Royal Museums Greenwich is home to National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Queen’s House art gallery, Cutty Sark,  All are within UNESCO World Heritage Site

Royal Museums Greenwich is the seventh-most visited museum in the UK by visitor count (2,451,023 Year 2016). It is an organisation comprising four existing museums in Greenwich, London.

National Maritime Museum– focuses on Britain’s seafaring past
Queen’s House- Art gallery
Royal Observatory, Greenwich– Charting GMT for world time standard
Cutty Sark– the iconic sailing ship

Royal Museums Greenwich also manages Peter Harrison Planetarium

All attractions are located within easy walking distance of each other within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. it is a great place for a day out with the family. Make your visit to these beautiful attractions more memorable.

Royal Museums Greenwich Opening hours admission

Opening Times: 10am-5pm daily (all museums)
Address: Greenwich  easy walking distance of each other.
Admission: Free-  most attractions
Find the individual opening times address tickets price below. 

Royal Museums Greenwich Exhibitions Events

Royal Museums Greenwich manages four attractions including Peter Harrison Planetarium. There are so many exhibitions or events run whole year. Please find the present and upcoming events for all managed sites.

Royal Museums Greenwich Cafes

There are 4 cafes across 3 historic sites. Children’s lunchboxes are always available.

Royal museums are easy to reach by Tube, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and Overground train. There is also a riverboat service of MBNA Thames Clippers.

National Maritime Museum- focuses on Britain’s seafaring past

National Maritime Museum shows the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people. It (NMM) was formally established by Act of Parliament in 1934 and opened to the public by King George VI on 27 April 1937.

National Maritime Museum Collections:

It has plenty kid-friendly interactive exhibits. It includes John Harrison’s prize-winning longitude marine chronometer, the H4, and its three predecessors. John Harrison was a Yorkshire Carpenter but he made a history to develop navigation system. A giant atlas is installed at the centre of the National Maritime Museum. It is called Great Map. You can explore the world and play interactive games. Enjoy whatever your age is. Its free for all.

It has huge collections such as on Architectural models, Astronomical and navigational instrumentsCharts and mapsCoins and medalsDecorative ArtFigureheadsFine art, FlagsHistoric PhotographsAntiquitiesOceanographyPolar Equipment and Relics, SculptureShip BadgesShip PlansShip equipmentShip modelsTextilesTimekeepingUniformsWeapons etc

Find the National Maritime Museum collection online

National Maritime Museum admission opening hours Address 

Admission: Free
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm daily
Address: Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Telephone and Email: 020 8312 6608 Email: [email protected]
Recorded information line: Information about what’s on, travel tips, opening times and more: +44 (0)20 8312 6565

National Maritime Museum Exhibitions Cafes

There are always exhibitions held here. Visit the related website page for present and upcoming exhibitions and events.

Great Map Cafe is located just beside Great Map. Another two cafes are Parkside Café and Parkside Terrace. There is also a shop inside where you can buy gift items books etc.

Visit the website for more information.

Queens House- 400 years of art, architecture and Royal history.

Queens House is the Italian Renaissance-style mansion marked a departure from Tudor architecture.  It houses a collection of great artworks, including paintings by William Hodges, George Stubbs, Hans Holbein, William Hogarth and Thomas Gainsborough. There’s also a large collection of work by Dutch maritime artists the Van de Veldes.

Queen House main attractions to see

1. Discover the royal history through paintings of famous Tudor and Stuart kings and queens
2. Climb the sweeping Tulip Stairs. This is the first geometric self-supporting spiral stair in Britain
3. See over 450 works of art by great British and European artists for over 400 years. It includes the iconic Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
4. See Turner Prize-winner Richard Wright’s beautiful gold leaf ceiling design in the Great Hall
5. Ghostly sightings– It was first rumoured that the Queen’s House was haunted in the 1960s. A photograph taken by a tourist appeared to show one or more ghosts on the Tulip stairs

Queens House History

King James I gave the Greenwich Palace and Park at Greenwich to his queen, Anne of Denmark in 1614. Famous architect Inigo Jones was assigned to build a villa in Palladian style on the site of the gatehouse that connected Greenwich Palace to the park on the other side of the Deptford to Woolwich public road. Anne died in 1619 but the work was later looked after and completed by her daughter-in-law Henrietta Maria (queen to King Charles I).

In 1689 the house became the residence of the Ranger of Greenwich Park. In 1806 it was sold to provide accommodation for the Royal Naval Asylum, a school for the sons and daughters of seamen. After 1933 the buildings were taken over by the new National Maritime Museum, and three queens attended its opening by George VI in 1937: Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and the future Queen Elizabeth II.

Queens House admission opening hours Address

Admission: Free
Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm daily
Address: Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Telephone and Email: 020 8312 6608 Email: [email protected]

Visit the website for more information. See other Royal attractions

What you expect to see in Queen’s House

Royal Observatory – Charting Greenwich Mean Time GMT for world time standard

Royal Observatory is the location of the prime meridian. This is famous for charting Greenwich Mean Time. It is situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames. It’s one of the popular London Landmarks.

Royal Observatory main attractions to see

1. Stand on the Prime Meridian Line. It means that you have one foot in the eastern hemisphere and the other in the western one. Since 1884, Greenwich has been where zero degrees longitude is marked
2. See the Greenwich time ball atop Flamsteed House. It was first used in 1833. It allows ships’ captains to accurately set their chronometers before they set sail. The ball continues to drop at 13.00 daily, to this day.
3. See the famous Onion Dome and Great Equatorial Telescope inside. The 28-inch telescope is the largest of its kind in the UK and the seventh largest in the world
4. You can see timepieces designed by Harrison at the Royal Observatory. John Harrison, a clockmaker from Yorkshire, finally solved the problem of how to measure longitude in the 1760s with the invention of the ‘H4’ seawatch.
5. View from the Royal Observatory is one of the best in London. You can see historic architecture of Greenwich, the Thames, the City and beyond.
6. Book to watch the night sky through the Great Equatorial Telescope
7. Also visit the Peter Harrison Planetarium. Do not miss to see other Royal Museums attractions Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House

Royal Observatory History

The observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II. Sir Jonas Moore, Surveyor General at the Ordnance Office persuaded King Charles II to the creation of the observatory for developing better naval navigation systems for sea traders and explorers. Sir Christopher Wren, designed probably with the assistance of Robert Hooke. It was the first purpose-built scientific research facility in Britain. King made John Flamsteed as its first director.

First International Terrorist incident in UK: The Observatory underwent an attempted bombing on 15 Feb 1894. This was possibly the first “international terrorist” incident in Britain. The bomb was accidentally detonated while being held by 26-year-old French anarchist Martial Bourdin in Greenwich Park, near the Observatory building.

Royal Observatory shops and Cafe

There is a shop at the Royal Observatory by the entrance to the Meridian Courtyard. Buy clocks and watches as well as gifts. Space and astronomy fans buy telescopes, stargazing guides and plenty of games and toys for little astronauts.

Astronomy Cafe and Gagarin Terrace is located in the Astronomy Centre at the Royal Observatory. It is open to all. They serve hot and cold drinks, soups and fresh seasonal salads etc

Royal Observatory admission opening hours Address 

Admission: Free
Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm daily
Address: Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ (situated on a hill in Greenwich Park)
Telephone and Email: 020 8312 6608 Email: [email protected]
Nearest Tube: Cutty Sark (Docklands Light Railway) then use Bus

For Royal Observatory Exhibitions or Events, please visit the present and upcoming events page.

Visit the website for more information. Also see other top attractions in London

Cutty Sark– the iconic sailing ship

Cutty Sark is an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich. It received Certificate of Excellence award. It was the world’s only surviving tea clipper ship built in 1869 in Scotland. It was the fastest cargo ship at that time carrying tea back from China. Cutty Sark visited nearly every major port in the world. It gained fame for her record-breaking passages.

Cutty Sark main attractions to see

1. See the iconic award winning world’s only surviving tea clipper ship
2. Action-packed fun day out on one of the world’s most famous ships. So many things to enjoy
3. Take the helm at the ship’s wheel, climb into the crew’s bunk beds and meet her famous figurehead Nannie the Witch.
4. Discover what life was like on board. .
5. Touch different samples of the ship’s cargo in the interactive exhibits and hear stories from the cast of colourful character actors from Cutty Sark’s past
6. 90% of the hull is original, despite the devastating fire in 2007.
7. Cutty Sark sailed with two bells – a larger bell (the raised deck at the bow) and a smaller bell on the poop deck at the rear. Bells were rung to mark the four-hour watches that divided the day of the Cutty Sark crew. They were also used to sound the alarm for heavy weather, or there was a man overboard. There are still two bells to see here at Cutty Sark.

Cutty Sark opening hours admission tickets address

Opening times: 10am – 5pm including Bank Holidays
Admission tickets and prices: Adult £13.50, Child £7.00. Buy online and save 15%
Address: King William Walk, Greenwich, London, SE10 9HT
Nearest Tube: Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark Shop Cafe

Discover the shop at Cutty Sark as you enter and exit the ship. Don’t leave without picking up a carton of Cutty Sark tea to enjoy at home. The Cutty Sark Café is located directly beneath the gleaming copper hull. They serve deli combination sandwiches, cakes, snacks, children’s dishes etc. Make your visit more memorable by taking Afternoon Tea.

Cutty Sark Events Exhibitions

Family fun events run throughout the year.  Studio Theatre has a programme of music, comedy and drama. Visit the related web page for present and upcoming exhibitions and events

You can visit the website for more and updated information. Do not miss to see other Royal Museums Greenwich attractions like National Maritime Museum, Queens House, Royal Observatory. You can also visit other London’s top attractions

Peter Harrison Greenwich Planetarium

Peter Harrison Greenwich Planetarium is a 120-seat digital laser planetarium. It is situated in Greenwich Park opened May 2007. The planetarium uses Digistar 3 software with blue, red and green lasers and grating light valve (GLV) technology to create a 4,000 pixel strip.

Visit the planetarium to take a tour of the Universe from the comfort of your seat at London’s only planetarium. You experience the wonders of the night sky with commentary from real astronomers. Visit the Sun, distant galaxies, see the birth of a star or land on Mars.

Greenwich Planetarium opening hours admission tickets address

Opening times: 10am – 5pm including Bank Holidays
Admission tickets and prices: Adult £8.00, Child £5.50. Early booking recommended.
Address: Royal Observatory, Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ
Nearest Tube: Cutty Sark

Visit the planetarium page to know the schedule of its show and show details.

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