“Visit the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. Stand on the world’s Prime Meridian, take an awe-inspiring journey through space and discover the home of Greenwich Mean Time”
"Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs are welcome across all our sites.
Our Visitor Assistants are also trained in disability awareness, so please ask a member of staff for any assistance you may need during your visit. "General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Assistance animal welcome
- Accessibility aware and friendly staff
- Wheelchair hire available
"Access at the royal observatory is limited to the Meridian line, Meridian building ground floor, Astronomer's Garden and Camera Obscura, with no disabled access to the older, Grade I listed buildings including Flamstead House and Great Equatorial telescope.
The Royal Observatory and Peter Harrison Planetarium are at the top of a steep hill in Greenwich Park. There are two routes through Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory and Planetarium and these are signposted from the Sammy Ofer Wing park gates.
- The main walking route follows the path directly up the hill and takes up to 13 minutes. This includes a short pause to take in the view of the city halfway up the path.
- The less steep route, which we particularly recommend for wheelchair users, takes approximately 25 minutes. This timing is based on an adult pushing an adult wheelchair-user and taking a short break along the route.
The Astronomy Centre galleries and the Planetarium are fully accessible via lift. Mobility scooters may be too large for lift access and visitors are requested to ask a member of staff on duty for assistance. Wheelchair spaces at the Planetarium are limited and pre-booking is recommended.
Some of the older parts of the Royal Observatory have restricted access: the Octagon Room is only accessible via a staircase, as is the Great Equatorial Telescope, and Flamsteed House apartments are not recommended for wheelchair-users due to the narrow interior; wheelchair access to the Time Galleries in Flamsteed House is normally by an external lift in the Astronomer's Garden.
All Royal Museums Greenwich sites have accessible toilets, and our cafes and gift shops are wheelchair-accessible.
Wheelchairs can be borrowed from museum information desks on the day of your visit, but we recommend booking these in advance, due to limited availability, by emailing ."