Royal Observatory Greenwich



Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London, SE10 8XJ

Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6608

Royal Observatory Greenwich


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

Explore time and space at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and stand on the Meridian line at the home of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Discover the site’s rich history, from its royal heritage to its awe-inspiring Peter Harrison Planetarium, all set within Greenwich’s beautiful park.

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.

Make the most out of your day in Greenwich with the Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass. A top-10 UK visitor attraction, Royal Museums Greenwich is home to the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the Prime Meridian, the iconic historic sailing ship Cutty Sark, the Queen’s House Art Gallery and the National Maritime Museum. 

Please note that our sites will now open only five days a week - Wednesday to Sunday – with the exception of school holidays. 
The National Maritime Museum will remain open seven days a week until 24 January 2021 only, in line with the opening days of the Queen’s House Ice Rink. 

Rates* valid until 31st March 2021:

Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass



Adult  (25+ years)



Child (4-15 years)



Under 25 /Student



Child under 4



*Rates are inclusive of VAT at the prevailing rate

*Rates are commissionable



Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Combo Ticket* Adult 16+£26.25 per ticket
Combo Ticket* Child 5-15£13.15 per ticket
Combo Ticket* Conc.£17.60 per ticket
Combo Ticket* Under 5sFree
Planetarium Show Adult 16+£10.00 per ticket
Planetarium Show Child 5-15£5.00 per ticket
Planetarium Show Conc.£6.65 per ticket
Planetarium Show Under 5s£5.00 per ticket
Royal Observatory Greenwich Adult 16+£16.00 per ticket
Royal Observatory Greenwich Child 5-15£8.00 per ticket
Royal Observatory Greenwich Conc.£10.65 per ticket
Royal Observatory Greenwich Under 5sFree

*Combo ticket includes admission to the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark.
Concession tickets are available for under 25s and students. Book online to save.



  • 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


  • 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
  • Event Venue - Various spaces are available to hire – visit 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


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.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2014
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2020 Tourism South East Member 2020 2020

Opening Times

2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
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

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

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