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Go for: Guided tours
Access to planetarium: No
Guide: Audio guide
Go for: Entry tickets
Access to planetarium: No
Guide: Audio guide
Go for: Combo tours
Access to Planetarium: No
Guide: Professional tour guide
Tickets to the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Cutty Sark cannot be canceled or rescheduled.
Learn about the stars at the Peter Harrison Planetarium. All the shows at the planetarium are led by expert astronomers from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Visualizations, real-life space photography, and live commentary by astronomers add to the overall experience at the Peter Harrison Planetarium. Tickets for the shows at the Planetarium are not included with your entry tickets for the Royal Observatory, they have to be purchased separately.
Stand on the historic Prime Meridian Line and put one foot towards the east of the line and the other towards the left. You are standing on both the eastern and the western hemispheres of the world at the same time! Standing on the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich is included with your entry tickets.
If you look up while walking towards the Royal Observatory, you will see a distinctive onion-shaped dome. This dome is the roof of the Great Equatorial Telescope. Installed in 1893, the telescope was built by the Grubb Telescope Company in Dublin. The Great Equatorial Telescope is one of the largest refracting telescopes in the world and was originally designed to be used for astrophotography. Visiting this attraction is included with your entry tickets.
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Octagon Room is the oldest part of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The high ceilings and high windows of the Octagon Room were designed to provide astronomers with an uninterrupted view of the night sky. The high ceiling of the room also allowed astronomers to install some of the most advanced clocks of the age inside the room. Access to the Octagon Room is permitted with entry tickets for the Observatory.
The Shepherd Gate Clock was the first clock to display the Greenwich Mean Time to the public. Installed at the gates of the Royal Observatory, the Shepherd Gate Clock displays twenty-four hours on its face, instead of the usual twelve hours. This means that when it is noon, the hands of the clock will be pointing straight down instead of straight up. Your entry tickets to the Royal Observatory Greenwich give you access to the Shepherd Gate Clock.
Designed by John Harrison, the Harrison Clocks are a beautiful amalgamation of innovative technology and stunning craftsmanship. Used mainly as a marine timekeeper, Harrison designed the H1, H2, H3, and H4 clocks. The Harrison Clocks were the first clocks that allowed ships to determine their longitude at sea. All four clocks, especially H1, are considered to be one of the greatest milestones in the history of clock-making. You can view these clocks with your entry tickets for the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Located in its original mounting in the Transit Circle Room at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Airy Transit Circle Telescope was designed by English mathematician and astronomer George Biddell Airy. It was this telescope that helped astronomers determine the location of the Prime Meridian in the world. Entry tickets to the Royal Observatory Greenwich include access to the Airy Transit Circle Telescope.
Royal Observatory Greenwich is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The last entry to the attraction is at 4:15 PM.
Best time to visit: For a comfortable and hassle-free experience, the best time to visit the Royal Observatory Greenwich is during weekday mornings, just when the attraction opens. You can also plan your visit to the Observatory during the late afternoon as well.
Address: Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ, United Kingdom. Find on maps.
Nearest stops: Greenwich and Maze Hill
Nearest stops: Cutty Sark Station
Nearest stops: Royal Observatory Greenwich and Peter Harrison Planetarium
There is a single entrance to the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The Observatory is located on a hill in Greenwich Park.
Cutty Sark is an award-winning attraction in London. In its heyday, the Cutty Sark was the fastest sailing ship of its time. You can hop aboard the historic ship and discover what life was like on the iconic Cutty Sark when you visit the attraction.
A standard ticket for the Royal Observatory Greenwich costs around £18.
You can book Royal Observatory Greenwich tickets either online or offline. However, buying tickets online has several advantages such as cheaper rates, different ticket options, and special discounts and offers.
Standard tickets for the Royal Observatory Greenwich include entry access to the attraction and the various exhibits inside the Observatory. You can upgrade your tickets to include a visit to Cutty Sark as well. However, these tickets do not include entry to the Peter Harrison Planetarium.
Entry tickets for the Royal Observatory Greenwich do not include access to other attractions. However, you can upgrade your regular entry ticket to include a visit to Cutty Sark.
Your Royal Observatory Greenwich tickets cannot be canceled or rescheduled.
A complete tour of the Royal Observatory Greenwich will take you around one hour and thirty minutes.