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. Add Royal Observatory Greenwich and other attractions to your London trip itinerary using our London online trip planner .
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  • From the Royal Observatory Greenwich you can admire the whole of London. Is for me one of the first things to do once you arrive in London.
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  • I was unable to see the Observatory during my last visit so this time I did the first day. This place is really interesting and impressive. Much can be learned while being rather new at this.
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  • World Heritage attaches in 30 minutes by train from London. Worth a try just a little town, so access is convenient. You can if you just take the meridian is admission to the Museum is required to Meridian, to take pictures, take pictures from outside (photo straddles the Prime meridian other tourists but...) wanted to straddle the Meridian, but was admitted to the Museum I think it is worth a museum exhibit is also pretty interesting I decided to enter.
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  • The hill climb is rather steep so only for the fit. It costs 10£ to get inside to have your picture taken in the meridian. The house where the astronomers lived is very small and honestly should have more exhibits describing the exciting work that took place here and more scientific instruments. They make it like a little house tour but it has no furniture. We loved the place because we'd read books about it but you wouldn't know enough about the landmark work which took place here just from the exhibits. They seriously need to redo the exhibits and rethink what's being displayed and discussed.
  • The Royal Observatory Greenwich is situated at the top of a hill in Greenwich Park which is the location of the prime meridian - so we also call it Greenwich Mean Time. The the top of the hill you will lovely views of the River Thames and the whole park. If you are walking with small kids it’s worth the walk as there are really nice children play areas in the way up. I recommend the Pavilion Cafe at the top of the hill opposite the Observatory for a bite.
  • Important historical scientific site, the home of time and space. This is where Greenwich Mean Time was measured from and also there exists (outside it's physically drawn on the floor) the line on either side of which lies the Eastern and the Western hemispheres. The Royal park outside is good and has excellent views. I discovered that you can see some exhibits for free by just going to the cafe at the back of the building.
  • A must see for anyone interested in science or science history. The camera obscura was fascinating and gives insight into how cameras work. This is a great thing for parents to show their kids. Their exhibition on the history of timekeeping was also incredibly interesting and gave a lot of insight into the efforts taken to give us something we now take for granted.
  • The Royal Observatory is building that marks the line of the Greenwich Meridian. One can see a view of the city of London particular Canary Wharf and it's surrounding buildings. The grounds are luscious and extremely vast. One can picnic there and enjoy the freshness of the air. The Royal Observatory is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although, you will find that the grounds are open till much later.
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