Royal Observatory Greenwich Tickets

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Opening hours

The Royal Observatory is open daily at 10am and closes at 5.30pm from May until August. From September through to April it closes at 5pm.

The last admission is 30 minutes before the scheduled closing time.

The attraction is closed from the 24th until the 26th of December.

How to get there

Docklands Light Rail and walking- Greenwich Station is a 20 minute walk through King William Park or the Cutty Sark Station is a 15 minute walk through the same park.

Train- Maze Hill Railway Station is a 15 minute walk through Park Vista or Blackheath Station is 20 minutes’ walk away across the Heath.

Ferry- it takes 35 minutes from the pier at London Eye to Greenwich Pier or 25 minutes from London Tower Pier.

Bus- bus routes 53, 54, 202 and 380 all stop close to the Royal Observatory.

FAQ

What are the entry prices into the Royal Observatory?
The price is £14.40 for adults and £7.20 for children when the tickets are bought online. The walk–up prices are £16 for adults and £8 for children. There are several combination tickets available including entry into other attractions at the park and these work out cheaper than buying individual tickets. You can find the information at https://www.rmg.co.uk/plan-your-visit/tickets-prices#royal_observatory
What are the least busy times?
The best times to visit are first thing in the morning when it opens at 10am or later in the afternoon after 4pm. Week days are much quieter than weekends and try to avoid school holidays for the least busy days.
How long are the audio tours at the Royal Observatory?
The audio tour takes as long as you like. You have to select a number to listen to the script at each point and then move on to the next point. In total it lasts about one hour but if you are really interested in learning it could easily last 2 hours. It is quite a steep climb up to the top of the hill but you are rewarded with some wonderful views of London.
There are planetarium tickets and then planetarium and Royal Observatory tickets which are double the price. What is the difference?
There are combination tickets available for example, visiting the Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark. These combination tickets are much cheaper than buying two separate tickets. The Planetarium however, even though it is located next to the observatory is not included in the combination tickets so requires a separate ticket at the full price.
Can I get a taxi from the Cutty Sark up to the observatory as I am worried about the steep climb?
There is a car park at the top for the use of people with disabilities so a taxi should be able to take you to the top. Vehicles though are mostly restricted from going into the park, so there may be some restrictions on getting a taxi to take you.

Must Know

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.

Places Nearby

The Rivoli
You might want to try dancing your way around this specially strung dancefloor to impress your partner. This is the last remaining authentic 50s style ballroom in London. It is sumptuously colored in red and gold and has featured in several TV shows and videos. The first Saturday of every month features retro pleasures, a combination of ballroom, Latin and salsa with music provided by a jukebox. For another exciting evening try the third Saturday of each month when the Jive Party features a live band and all the jivin’ you can manage.
Horniman Museum
The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, South East London is a fascinating collection of odd antiquities that were brought to this part of London by tea trader Frederick John Horniman. His vision was to bring the world to Forest Hill, so he began collecting specimens of culture and natural history and began his own museum in the latter part of the 19th century. The museum, in its present form opened in 1901 and its star feature is a stuffed walrus over 130 years old.
Scale the O2
Since it was first introduced to London and originally known as the Millennium Dome, the iconic building has had a mixed reaction and many people in London hated the structure, thinking it was no more than an expensive eyesore. In recent years it has been transformed into a live music venue and the latest venture attracted to the O2 is to take on the 52 metre climb onto the roof of the structure. Known as ‘Up at the O2’ the climb takes you up and over the roof. The best time of day to complete this exhilarating feat is at dusk.