Last year my mom and I went to London over the weekend and one of the many things we did was visiting Greenwich to see the Meridian Line and stroll in the beautiful Greenwich park.
Just like us, people mainly come to Greenwich to stand on the famous Prime Meridian Line where the official time of the world starts. But there is so much more to see on the World Heritage Site on the hill in beautiful Greenwich park. The Meridian Line is located on the courtyard of The Royal Observatory, Britain’s first purpose-built scientific facility.
The Observatory was built in 1675 by King Charles II and designed by famous architect Christopher Wren, who also refurbished St. Paul’s Cathedral after the Great Fire in 1666. Here you can see magnificent shows about the Universe in the Planetarium or learn more about the solar system or the Universe in one of the many exhibitions in the Astronomy Galleries. And while you’re up there, take the time to visit London’s only public camera obscura situated in the summerhouse on the Observatory courtyard. And don’t forget to stroll in the beautiful Greenwich park before you go home.
You don’t have to pay entrance fees to anything except for the Planetarium Shows and the museums are open 10.00 – 17.00. For prices and other information about The Royal Observatory and the other museums, please visit http://www.nmm.ac.uk or find out more about Greenwich on http://www.visitgreenwich.org.uk/
How to get there
Greenwich is just 20 minutes from Central London and the easiest way to get there is by Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Cutty Sark station. Buy Oyster Card or other public transport tickets in London here. You can also find your way to Greenwich with our Britain Map.
Have a great time in Greenwich!