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The Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park, London
The Royal Observatory, Meridian Line, Greenwich Park, London
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The Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park, London SE10
Reach for the stars! Things to see at this world famous scientific site, founded as a scientific institution by King Charles II: Prime Meridian, Meridian Certificate Machine, Time-Ball, Camera Obscura, Apartments of the Astronomer Royal (historic), Octagon Room, Harrison's Clocks Time and Latitude Exhibits, Time and Greenwich Exhibits, Main Exhibition Gallery, Halley Meridian and Bradley Meridian, The Airy Transit Circle, Greenwich Meridian Certificate Machine, Time and Society Display, The Royal Observatory (1893) 28-inch Telescope and Dome and Time and the Navy with Horology Workshop (timed visits apply)
There is also: A local area Viewing Telescope on the main forecourt for great views over the east of London and Docklands - including Canary Wharf.
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich is the base where 'time begins' (and ends), where Greenwich Mean Time is measured, where you can stand astride the Meridian Line, Longitude 0°, having a foot in the western and eastern hemispheres at the same time! Each new day, month, year (and millennium) starts at the Royal Observatory by an international agreement drawn up in 1884.
There are four galleries that tell the story of time keeping and the Royal Observatory Camera Obscura that gives a perfect panoramic view of the area on a clear day.
Royal Observatory Greenwich Time Ball - The Time-Ball, although no longer needed for shipping, still drops at precisely 13.00 (1 pm) daily. Sailors leaving London would set their clocks and watches by this signal in times gone by.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich is open daily 10.00 to 18.00
Entrance Free - Family Fun
Tel: 0870 804 264
There is a Road Train to The National Maritime Museum.