Royal Observatory

About the Royal Observatory, London

The Royal Observatory was first commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II and has provided the world with a vast knowledge and understanding of our solar system ever since.   

Situated in Greenwich, London, discover the history of the stars and visit the observatory's very own planetarium for the ultimate space experience. Witness the night sky like never before and learn about the moon, constellations, other planets and much more with live presentations held by professional astronomers.    

Take a guided tour around the historic grounds, crossing the timeline in which the eastern hemisphere meets the west.  The Royal Observatory also hosts one of the largest telescopes in the world, so ensure you see the Great Equatorial Telescope on your visit.

Helpful information about the Royal Observatory, London

Open seven days a week, 10am to 5pm (6pm during summer period)

Adults: £9.50

Children: £5.00

Under-5s visit free

Concessions: £7.50

Family ticket (1 adult): £15.00 - valid for one adult and up to two children (age 5 to 15 years)

Family ticket (2 adults): £22.00 - valid for two adults and up to two children (age 5 to 15 years)

The Planetarium shows are worth the additional cost at £7.50 adult, £5.50 child, £6.50 concession, £20.00 family.

Nearest airports in London are either Gatwick or Heathrow.  The Royal Observatory is easily accessible with the nearest train stations only ten minutes from central London: Cutty Sark (DLR line), Greenwich Rail Station or via boat to Greenwich Pier.  Plan your journey here:

Book online and avoid the queues, where you can also save money by combination tickets gaining access to other places of interest in the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum and The Queens House.

Entertain the whole family with special shows in the planetarium including those aimed at the under sevens.  It is therefore advisable to arrive early during school holidays.  

Where to stay in London for the Royal Observatory

If you are planning to visit the Royal Observatory, choose from rental apartments, houses, flats, studios, boats and B&B's close to the venue.  Whether you are looking to rent an apartment in the City Centre, or travel from the quieter regions on the outskirts, it is easy to travel around London via public transport and arrive at the Royal Observatory.  Check out our accommodation in London  

Things to do near the Royal Observatory

With so much to see and do in London, make the most of your visit by taking a tour bus and visiting the many historic sights such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Take in a show in the West End or visit the many museums and art galleries London has to offer.

More information about the Royal Observatory

For more information about the Royal Observatory, including: Royal Observatory exhibitions, history, planetarium or details regarding other museums included within the Royal Museums Greenwich, please contact the venue directly for more information.

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