Accessible travel using the DLR and train
There is step free access at the Cutty Sark DLR station. At the railway stations of Greenwich and Maze Hill there is step free access via the use of ramps, lifts and an underpass. The ticket office areas also have step free access.
A wheelchair accessible route up to the Royal Observatory
The Royal Observatory is located at the top of a hill in Greenwich Park. There is a wheelchair accessible route but visitors should be aware that it is uphill with some steep inclines along sections of the route. From the Sammy Ofer Wing Park Gates there are two routes clearly signposted. The main route takes a more direct way up the hill and takes about 10-15 minutes to walk, if you wish you can stop for a rest and take in the views surrounding you. The less steep route, which is recommended for those visitors in a wheelchair takes about 25 minutes and is calculated on the time it would take an adult to push a wheelchair with an adult up this route.
What is there to see at the Royal Observatory?
Flamsteed House is a Grade 1 listed building and was built in 1675 under the direction of King Charles II by Sir Christopher Wren. The Royal Observatory replaced a medieval watchtower and was named Flamsteed House in 1720, after the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed. The design of this building means that it is not accessible for wheelchair users.
The Meridian Line
The Meridian Line and the Meridian Building tell the story of how this location was chosen to be the site of the point where time is measured from and how the world is divided from here into different time zones. Visitors can also discover the Astronomer’s Garden and the Camera Obscura.
Europe’s First Ramp Rider
At Greenwich Pier, the first Ramp Rider in Europe has been installed to enable much easier access on and off ferries using this pier. This greatly improves the travel experience of wheelchair users to all the attractions with Greenwich Park.