Opening hours

Please note: regular opening times are listed on this page. Occasional unavoidable closures to parts of the site for maintenance and events are posted in latest visitor information.

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival venue opening times - 5-9 September 2014

Friday 5 SeptemberSaturday 6 and Sunday 7 SeptemberMonday 8 September
Cutty Sark 10.00–18.00
Maritime Museum 10.00–19.00
The Queen’s House 10.00–18.00
Royal Observatory 10.00–18.00
Cutty Sark 10.00–19.00
Maritime Museum 10.00–19.00
The Queen’s House 10.00–18.00
Royal Observatory 10.00–18.00
Cutty Sark 10.00–1800
Maritime Museum 10.00–18.00
The Queen’s House 10.00–18.00
Royal Observatory 10.00–18.00

General opening times 

LocationOpening timesLast admission
National Maritime Museum: Sammy Ofer Wing and ground floor galleries - including Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude
(see floor plans)
Monday–Sunday
(see Thursday below)
10.00–18.00*
Onsite ticket sales for Ships, Clocks & Stars end 30 mins before closing
Thursday late closing*10.00–20.00
National Maritime Museum:
first and second floor galleries
Monday–Sunday10.00–17.00
Queen's HouseMonday–Sunday10.00–17.00
Royal Observatory: Flamsteed House & Meridian Courtyard - including Longitude Punk'dMonday–Sunday10.00–18.0017.30
Royal Observatory: Astronomy Centre (including Planetarium**)Monday–Sunday10.00–17.0016.30
Cutty SarkMonday–Sunday10.00–18.0017.00
Museum Café
(Sammy Ofer Wing)
Monday–Sunday10.00–17.00*16.30
The BrasserieLunch (Monday–Saturday)12.00–15.0014.30
Sunday Lunch12.00–17.0016.30
Dinner (Wednesday–Saturday)17.00–23.00Last table booking 21.00
Caird Library***
See also Visiting the Library
Monday–Wednesday, Friday
(closed bank holidays)
10.00–16.4516.30
Thursday10.00–19.4519.30
Saturday10.00–13.00;
14.00–16.45
16.30

* Thursday late closing: The Sammy Ofer Wing and ground floor galleries of the National Maritime Museum (including the Shop and Museum Café) stay open late till 20.00 on Thursdays.
** There is a 17.00 planetarium show on weekends and holidays. See also Planetarium show times below.
*** Library and Archive Christmas closures: the Caird Library will close to readers at 16.45 on Saturday 20 December and will re-open at 10.00 on Monday 29 December.  The Caird Library will be closed on Thursday 1 January.

Closures: All Museum venues are closed 24–26 December, close early on 31 December and open at midday on 1 January. For details of all other temporary closures please see Latest visitor information.

Summer opening hours, 25 July–31 August

Summer late opening applies from Friday 25 July to Sunday 31 August inclusive. The following areas will stay open until 18.00 daily:

  • National Maritime Museum: ground floor and Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition (Thursday late opening until 20.00 still applies)
  • Royal Observatory: Flamsteed House and Meridian Courtyard, including Longitude Punk'd exhibition (last entry 17.30)
  • Cutty Sark (last entry 17.00)

All other areas close at 17.00 as normal.

Free entry for Members

Admission costs

Pre-book your tickets now for Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory (Flamsteed House and Meridian Line) and jump the queue on visiting.

Location Members Adults (16+) Children (age 5–15) Concessions
(see below)
Family
(2 adults, up to 2 children)
Family
(1 adult,
up to 2 children)
Big ticket:*
Cutty Sark + Royal Observatory admission + Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition
FREE £18.50
(£16.80 without Voluntary donation)
£8.50
(£7.70 without Voluntary donation)
Under-5s free
£15.50
(£13.95 without Voluntary donation)
£43
(£39 without Voluntary donation)
£28
(£25.20 without Voluntary donation)
Cutty Sark
(see also Big Ticket above)
- Buy now
FREE £13.50
(£12.15 without Voluntary donation)
£7
(£6.30 without Voluntary donation)
Under-5s free
£11.50
(£10.35 without Voluntary donation)
£35
(£31.50 without Voluntary donation)
£24
(£21.60 without Voluntary donation)
Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude*
– now open
Ticket includes Royal Observatory admission and entry to Longitude Punk'd exhibition – Buy now
FREE £8.50
(£7.70 without Voluntary donation)
£4
(£3.60 without Voluntary donation)
Under-5s free
£7.50
(£6.75 without Voluntary donation)
£22
(£19.80 without Voluntary donation)
£14
(£12.60 without Voluntary donation)
National Maritime Museum** FREE Free Free Free Free Free
Queen's House** FREE Free Free Free Free Free
Afternoon tea at the Queen's House
Every Sunday and selected Saturdays, 13 July–28 Sept
10% discount for Members £22 Afternoon tea;
£27.50 Prosecco tea;
£30 Tea & tour;
£35.50 Prosecco tea & tour
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Royal Observatory - Astronomy Centre** FREE Free Free Free Free Free
Royal Observatory - Flamsteed House and Meridian Courtyard*
now includes entry to Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition at the National Maritime Museum
- Buy your ticket
See also Big Ticket above and Astro Ticket below

FREE

£8.50
(£7.70 without Voluntary donation)

£4.00
(£3.60 without Voluntary donation)
Under-5s free

£7.50
(£6.75 without voluntary donation)
Trade voucher scheme applies***
£22
(£19.80 without voluntary donation)
£14
(£12.60 without Voluntary donation)
Peter Harrison Planetarium
(planetarium shows)
See also Astro ticket below

FREE

£6.50

£4.50
Under-3s free

£5.50 £22 £14
Extended Astro Ticket*: Royal Observatory admission + Ships, Clocks & Stars + planetarium show. You can buy Astro tickets via the pages for each planetarium show (listed here) FREE £12.50 £6.50 £11.00 £33.00 £22.00

Prices include voluntary donation.

* Big Ticket / Royal Observatory admission / Ships, Clocks & Stars ticket / Extended Astro ticket: each of these tickets allows single visits to each of the attractions and shows covered by the ticket, valid for 30 days from purchase.

** Admission charges apply to some special exhibitions and events. Read our conditions.

*** Travel trade groups are required to register for to receive special group rates, trade vouchers and benefits. To register please fill in and return the application form (PDF). Find out more about group visits. Sign up to our newsletter for quarterly updates on travel trade news.

Concessions

Where there is a charge, concessions apply to the following categories:

  • Seniors 60+
  • Students 16+
  • Unemployed (ES40 holders)
  • Visitors with disabilities
  • Companions of visitors with disabilities
  • Tour Guides if not part of a booked group (Blue Badge, Tour guides, Greenwich Guides, Clerkenwell Guides)
  • Greenwich Card holders
  • Members of related organizations (e.g. maritime and naval museums)

Planetarium show times

Weekly schedule

Weekends, school and public holidays

Summer holidays start 26 July

Time Show Length Time Show Length
11.00 Space Safari 20 mins 14.45 Back to the Moon for Good 25 mins
11.45 Back to the Moon for Good 25 mins 15.30 Sky Tonight 25 mins
12.30 Sky Tonight 25 mins 16.15* Back to the Moon for Good 25 mins
13.15 Back to the Moon for Good 25 mins 17.00 Sky Tonight 25 mins
14.00 Sky Tonight 25 mins      

Weekdays (term-time)

Time Day Show
12.45,
13.45
Monday, Wednesday Meet the Neighbours
Tuesday** Space Safari
Thursday, Friday Solar System, Galaxy, Universe
14.45 Monday–Friday** Back to the Moon for Good
15.30 Monday–Friday** Sky Tonight
16.15 Monday–Friday** Back to the Moon for Good

All shows FREE to Members

* There will be no 16.15 show on Thursday 28 August.

** The Planetarium is closed on the first Tuesday of every month for essential maintenance (except August and during Easter).

The Sky Tonight is presented live by an astronomer. All other shows are pre-recorded. Please see Planetarium shows for more information.

Ages: All shows recommended for ages 5+ (under-5s will be admitted). Space Safari is a special show for ages 7 and under.