Statue of General Wolfe
This statue memorialises General James Wolfe, celebrated for his victory over the French at the Battle of Quebec in Canada in 1759
Peter Harrison Planetarium
The southern half of the Royal Observatory is devoted to astronomy and includes the 120-seat state-of-the-art Peter Harrison Planetarium...
One of London’s loveliest expanses of green, with a rose garden, picturesque walks, Anglo-Saxon tumuli and astonishing views from the...
The Orangery at the Fan Museum has lovely trompe l’œil murals, a fan-shaped garden and afternoon tea four days a week.
Greenwich Park, Blackheath Ave · interesting places nearby
Royal Observatory information
Rising south of Queen's House, idyllic Greenwich Park climbs up the hill, affording stunning views of London from the Royal Observatory, which Charles II had built in 1675 to help solve the riddle of longitude. To the north is lovely Flamsteed House and the Meridian Courtyard , where you can stand with your feet straddling the western and eastern hemispheres; admission is by ticket. The southern half contains the highly informative and free Weller Astronomy Galleries and the Peter Harrison Planetarium .
In 1884 Greenwich was designated as the prime meridian of the world, and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) became the universal measurement of standard time.