Think of a planetarium as a tour bus of the Universe taking you on amazing journeys to explore and experience the wonders of the night sky.
Combining real images from spacecraft and telescopes with advanced CGI, all projected onto a fully immersive dome, the Planetarium can fly you into the heart of the Sun, transport you to distant galaxies, show you the birth of a star or land you on Mars.
The Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich is now London’s only planetarium, and features state-of-the-art HD projection technology, visualisations based on real scientific data and real astronomers.
New shows throughout the day – now better and brighter than ever. Experience a spectacular journey across the Universe at the Peter Harrison Planetarium.
|• FREE entry for Members |
• Adults: £6.50 | Concessions: £5.50
• Children under 16: £4.50 (Under-3s FREE)
• Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £20.00;
(1 adult, 2 children): £14.50
You can also buy an Extended Astro Ticket (combined Royal Observatory admission + Planetarium ticket + Ships, Clocks & Stars exhibition).
We strongly advise pre-booking to avoid disappointment. You can buy tickets online until midnight the day before your visit, or on-site, or by calling 020 8312 6608 up to 2 hours before the show.
The Peter Harrison Planetarium is in Greenwich Park at the top of a steep hill. Walking time from Greenwich Station / Cutty Sark DLR is about 25 mins, or 20 mins from National Maritime Museum. Pay & display parking is available on Blackheath Avenue. See how to get here.
Please leave enough time as unfortunately latecomers cannot be admitted. Aim to arrive at the Planetarium at least 10 mins before the show’s starting time, particularly at weekends and holidays.
Access to the Planetarium is via the Astronomy Centre in the Royal Observatory South Building – see floor plans.
The Planetarium is fitted with an induction loop system. See Access provision.
Current exhibition: Longitude Punk'd
Explore this exclusive exhibition of eccentric inventions inspired by the 18th-century quest for longitude, specially created by steampunk luminaries including award-winning novelist Robert Rankin – exuberantly blurring the boundaries between art and science, fact and fiction.
Now open at the Royal Observatory – Find out more
The Sky Tonight is presented live by an astronomer.
All other shows are pre-recorded.
Ages: All shows recommended for ages 5+ (under-5s will be admitted). Space Safari is a special show for ages 7 and under.
Weekends, school and public holidays
Christmas holidays: 20 Dec 2014–4 Jan 2015
(closed 24–26 Dec)
|11.00||Space Safari - live show for under-7s. Join Ted the Teddy Bear as he journeys through the solar system.|
|11.45||Dark Universe - an amazing visual experience exploring what we know and what we don’t know about the Universe.|
|12.30||Sky Tonight: Christmas Stars - see what the night sky has to offer over the Christmas period, presented live by a Royal Observatory astronomer.|
|14.00||Sky Tonight: Christmas Stars|
|15.30||Sky Tonight: Christmas Stars|
|Monday, Wednesday, Friday||Meet the Neighbours|
|Thursday||Solar System, Galaxy, Universe|
|15.30||Monday–Friday*||Sky Tonight: Christmas Stars|
* The Planetarium is closed on the first Tuesday of every month for essential maintenance (except August and during Easter).