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Royal Observatory Greenwich

Type:Museum

Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London, SE10 8XJ

Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6608

Royal Observatory Greenwich

About

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is the historic home of British astronomy, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the world-famous Meridian Line.

Stand astride the world-famous Meridian Line and enjoy dramatic views of London across Greenwich Royal Park and the River Thames – a must on any visit to the capital.

Established in the 17th century, it was from here that the great scientists of the time precisely mapped the stars to help navigate at sea. Centuries later, the Royal Observatory continues to be closely associated with global time zones, universal time and longitude. Walk in the footsteps of the Astronomers Royal, discover their stories, and experience the past, present and future wonders of astronomy, space and the stars.

Flamsteed House, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, is across the cobbled courtyard from the Greenwich Great Equatorial Telescope – the largest of its kind in Britain, dating from 1893. A fascinating collection of pioneering inventions are yours to discover, including the Harrison clocks which were built to establish longitude at sea between 1728 and 1759 and are kept in full working order to this day. Audio guides are  available in English,  French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Mandarin.

Alongside the Observatory are the Peter Harrison Planetarium and modern Astronomy Centre where you touch a 4.5 billion year-old meteorite .The astronomy centre is free to visit where there are many exhibitions including the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Don’t miss the opportunity to travel through space at one of our cinematic planetarium shows. There are daily planetarium shows available and tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day.

A short, tree-lined walk through Greenwich Park connects the Royal Observatory with the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark.

Ticket Name Adult 16+ Conc. Child 5-15 Under 5s Family 1A+2C Family 2A+2C
Royal Observatory Greenwich £9.50 £7.50 £5.00 Free £15.50 £22.00
Planetarium Show £7.50 £6.50 £5.50 £5.50 £15.50 £20.00
Astro Ticket* £12.50 £9.50 £6.50 £5.50 £18.50 £27.50
Combo Ticket** £16.80 £13.95 £7.70 Free £25.20 £39.00

*Astro ticket includes admission to the Royal Observatory and a Planetarium show.
Under 5s
** Combo ticket includes admission to the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark.
Concession tickets are available for seniors (60+) and students.

Guide Prices

Combo ticket includes admission to the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark.
Concession tickets are available for seniors (60+) and students.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs welcome

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • Chinese audio guide
  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide
  • Italian audio guide
  • Russian audio guide
  • Spanish audio guide

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Royal Observatory ‘Astronomy Café’ and also other catering options are available in Greenwich Park
  • Picnic Site - Greenwich Park is a beautiful place for fine-weather picnics. There are also picnic spaces at the National Maritime Museum

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages - Available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish
  • Conference facilities - Spaces are available to hire visit rmg.co.uk/hire
  • Event Venue - Various spaces are available to hire – visit rmg.co.uk/hire for more details
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - Visitor Maps are available in English, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Russian and Spanish
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Limited pay and display parking on Blackheath Avenue
  • Parking (charge) - Pay and display car parks in Greenwich Park (maximum stay 4 hrs)

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Approx length of visit - 3 hours
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Booking essential
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 9
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates - For groups of 9 or more
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Chinese printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Russian printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre - Set in the heart of historic, maritime Greenwich
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction - Set within beautiful Greenwich Park – some elements of the attraction are outdoors e.g. Prime Meridian Line

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

TripAdvisor

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North: leave M25 at junction 27 onto M11. Follow A12 signs for Blackwall Tunnel.

From South: leave M25 at junction 2, onto A2, and continue to A206

Limited parking

Public Transport Directions

20 minutes’ walk from Cutty Sark DLR and Greenwich Pier. 

Bus stop ‘National Maritime Museum’ on Romney Road 

Greenwich Station is approximately 25-30 minutes’ walk.

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2014
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* The Royal Observatory is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Reduced opening hours on New Year’s Day.
Extended opening hours in the summer months.
Occasionally there are unavoidable closures to parts of the site for maintenance and events.

Up to date opening hour information can be found at www.rmg.co.uk/visit

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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