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...
Handsome venue of the 2012 Games equestrian events, this park is one of London's loveliest expanses of green, with a rose garden,...
Ranger’s House (Wernher Collection)
This elegant Georgian villa in the southwest corner of Greenwich Park was built in 1723 and once housed the park’s ranger. It now...
Smart, French-inspired restaurant opposite the Greenwich Theatre in what was once the terminus for the coach service to/from London.
Greenwich Park · 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.
Success was confirmed in 1884 when Greenwich was designated as the prime meridian of the world, and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) became the universal measurement of standard time.
In the north of the observatory 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 Astronomy Centre and the Peter Harrison Planetarium (adult/child £6.50/4.50).