The Greenwich site

Greenwich, with London in the distance c.1680. The Observatory is depicted on the left, the River Thames on the right. Unknown artist (Yale Center for British Art)

 

As a working institution, the Royal Observatory was located at the centre of Greenwich Park from the time of its founding in 1675 until the start of its move to Herstmonceux in the late 1940s. Parts of the site remained operational until late 1957.

Today, the buildings and  grounds are a Scheduled Ancient Monument at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are in the care of the National Maritime Museum.

If you are unfamiliar with the Observatory and its history it may helpful to start by reading:

A brief history of the Observatory.

 

Location map

Location: Blackheath Avenue, London SE10 8XJ

 

Buildings and grounds

Buildings
Grounds and Gardens
Building and site plans

 

Historic locations

The changing nomenclature of the Observatory buildings
Historic locations of the chronometer rooms
Historic locations of the library
The astronomical regulators and their historic locations
Inventories

 

In pictures

Aerial Views
Stereoviews
Magic Lantern slides
Old Postcards
Newsreels and historic movie clips

 

Specific events and activities

Burial places of the first nine Astronomers Royal
The Royal Observatory Hockey Club
The anarchist Bomb of 1894
Wartime (WW1 & 2)
Charitable garden parties
Visit of the International Hydrographic Conference, 26 June 1919
The Royal visit on the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Observatory, 26 July 1925
Visit of the King of Afghanistan, 22 March 1928
Unveiling of the Wolfe Statue, 5 June 1930


Other information

Many aspects of the Observatory’s administration and work are covered under separate more general headings which can be accessed via the tabs to the left of this page.