Original Tour + The Royal Observatory
Combine & Save with Tickets for The Original Tour + The Royal Observatory
Take a trip to picturesque Greenwich on our river cruise with your 48 hour ticket to see The Royal Observatory which is home to the world-famous Meridian Line and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Established in the 17th century by Charles II you can stand on the Meridian Line, uncover the history of GMT by seeing the clocks and timepieces that changed the world, as well as taking an awe-inspiring journey into space at London’s planetarium.
Buy Tickets for Original Tour + The Royal Observatory
The Royal Observatory played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation with it being best known as the location of the prime meridian which gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time. The observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II with a foundation stone being laid on the 10th August of that year, with the site chosen by Sir Christopher Wren.
Whilst you’re at The Royal Observatory you can stand on the historic Prime Meridian where east meets west and take your place at the centre of the world! Discover the home of Greenwich Mean Time and see all the clocks and timepieces which have had a significant impact in changing the world’s time. You can also take an exciting journey into space with astronomers to unravel the mysteries of the cosmos at London’s planetarium. So hop-on our river cruise with your 48 ticket to explore an attraction that is known across the globe!
Take a selfie on the iconic Meridian Line with one foot in the west and one foot in the east.
Enjoy one of the most-loved views of London across Greenwich Royal Park and the River Thames.
Marvel at the Great Equatorial Telescope, the UK’s largest historic telescope which gave astronomers new views of the universe over 100 years ago.
With your complimentary audio guide, learn about the discoveries of great scientists and inventors based at or associated with the Royal Observatory.
Time your visit to coincide with the dropping of the bright red Time Ball on top of Flamsteed House, one of the world’s earliest public time signals. It drops daily at 1pm.
Stand in Charles II's magnificent Wren-designed Octagon Room dating from 1675.
Discover John Harrison’s groundbreaking inventions that changed the world and solved the longitude problem.
Be mesmerised by our live panorama of London seen through the Camera Obscura.
Journey through space in one of our awesome planetarium shows, presented by an astronomer. Please note that entry to the Planetarium requires additional payment.
See the Shepherd Gate Clock, the first clock to show Greenwich Mean Time to the public.
Address: Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ
Closest Original Tour route: 48 hour ticket on our river cruise service to Greenwich
Opening Times: 10am – 5pm daily
Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Changes to opening times:
24th - 25th December 2018: The Royal Observatory will be closed
31st December: The Royal Observatory will open at 11.30am