Visit the royal observatory greenwich to stand on the historic prime meridian of the world see the home of greenwich mean time gmt and experience londons only planetarium. Royal observatory greenwich is easily accessible from central london visitors can arrive by train a light rail known as the dlr or by boat there are several stations nearby the observatory including the cutty sark dlr stop greenwich pier and three rail stations greenwich blackheath and maze hill. Fully revised this official guidebook to the royal observatory greenwich details the home of time that has been at the heart of nautical astronomy since the late 17th century when charles ii commissioned christopher wren to design a building in which the first astronomer royal john flamsteed could determine the longitude of places. The royal observatory greenwich is the home of greenwich mean time and the prime meridian of the world making it the official starting point for each new day and year radmila topalovic is astronomy programs officer at the royal observatory in greenwich she holds a phd in space dust. Amidst the peak of the very famous greenwich park the royal observatory can be seen nestled in its central lap the observatory gives assurance to its visitors an educational experience which is worth visiting
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