The Royal Observatory, Greenwich Tickets and Dates

More Information about The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

What's Included in the tour

  • Admission to Royal Observatory

What's Excluded in the tour

  • Planetarium Shows
  • Transport
Please Note:
  • A valid student card may be requested on arrival if a student ticket has been purchased
The Royal Observatory is the historic home of British astronomy, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the world-famous Meridian Line. Established in the 17th century and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it was from here that the great scientists of the time precisely mapped the stars to help navigate at sea. 
Stand aside the Meridian Line with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one in the west. The Greenwich Meridian was chosen to be the Prime Meridian of the World back in 1884 and is world famous ever since. Walk in the footsteps of the Astronomers Royal, discover their stories, and experience the past, present and future wonders of astronomy, space and the stars. 
Must see attractions include the Great Equatorial Telescope, Harrison’s clocks, the Shepherd Gate Clock, the Time Ball and the famous Octagon Room. 
Enjoy dramatic views of London across Greenwich Royal Park, the City of London and the River Thames. Located alongside the Observatory is the Peter Harrison Planetarium where you can touch a 4.5 billion year-old meteorite, watch how the universe was formed, guide a space mission and unravel the mysteries of the cosmos.

Please Note: From 1st Nov 2021 to 1st Jan 2022, essential refurbishment works will be carried out. As a result, there are some changes to what you can and can not see during your visit.

Visitors will be able to see:
  • Meridian Line /courtyard
  • Camera Obscura
  • Meridian Building including 3 telescope transit rooms
  • Time for Society gallery
  • Great Equatorial Telescope
  • Shepherds Gate Clock

Visitors will NOT be able to see:
  • Flamsteed House inc. Royal Astronomers apartments, Octagon Room, Harrison Timekeepers
  • Dropping of the Time Ball
  • Time for the Navy gallery chronomet
  • Admission to Royal Observatory 
  • Stand astride the Prime Meridian Line with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one in the west. 
  • Learn about the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the world's earliest public time signals.
  • See the Octagon Room, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and one of his best interiors in London.
  • Venture inside the huge iconic onion dome to see the Great Equatorial Telescope.
  • Enjoy one of the most-loved views of London across Greenwich Royal Park.
  • Download the interactive audio-guides on your smartphone using the Smartify App

Days of Operation: Daily

Opening times: 10:00am until 5:00pm (Last admission is at 4.30pm)

Address: Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ