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The Royal Observatory

Travel Portal blog about The Royal Observatory. A nice walk from Greenwich Park up the hill toward The Royal Observatory. This is where you will have the birdeye view of the scenery from the hilltop. It is very refreshing and nice to breath in fresh air. It is one of the must visit when you are in London since this consider as one of the attraction place where you can be standing at 2 time zone!

The Royal Observatory

Our first stop was at Cutty Sark. Continue on with the river behind us, heading up Greenwich Church Street. From here turn left onto Turnpin Lane, boasting many fine houses dating back to the early 1800's, into Greenwich Market. After reaching the Greenwich Market, we exit the market onto Nelson Road and turn left along King William Walk. Enter Greenwich Park and walk up the hill. Arrived at Greenwich Park where we continue up the hill toward The Royal Observatory.

At The Royal Observatory where we stand at the centre of world time and space, on the prime meridian of the globe. The Meridian line crosses the Observatory courtyard (entrance fee) and it also crosses Greenwich Park. We can see the line up close for free by going through the small gate to the right of the clock and the examples of British Weights and Measures on the wall next to the Observatory. Trivia: To help people synchronize their clocks to Greenwich Mean Time, the Astronomer Royal in 1833, John Pond, had the time ball installed on top of the observatory. The ball drops daily at 1:00pm all year-round - so get our mobile phones and our watches ready!

Lonon - Old Royal Navy College
Photo taken in London at Old Royal Navy College
National Maritime Museum
Photo taken at National Maritime Museum
Cutty Sark
Photo taken at Cutty Sark
National Maritime Museum
Photo taken at National Maritime Museum
Queen house
Photo taken at Queen house
London only planetarium
Photo taken at The Royal Observatory
Greenwich Meridian
Photo taken at Greenwich Meridian Line
Royal Observatory
Photo taken at Royal Observatory
National Maritime Museum
Photo taken for National Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum
Photo taken at National Maritime Museum
Royal Observatory
Photo taken at Royal Observatory
Royal Observatory
Photo taken at Royal Observatory

Next is visiting National Maritime Museum. We left the Observatory and head back down the hill. Follow the marked paths and signs toward the National Maritime Museum. One of the highlights is the actual jacket that Nelson wore during the Battle of Trafalgar (allow for 2 hours). Walk along the marked path towards The Queen's House. At rhe Queen's House where we walk towards the river and turn right onto Romney Road. Then make a left onto Park Row and walk all the way down to The Painted Hall. We can take part in their guided tours of the space or download their self-guided tour Download guide here. We have a look around the Old Royal Naval College. Don't miss the famous Painted Hall and Chapel (allow for 60 mins). If you haven't already had a spot of lunch, then we recommend walking into the historic town centre. Greenwich is a World Heritage Site that dates back hundreds of years, and there are plenty of old pubs in Greenwich. When you've got some energy back, take a stroll up the hill in Greenwich Park, for some fantastic views of the London skyline. Then check out the Royal Observatory. The museum covers everything from time-keeping to astronomy, and there is a large planetarium on site with several shows a day (allow for 3 hours in total). After dinner, slowly walk back to hotel to rest and recharge for next day activities.

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