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The Royal Observatory is home to Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian line dividing the hemispheres, making it one of the most important historic scientific sites in the world. It was founded by Charles II and built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1675 on a hill in the middle of Greenwich Park. In the Meridian Courtyard, you can straddle both hemispheres across the Prime Meridian. Now a detached part of the National Maritime Museum, it houses an impressive display and a recently-built planetarium. The Camera Obscura is particularly cool - you can spy on the roads and surroundings in perspective inside a dark room.

Royal Observatory Greenwich and Nearby Attractions on Map

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Greenwich(0.8 km)
Greenwich Park is one of London's largest parks, spread over 74 hectares on a hill rising up from Greenwich town centre.

Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park(0.1 km)
Situated on a hill rising up from Greenwich town centre, with impressive views from the hilltop across the River Thames to Docklands and the City of London.

The National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum(0.7 km)
The National Maritime Museum houses the UK's national collection of Martime artifacts tracing its seafaring history and is the largest of its kind in the world.

Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College(0.8 km)

The Royal Naval College

The Royal Naval College(0.8 km)
The Royal Naval College was built on the site of the Greenwich Palace by Christopher Wren in 1694, when it was called the Greenwich Royal Hospital for Seamen for the relief and support of seamen and their dependents.

The Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark(1 km)
The Cutty Sark was a preserved tea and wool clipper built in 1869 which set the record for passage from Australia under sail.

Royal Waterman's Alms Houses

Royal Waterman's Alms Houses(1.4 km)
The Royal Waterman's Alms Houses were Victorian almshouses built in 1840-'41 for the retired Watermen and Lightermen of River Thames, and later converted into private residences.

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