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LondonRoyal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich | Home of the Prime Meridian

Is standing in the eastern and western hemispheres of our planet at the same time, a part of your bucket list? Tick this off your list by planning your visit to the Royal Observatory Greenwich! Located in Southeast London, the Royal Observatory is an unmissable attraction in the city! 

Things to know before booking your tickets to Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich Ball Drop
  • Ball drop: Plan your visit around 12:30 PM to see the iconic red Greenwich time ball drop from the top of Flamsteed House. 
  • Accessibility constraints: Certain parts of the experience may not be accessible for people with reduced mobility. Please refer to your tickets for additional information. 

Why visit Royal Observatory Greenwich?

Royal Observatory Greenwich Prime Meridian
  • Prime Meridian: The Prime Meridian is the longitude that divides the world into the Eastern and Western Hemisphere. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is home to this extremely important point. 
  • Astronomical significance: Before the Royal Observatory, there was no standard way of measuring time. It was only after the establishment of Greenwich Mean Time, that the world got a universal measure of time. 
  • Amazing clock collection: The Royal Observatory Greenwich has an amazing collection of clocks! Their collection includes historic timepieces that have revolutionized the way we record, measure, and keep track of time. 
  • World Heritage site: The Royal Observatory Greenwich is a part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site since it is an incredibly important part of maritime history. 
  • Center of the world: The Royal Observatory Greenwich divides the world into the eastern and western hemispheres. Every point on planet Earth is measured in relation to the Prime Meridian. 

Which Royal Observatory Greenwich ticket is best for you?

Royal Observatory Greenwich tickets

If you are a history buff

Go for: Guided tours

Duration: Flexible

Access to planetarium: No

Guide: Audio guide

  • Explore the different attractions at the Royal Observatory Greenwich at your own pace. 
  • Learn about each attraction with an audio guide that gives accurate and interesting information. 

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If you are on a budget

Go for: Entry tickets

Duration: Flexible

Access to planetarium: No 

Guide: Audio guide

  • Explore the different attractions at Royal Observatory Greenwich at your own pace. 
  • Entry tickets are easy on your pocket. 

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If you want to explore beyond

Go for: Combo tours

Duration: Flexible

Access to Planetarium: No

Guide: Professional tour guide

  • Upgrade entry tickets to include a visit to Cutty Sark for a small fee. 
  • A professional tour guide will share stories of sailors and the interesting history of the magnificent Cutty Sark ship.  

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Cancellation policy

Tickets to the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Cutty Sark cannot be canceled or rescheduled. 

Explore Royal Observatory Greenwich

Peter Harrison Planetarium at Royal Observatory Greenwich

Peter Harrison Planetarium

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. 

What to see at Royal Observatory Greenwich?

Prime Meridian Line at Royal Observatory Greenwich

Prime Meridian Line

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. 

Great Equatorial Telescope at Royal Observatory Greenwich

Great Equatorial Telescope

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. 

Shepherd Gate Clock at Royal Observatory Greenwich

Shepherd Gate Clock

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.

Octagon Room

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. 

Harrison Clocks

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. 

Airy Transit Circle Telescope

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.

Plan your visit to Royal Observatory Greenwich

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Entrances
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Tips
Eat
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Timings of Royal Observatory Greenwich

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. 

Location of Royal Observatory Greenwich

Address: Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ, United Kingdom. Find on maps

Getting there

  • By rail: Direct trains from London Cannon Street and London Bridge

Nearest stops: Greenwich and Maze Hill

  • By underground: Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

      Nearest stops: Cutty Sark Station

  • By bus: 53, 54, 202, 380 

Nearest stops: Royal Observatory Greenwich and Peter Harrison Planetarium

Entrance of Royal Observatory Greenwich

There is a single entrance to the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The Observatory is located on a hill in Greenwich Park. 

Facilities for Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • Toilets
  • Baby change facilities
  • Lost property assistance
  • Cafe
  • Gift Shop
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loops
  • British sign language-trained assistants
  • Planetarium shows
Tips for visit to Royal Observatory Greenwich

  • Book your tickets for the Royal Observatory Greenwich in advance to avoid queues and waiting times. 
  • Purchasing online tickets for the attraction is cheaper, and gives you the freedom to choose the day and time that works best for you. 
  • Wear comfortable clothes and footwear.
  • Plan your visit during weekday mornings or late afternoons to avoid crowds.
  • Arrive early at the Royal Observatory Greenwich to enjoy some of the most breathtaking views of London.
  • You can upgrade your Royal Observatory tickets to include access to the Cutty Sark ship.
  • Sign in to the free WiFi at the Observatory and download the Smartify app for free to learn more about the Observatory and its attractions. 
Eat near Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • Bill’s Greenwich Restaurant: Be it breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, Bill’s Greenwich Restaurant serves delicious contemporary European cuisine. 
  • Midpoint Restaurant: Enjoy sumptuous Turkish dishes in a modern yet rustic setting at the Midpoint Restaurant. 
  • Greenwich Tavern: Spread over three floors, the Greenwich Tavern is a bar cum restaurant that serves yummy cocktails, and has a host of delightful British and European dishes to choose from.
  • The Hill:  Serving Mediterranean cuisine, the Hill is a popular restaurant in the Greenwich area. From its patio gardens to airy rooms decorated with Ecuadorian art, the Hill is a must-visit restaurant. 
  • The Pavilion Cafe: Offering counter-style service, the Pavilion Cafe serves delicious snacks, Fairtrade coffee and yummy cakes.
Near Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • National Maritime Museum: Located 600 m away from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum gives you an insight into the maritime history of London. 
  • Queen’s House: Located 650 m away from the Royal Observatory, the Queen’s House is home to an internationally renowned art collection. The former royal residence is also the first classical building in the UK. 
  • Greenwich Park: Located 500 m away from Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich Park is a beautiful green oasis in London. 

Beyond the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Cutty sark Royal Observatory Greenwich

Cutty Sark

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.

Frequently asked questions about Royal Observatory Greenwich tickets

How much is a ticket to the Royal Observatory Greenwich?

A standard ticket for the Royal Observatory Greenwich costs around £18.

How to book tickets to the Royal Observatory Greenwich?

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.

Why should I book Royal Observatory Greenwich tickets online?
  • Cheaper rates: When compared to offline purchases, online tickets are cheaper and more convenient to buy. 
  • Discounts and offers: You will find lots of special discounts and offers online. These benefits may not be available if you buy tickets directly from the venue. 
  • Multiple options: Purchasing tickets online gives you many different options. You can choose from combo tickets or simply upgrade your regular ticket to visit other attractions. 
  • Guaranteed entry: Walk-in tickets may not be available if you plan to visit the Royal Observatory Greenwich during peak season. However, if you have already booked your tickets online you will be able to visit the attraction during peak season and times.
What do the Royal Observatory Greenwich tickets include?

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.

Do Royal Observatory Greenwich tickets include access to other attractions?

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. 

What is the cancellation policy for the Royal Observatory Greenwich?

Your Royal Observatory Greenwich tickets cannot be canceled or rescheduled.

How long does it take to complete a Royal Observatory Greenwich tour?

A complete tour of the Royal Observatory Greenwich will take you around one hour and thirty minutes.