Great Equatorial Encounter

Lift closure

We're making improvements. From 7 to 28 May there will be no lift access to Flamsteed House or the Time and Longitude gallery. The Meridian Line and Gallery will still be accessible via wheelchair. Find out more about accessibility at Royal Museums Greenwich


Essential information

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Date and time: 
2 ,16 August | 12.30pm, 1.10pm, 1.50pm, 2.30pm
Adult: £6 | Concession: £5.40 | Child: £4.80
Royal Observatory

Visit our largest Victorian telescope and experience what it's like to visit the Observatory at night… during the day! 

Come visit the Great Equatorial Telescope in the daytime to find out more about this amazing 1893 Victorian instrument, the people who used it and the science it was used for. This visit includes telescope footage and a virtual reality experience to simulate elements of a night time observing session at the Royal Observatory. An astronomer will be on hand throughout to answer all your queries about the cosmos.

Please note that the telescope is only accessible by stairs. This is not an observing session, but uses footage captured on clear nights.

Age: 7+