Royal Observatory Greenwich, London
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At Royal Observatory Greenwich, see where the world established 0 degrees longitude. More than just the home of the prime meridian, the observatory serves as a museum containing artifacts from its time as a center for the study of navigation. Keep an eye out for the world's first marine chronometers and the UK's largest refracting telescope, which was made in 1893. The observatory also puts on art exhibits with maritime and astronomy themes, and hosts a 120-seat planetarium. Make sure you bring your camera, as you'll have views of London's Canary Wharf from here. Using our international travel planner, London attractions like Royal Observatory Greenwich can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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The Royal Observatory is placed in high ground. However, the effort is compensated by the magnificent view of London. The observatory is itself a wonderful site, with lots of history and the Greenwich... read more »
After a long hike up to the observatory it was amazing to see the time measurement devices and be standing on the historic Prime Meridian of the world home of GMT. The views from the top were amazing.... read more »
Certainly worth a visit if you are slightly mechanically minded or interested in time or navigation. It is a steep walk up to the observatory from the park. The view is excellent though. There is not ... read more »
If you're going to Greenwich park, the observatory is well worth a visit. Kids of all ages that have an interest in Space will enjoy the interactive exhibits and the (seems like it's a permanent fixture now) astronomy photos exhibition. I've taken my daughter (aged 9) to the planetarium on a couple of occasions and she enjoyed both shows - the programme changes regularly, so check the website to see which films are showing on the day that you intend to visit. Be aware that the most direct route from the North (river end) of the park to the observatory means climbing a steep hill that may be too much for some people - walking up The Avenue is less extreme. Entering the park from the South side along Blackheath Avenue (no incline) may be a better options for some.
We have a magnificient view on London : wa can see the City, the Shard and Canary Wharf ! And the parc is very beautiful !
A must go! Pick up 0°00'00" Prime Meridian caps & fridge magnets. Must watch the show at the Peter Harrison Planetarium. Along the Meridian, pick up your place and the time difference, makes for a great snap! If you are there on a Friday, then don't miss the local Greenwich market on the way back from the observatory.
Very lovely historic place. I visited the planetarium which was previously located in baker street with my son and we had a great day out. The site has been developed and managed in line with its historic significance in the world with lots of historic artifacts as well as modern technology to learn about. The views are also spectacular as is Greenwich park and the surrounding area.
I had to go at least once to stand on both sides of the prime meridian at the same time. Yes, it extends around the whole earth but I had to do it in Greenwich. The place was crawling with tourists as it is popular but it was a nice trip and the surrounding park is good for relaxing. And as always, there is a store selling souvenirs. Wizard of Where
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