Royal Observatory Greenwich

Royal Observatory Greenwich

  • Attraction
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Landmark

Upon the summit of Greenwich Park, the Royal Observatory takes centre stage and promises visitors an educational and historical visit. It’s one of the world’s most important scientific sites.

Having played a major role in the history of navigation and astronomy, The Royal Observatory, Greenwich is widely famous. It houses the Prime Meridian, which gives its name to the Greenwich Mean Time, and it also holds the UK’s largest refracting telescope, London a planetarium and the original astronomer's apartments in Flamsteed House.

The Royal Observatory was commissioned by King Charles II in 1675 with the site picked by Sir Christopher Wren. Today the observatory attracts numbers of tourists and the beautiful park right outside is a perfect place to relax or have a picnic. At the bottom of the hill, you will find bars, restaurants, stores and more famous attractions such as the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum.

Key Points
  • The Royal Observatory is home to the UK’s largest refracting telescope.
  • The observatory is built on the former site of Henry VIII’s Greenwich Castle.
  • The purpose of the observatory as commissioned by King Charles II was to study the moon and stars in the hope of producing maps and guides that could lead to greater sea navigation.
  • You can touch a 4.5 billion year old asteroid by visiting the Royal Observatory.
Location

Royal Observatory Greenwich