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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