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Royal Observatory Greenwich

KidRated’s Royal Observatory Top Tips:


  • Half-term is a great time to visit for kids’ activities
  • The Planetarium is the only one in London!
  • Feeling hungry? There is a cafe but why not try out Greenwich Market?

Home to London’s only planetarium and the Meridian Line, the Royal Observatory is a special attraction.


A mix of time and space and panoramic views of London stretching from the O2 to the City and beyond makes the Royal Observatory a great place to visit.


You can see the Great Equatorial Telescope which has been used by many famous astronomers. Between September and February, the Royal Observatory also houses the annual Astronomy Photographers of the Year exhibition which exhibits the winners’ and runners ups’ photos.


There is even a kids’ category and so be prepared to be wowed by talented twelve-year-olds. Your kids may even be inspired to take part next year.


In the planetarium you can watch a number of guided tours through space, these range from the Space Safari for under 7s to more grown-up shows for older children.


Shows are ticketed and so it is best to buy in advance online, especially at peak times like holidays and half-term.


While you are in Greenwich, visit the Cutty Sark or Old Royal Naval College.

Booking Advice:

  • Tickets can be bought online and at the attraction
  • Click Buy Tickets Now for a tour of Greenwich including admission to all Royal Museums Greenwich attractions
  • Half-day highlights tours are also available



Blackheath Avenue
SE10 8XJ

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 8858 4422


Opening hours:

Ouvert de 10h00 à 17h00. Dernière entrée à 16h30.
À Pâques, et de juin à septembre, le Royal Observatory est ouvert jusqu’à 18h00. Visitez pour organiser votre visite.
Le Royal Observatory est fermé du 24 au 26 décembre.10.00 – 17.00. Last admission is at 16.30. During Easter, June, July, August and September, the Observatory extends its opening hours and close at 18.00. Always check before you plan your visit. We are closed 24–26 December.

How to get there:

DLR: Cutty Sark


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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • Don’t aim to visit at 10am (opening time) as that’s when lots of international bus tour groups want in to complete their whirlwind tour of London.
  • Don’t queue to stand on the Prime Meridian Line inside the courtyard as you can see it outside the Observatory grounds too.
  • There’s a Camera Obscura in a small building in the Meridian Courtyard which is cool to see.
  • I found the route pretty confusing and not enough labels so ask staff for more info.
  • There are family guided tours on most weekday afternoons.

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