Greenwich Royal Observatory & Park (London - England)

Yet another must visit place in London that comes under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is Greenwich. Quite a few places come under this incl the Historic Town Centre, Queen's House, Royal Hospital, Royal Observatory, Royal Park.

I strolled across the gorgeous park and visited just the Royal Observatory. The Queen's House was closed for renovation and by the time I came out of the Royal Observatory, it was late evening to see anything else! It was a slightly rainy day that made the park and landscape exquisite. The best part indeed the rainbow over the Queen's House.

The park is a huge spacious land originally used by Henry VIII for deer hunting. This was planned and laid out by André Le Nôtre. This is an uneven landscape, made perfectly symmetrical by the architect with a slightly elevated hillock where the Royal Observatory is located. A very slight hike on a slopey terrain is needed which is absolutely nothing at all, but was very scary with my high heels on a rainy day!!!  
The Royal Observatory was built in 1675 to study astronomy, seas, time etc. It is here where the Prime Meridian is. At the entrance is the Shepherd Clock which is a huge 24 hr clock and also a sample 1 ft, 2 feet, and 1 yard measured to perfection.
Further in are several rooms filled with various clocks, measuring and astronomical devices developed since 16th C, a perfect delight for school students! 

Obviously the most important section here is Prime Meridian line which is the 0.0 Longitude. Its laid out on the ground with a long steel strip and yeah, that's me standing close to the 'Bombay' point. This line goes throughout London. A point dedicated to Indian King Ashoka can be spotted close to the O2. 

Parellel to this line in the ground, is a laser light stream on the sky. In winters this green light line can be seen tearing across London's skyline. 
I'd say the best time to see the place is in winters because not only the green laser light is visible but also the city scape looks with all its glory from above here!

Entry ticket: £9.50
Combo tickets available with Cutty Sark, Thames Clippers, Queen's House etc.

P.S: Check out here to know what I wore to this place!

To Get There:
Nearest Railway Station: North Greenwich or Canary Wharf

Dedicated to Venkat 

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

17 comments:

  1. It will definitely be an amazing experience and love that rainbow shot over the Queen's palace.
    I am always fascinated with these heritage sites all over the world.

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  2. Greenwich is just lovely! You are right. The best part is the rainbow over the Queen's house. Just too bad that the Queen's house was closed for renovation when you went there. I am definitely adding Greenwich to my must go to places in London.

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  3. Astronomy reminds me of horoscope as well as Harry Potter! And it's in London! Even closer to Harry Potter world~

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  4. That shot of the Queen's house with the rainbow is awesome! I wouldn't mind going here, no matter what the weather is like. It sounds like an amazing place to tour. I will definitely take my time in the observatory.

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  5. I hope to be able to visit this geographically important place. We always hear of Greenwich as the location of the Prime Meridian, but the chance to visit it seems so distant.

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  6. That's soooo cool, standing on the Prime Meridian, seeing up close the line that helps us section the earth!The other places in Greenwich are really nice as well.

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  7. Awesome!!! Oh how I wished to be able to visit such place. The way you captured all the great and stunning views of pictures you have, I must say that this place is a must visit indeed!

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  8. Every time I read your posts, the more I want to go to London. That photo of the rainbow is breathtaking! I really, really hope I get to visit this place someday. -Claire Algarme

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  9. Awesome! London is a must place to visit with all these beautiful places. Great post

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  10. This is a magnificent place to tour. The pix of the Queen house with the rainbow effect is Epic. Love that shot.

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  11. I love the last photo and it makes the visit at the Greenwich observatory worth it. There are a lot of wonderful scenery here too.

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  12. Heritage sites makes me really travel back in time. They also have this ancient, mysterious feel about them.London skyline photos are amazing.

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  13. Oh it looks beautiful there and that night time shot was awesome! There are so many more places I need to visit that another trip back to London is a must.

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  14. youve captured the scene with the rainbow very beautifully. london is amazing.

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  15. amazing place in london. the Historic Town Centre, Queen's House, Royal Hospital, Royal Observatory, Royal Park.

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  16. For all the times I have been to London I have never stopped off hear. We will be doing next time. you have captured it perfectly.

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  17. Awesome. To be where time starts... :)

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