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Royal Observatory Greenwich Tickets

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Last Updated: 22nd Apr 2024
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Monday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Highlights

  • The Royal Observatory is the home of the Greenwich Meridian Line and GMT. This line marks 0 degrees longitude and is the starting point for measuring longitude worldwide.
  • This is the focal point of the Observatory, with a beautiful view towards the Thames and the city of London. It's the perfect place for photo opportunities.
  • This huge telescope dates back to 1893 and is the UK's largest historic telescope that granted astronomers novel perspectives of the cosmos more than a century ago. Visitors can admire it during guided tours.
  • This interactive exhibition explores the history of timekeeping. The gallery features many fascinating timepieces, including clocks used on board ships and early wristwatches.
  • Witness one of the world's earliest public time signals, the bright red Time Ball. Since 1833, this iconic feature has been dropping at 1 pm daily, providing a visual reference for timekeeping.
  • These galleries showcase the Observatory's collection of historic astronomical instruments, including telescopes, planetariums, and astrolabes.
  • This state-of-the-art planetarium offers a unique look at the night sky and the wonders of our universe. Visitors can experience immersive shows, presentations, and lectures.
  • Named after the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, this historic building houses displays of astronomical and navigational instruments, a library, and the Astronomer Royal's apartments.
  • The Royal Observatory is located within the beautiful Greenwich Park. This parkland offers serene surroundings and stunning views of the city. Visitors can take leisurely walks, have picnics, and explore other attractions within the park, such as the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House.

What To Expect

Venture on a captivating journey to the Royal Observatory Greenwich perched on a hill within the picturesque Greenwich Royal Park, UK. As you make your way there, you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas of London, encompassing the sprawling expanse of Greenwich Royal Park, the bustling City of London, and the majestic River Thames. This scenic route sets the stage for the remarkable experience that awaits you.

Upon entering the Royal Observatory, you can pick up a complimentary audio guide in seven languages. This handy companion will enhance your visit, providing valuable insights and intriguing stories as you explore the premises.

Your adventure commences in the Meridian Courtyard, where you'll find yourself standing astride the famous Prime Meridian Line. This symbolic demarcation divides the world into the eastern and western hemispheres. Here, within the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), you can place one foot in the east and the other in the west, symbolizing your unique position between two halves of the globe.

The tour then leads you through Flamsteed House, where you'll follow in the footsteps of the Astronomers Royal, who shaped the course of celestial study. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Royal Observatory as you explore the hallowed halls and chambers. Make your way to the Octagon Room, a splendid creation designed by the renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren. This room boasts one of the best-preserved Wren interiors in all of London, offering a glimpse into the architectural wonders of the past.

Within the Observatory, you'll also encounter Harrison's clocks, which revolutionized timekeeping and transformed navigation at sea. These groundbreaking inventions by John Harrison changed the course of human history and are a testament to the incredible ingenuity of the human mind.

As you delve deeper into the Royal Observatory's treasures, you'll discover the Shepherd Gate Clock, proudly displayed outside. This historic timepiece was the first clock to exhibit Greenwich Mean Time to the public, marking a significant milestone in the standardization of timekeeping.

Prepare to be inspired by the remarkable achievements of the great scientists and inventors associated with the Royal Observatory. Learn about the groundbreaking discoveries of luminaries such as Sir Isaac Newton, Edmond Halley, James Bradley, Annie Maunder, John Harrison, Sir George Biddell Airy, and even Albert Einstein. Their contributions to astronomy, physics, and navigation have left an indelible mark on scientific progress.

While at the Royal Observatory, don't miss the iconic Time Ball atop Flamsteed House. This vibrant red sphere serves as one of the earliest public time signals in the world. First employed in 1833, the Time Ball continues to perform its function to this day, providing a visual reference for timekeeping enthusiasts and passersby.

Moreover, the Royal Observatory's premises are within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich, making it an ideal starting point for further exploration. Just a short stroll away, you'll find the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House, both of which are open to the public free of charge. These esteemed institutions offer a captivating glimpse into the fascinating world of maritime history and art.

With its rich history, stunning views, and profound scientific legacy, a visit to the Royal Observatory Greenwich promises an unforgettable experience. Book your tickets now at TicketsToDo and immerse yourself in the wonders of the universe as you bask in the allure of this extraordinary destination.

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Know Before You Go

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm.
  • Last entry: 04:15 pm.

Entry & Services: 

  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Download the interactive, multilingual audio guide on your smartphone using the Smartify App.
  • You can show The Royal Observatory Greenwich e-ticket at the entrance.
  • Every guest is required to provide valid identification upon arrival.
  • Foreign nationals are requested to provide their passport and visa information upon arrival.

How To Use

  • You can either show a printed copy or the e-ticket on your phone.
  • The Royal Observatory Greenwich ticket is only valid during the timespan stated in your preferred package.
  • You may enter this tourist attraction directly with the Royal Observatory Greenwich tickets you receive from TicketsToDo.

Location

Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ, UK.
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FAQs

  • What are the opening hours of the Royal Observatory Greenwich?

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich is open seven days a week, from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm (last admission at 04:15 pm).

  • Are there any closures or limitations on certain days?

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich is closed on December 24th, 25th, and 26th. However, checking for unexpected closures or limitations before your visit is advisable.

  • Is the Royal Observatory Greenwich accessible for individuals with disabilities?

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich strives to provide accessibility for all visitors. Free entry tickets for carers are available, and wheelchair access is provided throughout the site. For detailed accessibility information, please refer to the Royal Observatory Greenwich's official website.
     

  • Are service animals allowed inside the observatory?

    Yes, service animals are allowed inside the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The observatory welcomes visitors with disabilities, and service animals accompanying individuals with disabilities can enter. Additionally, it's advisable to inform the staff upon arrival so they can provide any necessary assistance or accommodations.

  • How long does it take to explore the observatory?

    On average, visitors spend approximately 1.5 to 2 hours on their Royal Observatory Greenwich visit. This allows enough time to visit the main attractions, such as the Meridian Courtyard, the Great Equatorial Telescope, and the Astronomy Centre. 

  • Are there any educational programs or events at the Royal Observatory Greenwich?

    Yes, the Royal Observatory offers various educational programs, workshops, and various events for visitors of all ages. These programs cover topics such as astronomy, space exploration, and navigation. Check their website for specific details and schedules.

  • Can I take photographs at the Royal Observatory Greenwich?

    Yes, visitors can take photographs at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. However, some specific areas or exhibits may have restrictions, so it's always a good idea to check with the staff on-site.

  • Are there any additional attractions or exhibits available at the Royal Observatory Greenwich?

    While your ticket grants access to the main attractions, such as the Prime Meridian Line, Flamsteed House, and the Time Galleries, you may choose to explore additional paid exhibits and attractions, such as the London Planetarium.

  • What are some other popular attractions close to the observatory?

    Here are some of the popular attractions:

    • Royal Museums Greenwich
    • Old Royal Naval College
    • Queen's house
    • Cutty Sark
    • National Maritime Museum
    • Greenwich Market