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:
Location: Blackheath Avenue, London SE10 8XJ
Burial places of the first nine Astronomers Royal
Christie’s ‘Lady Computers’ – the Astrographic pioneers of Greenwich
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
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.