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London: Royal Observatory Greenwich Entrance Ticket

1. London: Royal Observatory Greenwich Entrance Ticket

Experience 2 of the world's hemispheres in a single day on a visit to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and visit the historic home of British astronomy. See the world-famous Meridian Line, and stand with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one in the west. Established in the 17th century, it was at the Royal Observatory where the great scientists of the time precisely mapped the stars to help navigate the seas. The Greenwich Meridian was chosen as the Prime Meridian of the world in 1884, forever putting Greenwich on the map! Learn about the discoveries of great scientists and inventors based at, or associated with, the Royal Observatory, including Harrison, Newton, Halley, Bradley and Airy. See the Octagon Room, the centrepiece of Flamsteed House, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and one of his best-preserved interiors in London. Take in one of the most loved views of London and gaze across royal Greenwich Park, the City of London and the River Thames. You can also visit the modern Astronomy Centre and touch a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite from outer space, or take an awe-inspiring journey through the wonders of space at the Peter Harrison Planetarium.

London: Royal Greenwich Private Full-Day Tour

2. London: Royal Greenwich Private Full-Day Tour

Discover one of London’s most beautiful neighborhoods on a private tour of Greenwich. Home to the Cutty Sark, Prime Meridian time line, and antiques and craft market, it’s the perfect day out in an area of London that is often overlooked by tourists. Your guide will collect you from your hotel and accompany you on the short journey by tube and DLR (Docklands Light Railway). Upon arrival in central Greenwich, you are faced with a host of options. Though village-like in atmosphere, Greenwich boasts a wealth of historic attractions. Go to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park, and stand on the Prime Meridian line. Put one foot in the eastern hemisphere, and one foot in the west. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Isaac Newton, who once worked in the Observatory, or just admire the views from the top of the hill. Go to the Royal Naval College, built as a hospital for disabled sailors, and later used as a Royal Navy training college from 1873-1998. The sumptuous buildings by Sir Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor and Sir John Vanbrugh have featured in countless movies. Hardcore naval fans can visit the Naval Museum, but everyone should see the Chapel and Painted Hall. One of the highlights of Greenwich is the newly restored Cutty Sark, one of the last - and fastest - tea-clippers to serve the tea trade between China and England. Reopened to the public in 2012 after a devastating fire, the new museum allows you to walk beneath her hulls, and to climb aboard and put yourself in the shoes of the crew! Then, find some delicious street food in Greenwich Market.

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What people are saying about Prime Meridian, Greenwich Park

Actually, we only booked to get the prime meridian on the photo. Afterwards we noticed that a thinner steel line can also be reached for free through a swing door (black lattice door on the wall below the observatory). But the entrance fee is very worthwhile. We were amazed at how complex exact time measurement is. The history of location determination and time measurement is explained in several rooms. There are the first astronomical devices, a giant telescope, old clocks whose mechanics you can take a close look at, a route "from the pendulum clock to GPS" and thus "from local time to global computer-based time measurement" TIP: A children's museum guide is available in the museum shop for £6 explanations and quizzes. Perfect for our knowledge of English ;-). It's also in all the other important places in Greenwich. This is how you can spend a whole day in Greenwich as an adult. Maritime Museum is free and very worthwhile.

Beautiful location. Very interesting. Our grandson really enjoyed it. We met a Dutch-speaking employee who was willing to explain things to our grandson. He enjoyed it and so did we. In our case we also had beautiful weather.

The view from the Royal Observatory was magnificent also the museum was very interesting. Thanks

It was a wonderful journey. We came by a cruise ship, first experience, unforgetteble.

Interesting information well presented. it's worth getting there early