Greenwich Royal Observatory, London

The Greenwich Royal Observatory is situated on a hill in Greenwich Park in East London. It faces the River Thames to the north. The observatory was commissioned in 1675 with the foundation stone being laid on 10 August and its building completion was in 1676.  The building was commonly called “Flamsteed House’’ referring to its first occupant.

History of the Greenwich Royal Observatory

The ordnance office was given the responsibility for building the Observatory. Moore provided the key instruments and equipment for the observatory at his own cost. Flamsteed House, the original part of the Observatory was the first purpose-built scientific research facility in Britain. The original Observatory housed the astronomer royal, his assistant, his family as well as the scientific instruments used.

Major attractions

  1. Eltham Palace and Gardens

It was established by Stephen and Virginia.

  1. Old Royal Naval College

This is a British landmark comprising of the finest buildings in the world.

  1. Peter Harrison Planetarium

Here there are wonders of the night sky with expert commentary.

  1. Cutty Sark

This is the fastest ship in London.

  1. The Queen’s House

This is an international art collection, Inigo Jones’ architectural masterpiece.

  1. City Cruises River Trip
  2. National Maritime Museum

Here there are epic stories of exploration.

  1. Greenwich Market

The market originally sold fruit, vegetables and livestock. Currently, it’s the center of Greenwich shopping life, with shops and stalls.

  1. The Painted Hall

There are extraordinary ceiling and wall decorations were executed by British artist, Sir James.

  1. Now Gallery

This is a free public exhibition space for contempolary art, fashion, photography and design.

  1. Emirates Air Line
  2. Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park is an amazing mix of 17th century landscape, stunning gardens and a rich history.

  1. Royal Arsenal

This is an open space to live.

  1. Greenwich Heritage Centre

This is a Trust collection stored at the Museum Collections and Archive of the Royal borough of Greenwich, in its new home in Chariton.

Activities carried out

  1. There is Iris bar and Helix restaurant at the Gherkin which provides food and alcohol to those who visit there.
  2. The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre

This is a musical place telling the story of two young Mormon missionaries as they try to change the locals, who are more worried about war, famine, poverty and AIDS than religion.

  1. There is a Tower Bridge where there are details about lives of people who were involved in bridge construction. The Tower Bridge uses photographs, films and interactives to bring their stories to life.
  2. There is Old Spitalfields Market with stalls offering fashion, antiques and food. There is also high quality and affordable: deli style dishes, fresh produce, artisan breads and plenty of organic and fair trade products.
  3. There is O2 which is an entertainment venue. It is the world’s most popular music, sport, comedy and entertainment.
  4. Activities to be carried out with kids include:
  • Visiting the Cutty Sark
  • Hope over the meridian line
  • Follow a Treasure Trail
  • Boat trip to Greenwich
  • Ice rink at the Queen’s House.

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