Home to London’s only planetarium and the Meridian Line, the Royal Observatory is a special attraction. A mix of time and space and panoramic views of London stretching from the O2 to the City and beyond makes the Royal Observatory a great place to visit.
You can see the Great Equatorial Telescope which has been used by many famous astronomers. Between September and February, the Royal Observatory also houses the annual Astronomy Photographers of the Year exhibition which exhibits the winners’ and runners ups’ photos. There is even a kids’ category and so be prepared to be wowed by talented twelve year olds. Your kids may even be inspired to take part next year.
In the planetarium you can watch a number of guided tours through space, these range from the Space Safari for under 7s to more grown up shows for older children. Shows are ticketed and so it is best to buy in advance online, especially at peak times like holidays and half-term.
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