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. Take a tour of the Universe by visiting  Peter Harrison Greenwich Planetarium at the same premises.

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 ticket price, opening hours

Admission Tickets: Adult (16+)- £10.00, Child (5-15)- £6.50 Concession (60+ and students with valid ID)- £9.00, Under 5s free. Require tickets for special exhibitions and tour with an expert. If you buy online, you will get 10% off
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm daily including Bank Holidays. Last admission: 4.30pm. Close 24–26 December

Address, Car Parking and Nearest Tube to Royal Observatory

Address: Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ (situated on a hill in Greenwich Park). See its location in Google Map
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
Nearest Tube, Train, DLR, Bus: Greenwich DLR/rail (20 minute walk via King William Walk), Cutty Sark DLR (15 minute walk via King William Walk), Maze Hill rail station (15 minute walk via Park Vista), Blackheath rail station (20 minute walk across the heath). Bus- Bus Numbers 53, 54, 202, 380. Please visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London to see how to get here.
Car parking: No free parking except blue badge holders. Pre-book is needed. There are off-street pay-and-display car parks in Greenwich Park run by the Royal Parks. The Royal Borough of Greenwich operates car parks nearby in Park Row and Burney Street. There is a secure public car park at the National Maritime Museum with payment (Opening hours: 08.00–19.00 on weekends and bank holidays.)

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

Visit the website for more and update information.

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: Admission ticket price, opening hours

Admission Tickets: Adult (16+)- £8.00, Child (5-15)- £5.00. Early booking recommended.
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm daily including Bank Holidays. Last admission: 4.30pm. Close 24–26 December

Address Car Parking and Nearest Tube to Greenwich Planetarium

Address: Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ (situated on a hill in Greenwich Park). See its location in Google Map
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
Nearest Tube, Train, DLR, Bus: Greenwich DLR/rail (20 minute walk via King William Walk), Cutty Sark DLR (15 minute walk via King William Walk), Maze Hill rail station (15 minute walk via Park Vista), Blackheath rail station (20 minute walk across the heath). Bus- Bus Numbers 53, 54, 202, 380. Please visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London to see how to get here.
Car parking: No free parking except blue badge holders. Pre-book is needed. There are off-street pay-and-display car parks in Greenwich Park run by the Royal Parks. The Royal Borough of Greenwich operates car parks nearby in Park Row and Burney Street. There is a secure public car park at the National Maritime Museum with payment (Opening hours: 08.00–19.00 on weekends and bank holidays.)

Visit the planetarium page to know the schedule of Planetarium current shows and show details.

Do not miss to see other Royal Museums Greenwich attractions like National Maritime Museum, Queens House, Cutty Sark. You can also visit London’s top attractions

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