Greenwich Royal Observatory & Cutty Sark
Greenwich Royal Observatory Experience and Cutty Sark combined ticket
A top-10 UK visitor attraction, Royal Museums Greenwich is home to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the iconic historic sailing ship Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House art gallery. All our attractions are located within easy walking distance of each other within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the Royal Observatory Greenwich to stand on the historic Prime Meridian of the World, see the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and explore your place in the universe at London's only planetarium. The historic Royal Observatory is the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Enter the Meridian Courtyard to get your essential photo standing on the Meridian Line and explore some of the oldest parts of the site including the Astronomer Royal's house.
It's a time honoured tradition for visitors to Greenwich to make the pilgrimage up the hill in Greenwich Park and get their photo taken on the official Prime Meridian Line - will you join in the fun?
Since the late 19th century, the Prime Meridian at Greenwich has served as the reference line for GMT. The world's prime meridian divides the eastern and western hemispheres of the earth - just as the equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres. In 1884 the Prime Meridian was defined by Transit Circle telescope at the Royal Observatory which was built by Sir George Biddell Airy, the 7th Astronomer Royal, in 1850. The cross-hairs in the eyepiece of the telescope precisely defined Longitude 0° for the world.
Visit the Planetarium and Astronomy Centre at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and take an awe inspiring journey into space. We're home to London's only planetarium where you can meet our astronomers and journey through the universe from the comfort of your seat, unravel the mysteries of the cosmos at the free interactive Weller Astronomy Galleries, see stunning images of space from all around the world at our annual Insight Astronomy Photography of the Year competition and get your hands on our 4.5 billion year-old meteorite.
Discover what life was like on board the real Cutty Sark, the world's sole surviving tea clipper, and fastest ship of her time - now an award-winning visitor attraction in Greenwich. This legendary 19th-century sailing ship has been raised over three metres allowing you the jaw-dropping experience of walking directly underneath and touching the original hull planks and iron framework, which date back to 1869.
Reach up and touch the beautiful, gleaming copper hull of the tea clipper Cutty Sark. To preserve the unique shape of Cutty Sark's hull and relieve the pressure on the keel, Cutty Sark was lifted over three metres (10 feet) as part of the 2006-2012 Conservation Project. It was no small effort to achieve this - but you'll agree it was worth it when you walk underneath Cutty Sark and gaze upwards to find yourself dwarfed by 963 tons of beautifully conserved Victorian tea clipper. Possibly most striking is the gleaming hull, covered in copper alloy sheathing of 70% copper and 30% zinc. If you can reach, you are welcome to touch.
Cutty Sark's hull was innovative for its composite design, which combined wooden planks with an iron 'skeleton' of frames, beams and cross bracing. The result was a very strong, rigid ship, with more room for cargo, because the iron framework took up substantially less space than a wholly wooden hull. Originally the hull was covered in Muntz metal, a composite that was developed in Birmingham. The current sheathing has the same appearance, but is more readily available today.
Depart for home Approx. 17.30
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.