Camera Obscura

Essential information

Opening times: 
10am-5pm daily
Admission: 
Ticketed
Location: 
Royal Observatory, Camera Obscura, Meridian Courtyard

Watch a fascinatingly intricate camera obscura showing Greenwich and the Thames in real time.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich camera obscura is housed in a small summerhouse in the Meridian Courtyard.

There have been a number of camera obscuras at Greenwich, dating from the late 17th century till the mid-19th century. The current one was installed in 1994 and shows a close-up, moving panorama of Greenwich and the Thames, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Naval College.

View from Camera Obscura at Royal Observatory, Greenwich
View from Camera Obscura at Royal Observatory, Greenwich