The Royal Observatory of Greenwich is part of the Greenwich world heritage site and is situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames. It is an ensemble of listed historic buildings and at the heart of it is a bronze clad cone shaped building located which houses the new planetarium. This small but impressive project by London based architects - Allies and Morrison - uses its abstract form to carefully insert itself into an otherwise highly contested historic site. Besides housing some new educational/exhibition facilities the project also upgrades the southern portion of the Royal Observatory site and reconfigures its landscape.
* Last admission is 30 minutes before closing
How to get there?
The new extension to the Docklands Light Railway provides a frequent public transport link into Maritime Greenwich from -
* London (Bank), for the Underground
* Tower Gateway, (Tower of London)
* Lewisham, for South Eastern Trains service connections
* Stratford, for One Great Eastern, One Anglia and Silverlink trains
* Limehouse, for c2c Rail
Nearest DLR station to the Museum is Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich.