Have the time of your life – The Royal Observatory in London’s Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the famous Prime Meridian of the World – 0° 0’ 0”.
Built for the purpose of finding longitude at sea, architect Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Observatory is also a museum of time and astronomy. Check out the early Tompion clocks and displays on navigation at sea that show how Britain led the world in global exploration and trade.
Greenwich was indorsed by international agreement in 1884 as the Prime Meridian of the world and you are able to stand astride the very line that separates East and West.
Pay a visit to the Royal Observatory and see how the Astronomers Royal used to live and work inside Flamsteed House, the building first erected on this site. The Astronomy Centre lets visitors try their hand at being an astronomer and you can touch a meteorite that is 4.5 billion years old.
While exploring the Royal Observatory you can also step inside London’s only planetarium. This wonderful cinematic experience features a range of daily shows that are perfect for families. The magnificent planetarium is a must-visit attraction, for an additional charge.
The Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ
Greenwich DLR/rail (20 minute walk via King William Walk)
Cutty Sark DLR (15 minute walk via King William Walk)
Maze Hill rail station (15 minute walk via Park Vista)
Blackheath rail station (20 minute walk across the heath)