School visits: Royal Observatory

A school visit to the Royal Observatory offers students an inspiring, curriculum-linked experience, with unparalleled opportunities to meet astronomers, engage with cutting-edge science and explore big ideas. 

We offer a wide range of facilities for visiting schools including the award-winning Time Galleries, the interactive Weller Astronomy Galleries, the Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust Learning Centre and the Peter Harrison Planetarium. 

Booking school visits

Pre-booking is essential - contact our Bookings team: 

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What you can choose from on your visit

We offer three types of very flexible visit day: a Discovery Day, a Space Spectacular Day and a Study Day (secondary only).  

Depending on the key stage and what you choose your visit can be made of: a planetarium show, an interactive workshop or science theatre show, a masterclass, a self-facilitated visit to the Weller Astronomy Galleries, a drama session in the Great Equatorial Telescope dome and a time-slot in the lunch room.  

Find out more about our schools programme

Check out our programme guides for more details on how to plan your visit:

PDF iconPrimary programme guide 2016-17

PDF iconSecondary programme guide 2016-17

PDF iconROG schools secondary programme guide 2016-17

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has been selected as the specified site for the Restoration England portion of the 2018 specification.  

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Royal Observatory classroom resources

We have a huge selection of resources to choose from that can be used before or after your visit.  They include: classroom activities, videos, blogs, podcasts and even the chance to video chat with an astronomer.

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Everything you need to know to plan your school visit