Experiences and Event Enhancements

Exclusively discover the history of our magnificent venues. There is an array of history and art to discover at Greenwich with experiences and ways to enhance your event.

Bespoke Tours

There is a choice five tours across our sites aimed at our collections and historic buildings that make up the UNESCO world heritage site.

At The Cutty Sark guest will be transported through this historic tea Clipper learning about its extraordinary journeys, life on board and its extensive restoration.

The Queen’s House was reopened after a refurbishment to commemorate its 400th anniversary in 2016 and offers two tours. Historic tours focus on its classical features and its architectural importance as the last surviving piece of Greenwich’s Royal Palace. The Queen’s house also hosts a number of important artworks by artists such as Gainsborough, Rubens, Van de Veldes, Hogarth and Thornhill. We have also recently acquired the famous Armada painting of Elizabeth I. Art tours will also include the new artwork but Turner Prize winner Richard Wright.

Bespoke tours at The Royal Observatory covers the history of time and naval navigation looking at some of the earliest sextants that were used to map the stars by some of the first astronomer Royals. Included in this tour will also be John Harrison’s H4 timekeepers, some of the most important clocks ever made as it allowed sailors to navigate at sea.

Finally, The National Maritime Museum tour covers an array of Naval and Maritime History allowing guests to view collections including figureheads, Nelson’s coat from the battle of Trafalgar as well as the aluminium speed boat Miss Britain III.

 

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Character Actors

As well as tours, Royal Museums Greenwich offers character actors to welcome, entertain guests and bring life and an immersive experience whether on Cutty Sark, The Queen’s House, Royal Observatory or The National Maritime Museum. Character Actors can meet and greet guests, make speeches and conduct tours or are happy to interact with guests as part of performances or ice breakers. 

 

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Telescope viewings

At the Royal Observatory we have a number working telescopes that can be made available for guests to view and use with the guidance of one of our dedicated astronomy team. Smaller telescope or solar telescope viewing can take place on Cutty Sark’s main deck, The Royal Observatory’s meridian courtyard or the Museum Colonnades. Greenwich’s Royal Observatory is also home to the largest refracting telescope in the UK completed in 1863, to see the Great Equatorial telescope is an amazing experience and exclusive experience for guests.

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Planetarium Show

Greenwich is home to London’s only Planetarium. Guests can be treated to a private planetarium show whether that be Meet the neighbours, The Sky to Tonight or Phantom Universe. It is a immersive experience led by one of our talented astronomers who will transport guests into the universe. For an additional fee guests can personalise the show whether they would like to be transported to a distant planet or constellation or fly to the heart of the sun it is a great enhancement to an event or standalone experience.

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Capacities and Timings 

Activity

Venue

Timings

Capacity

Great Equatorial Telescope Viewings

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30 - 45 minutes

Max 35 x Guests

Standard Planetarium Show

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30 - 45 minutes

Max 132 x Guests

Bespoke Planetarium Show (Includes coding)

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Depends on clients  needs

Max 132 x Guests

Small Telescope Viewings

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30 minutes

Max 15 x guests per Telescope

Solar Telescope Viewings

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30 minutes

Max 15 x guests per Telescope

Meteorite Handling Sessions

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30 minutes

Max 15 x guests per Telescope

Altazimuth Building Telescope Viewing

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30 - 45 minutes

Max 12 x guests per Telescope

Family Session

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30 minutes

Max 35 x guests per Telescope

VR Headset Sessions

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Drop in for Drinks Receptions

Max 12 x guests per Astronomer

Astronomy Talks

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30 mins - 1 hour

Venue dependant

Tour Guides

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45 minutes - 1 hour

Max 25 x Guests

Character Actors

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Event dependant

Venue dependant