exhibitions, The Royal Observatory has various limited time events that run throughout the year.

One of the coolest things to experience is to touch a meteorite that came crashing down on earth 4.5 billion years ago in Southern Africa.

The observatory is a nice long walk from Greenwich Pier and is a fabulous place for someone who loves history, science, photos and fun.

Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park shed light on the enlightenment itself and makes you realise how small but special we humans are.

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  • The famed Royal Observatory is uniquely nicknamed as The Home of Time
  • The story of the Royal Observatory began when King Charles II laid the foundation stone on the 10th of August 1675
  • Situated atop, sweeping views from River Thames to St.Pauls Cathedral and beyond is simply breathtaking
  • The prime meridian is the significant worldly line as it divides the Earth into its east and west hemispheres
  • One of the coolest things to experience is to touch a meteorite that came crashing down on earth 4.5 billion years ago in Southern Africa
  • To put one foot in the East and the other on the West

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Observatory

Transport from Central London

Greenwich Park is well-served by all modes of transport. If you are using the bus, take bus routes 53, 54, 202 and 380. By rail get off at Greenwich or Maze Hill or Blackheath – (in order of distance) are the closest stations. You can take riverboats to Greenwich Pier. If using DLR, get off at Cuttysark DLR.

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Car Park 

Greenwich Park is an enclosed park opens at 7:00 am to vehicles, but is restricted to through traffic from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every day.

The park is closed to through traffic at weekends and bank holidays.

There are spaces available at Maritime Museum. Although it is a paid parking, it can be limited, but there are plenty of paid off-street parking available.

Coach Parking is free near the Observatory.

Accessible parking needs to be pre-booked.

Address

Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park, Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ, UK

 

Phone no.

+44 (0)20 8312 6565(Recorded info. Line), For bookings +44 (0)20 8312 6608

 

Website

http://www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory

 

Opening Times

Royal Observatory is situated in Greenwich Park which is one of the oldest parks in London. The Park is open from 6:00 am for pedestrians and 7:00 am for all other traffic throughout the year and closes between to 6 pm to 9.30pm according to the start and end of British summer time.  

Royal Observatory opening times are from 10.00am – 5 pm. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

Closed from 24th – 26th Dec.

 

Admission 

Royal Observatory Greenwich tickets are free for the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Centre which houses three state-of-the-art modern astronomy galleries.

For all others like Peter Harrison Planetarium, Meridian Observatory, Octagon Room, Time and Greenwich, Time and Longitude and Camera Obscura has an entry fee.

If you are a paid member of Royal Museum, then entrance is free for all year around. Download visitor map for Royal Observatory Greenwich

Age group: This attraction has a rich history to learn for all the ages at the same time enjoy in the lush gardens.

 Activities: You can either explore the park, enjoy the views, take a photo at the GMT or explore the Royal Observatory’s galleries, exhibitions, planetarium shows and take part in courses or events.

Visit Duration 

Attraction takes 3-4hours, and there is a high possibility that you might have to wait a while to put one foot in the east and the other on the west as it can only be done one person at a time and then comes photography at all angles possible.

 

Best time to Visit 

All year round is good as most activities are indoor, except the photography on the GMT, which you don’t want to do it in an inclement weather.

 

Food & Drinks

There are two café located near the lower ground floor Astronomy Café and Gagarin Terrace. They serve a hot/cold drink, soups and snacks or bring your food and have a picnic.

 

Services & Retail

Toilets and baby changing facilities are located near Flamsteed House and on the lower ground floor near the ticket desk.

Astronomy shop is located near the lower ground floor, and the Meridian shop is near the main entrance.

Nearby sites

Nearby attractions are National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House art gallery, Cutty-sark, Greenwich market, river-cruise and others.

 

Things to note and safety tips   

    • Don’t wait until 4.30 to enter, if the queue at the Meridian is longer; you won’t be able to do that part of the activity as they close at 5pm.
    • There is always some program happening at the Observatory, if you are interested in participating, check for free/paid events, shows, courses, competition and exhibition before setting off to the Observatory.
    • Visitor guides are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian & Chinese.
    • There are combo rates and group discounts are available.
    • Plenty of seating available just outside the Observatory for an ideal family time out.
    • Although wheelchairs can be borrowed at the Observatory, booking needs to be pre-arranged from the car park to the planetarium as the numbers can be very limited.

     

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