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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  • Very well managed and maintained and informative. Also take the planetarium tickets because it is very entertaining.  more »
  • Only the well-known line is clear of the Prime Meridian. But the audio guide also leads through an interesting exhibition. It is very überrladen, but still a detour worth. If you have time, should combine the trip with the Maritime Museum and the Queens House.
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  • The Royal Observatory, the Home of Time. This is one of those weird man made places, like the International Dateline, which have no real bearing on the natural world. There is history here, and human ...  more »
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  • Informational place, a great couple of hours. The views around are brilliant. It is quite a distance from the pier, if you are getting here by boat- so either use a taxi, use the visitor buggy or walk (it quite a long path to walk up and it is quite steep). I think the audio tour is a good thing to use if you really want to make the most of your time at the observatory.
  • This was an amazing place to explore for adults and children a like. We went as part of a yr 1 end of year field trip. The staff were really helpful and the children absolutely loved exploring and learning about space.
  • Interesting place with old school instruments that were used by scientists. Reading about the prime meridian (and other meridians) and the huge telescope used in the past to see the stars gave good insight into this area of science. There was an entry fee of 9.5 pounds.
  • Stunning views of the city. Entire skyline of canary wharf visible. Has a very well maintained museum. Very informative and interesting..
  • The Observatory is situated in a park with some of the best views in the city (beats the London Eye by a million) and the place is steeped in history. Love space/are interested in the early astronomical beginnings? Come here! The exhibits are well maintained and the audio guide helps you paint a clear picture of the significance of this place. You will definitely not be regretting spending a couple hours here if the weather's pleasant.

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