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Royal Observatory and Peter Harrison Planetarium

Park Row, Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

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About this venue

Stand astride the historic Prime Meridian where east meets west, and take your place at the centre of the world Uncover the history of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and see clocks and timepieces that have literally changed the world. Take an awe inspiring journey into space with our astronomers and unravel the mysteries of the cosmos at London's planetarium.

Access Guide

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Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Greenwich.
  • The nearest underground station is Cutty Sark.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 17:00.

Outside Access (Flamsteed)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the Flamsteed building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in) wide.

Level Change (Flamsteed)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located at the main entrance.
  • There is / are 5 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.

Inside Access (Flamsteed)

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are medium.

Museum

  • Exhibits cannot be audio described.
  • Tactile signage for exhibits is not available.
  • The availability of tactile signage does not depend on exhibition.
  • Touch tours are available.
  • The availability of touch tours depends on exhibition.
  • Video tours are not available.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Concessions are available.
  • There is not a wheelchair to borrow.

Lift (Flamsteed)

  • The lift is located within the astronomers garden.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B - G - UG.
  • The lift is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Meridian entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • Comments View
    • This is an external lift.
    • The access to the lift consists of uneven surfaces.
    • The lift to access the Endeavor Room is identical to this.

Level Change (Octagon Room)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located within the Flamsteed building.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Standard Toilet(s) (Flamsteed)

  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilets are located ouside the Flamsteed entrance.
    • The female and male toilets are 3m (3yd 10in) from the the Flamsteed entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Level Change (Standard Toilets)

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are located either side of the Flamsteed entrance.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is / are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.

Outside Access (Meridian building)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the Meridian building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in) wide.

Level Change (Meridian building)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the right of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located at the threshold.
  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.

Other Floors (Meridian Building)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G - 1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is not a landing.
    • The lighting level is medium.
  • Other View
    • The services on the floors which are not accessible are the Time and Society exhibition.

Outside Access (South building)

  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 135cm (4ft 5in) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 165cm (5ft 5in) wide.

Lift (South Building)

  • The lift is located to the left.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG - G - 1.
  • The clear door width is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 187cm x 110cm (6ft 2in x 3ft 7in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Reception (Planetarium)

  • The reception desk is 10m (32ft 10in) from the internal planeterium entrance.
  • There is not level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is high height.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access (Planetarium)

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Level Change (Planeterium)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located on the corridor toward the Planeterium.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Eating and Drinking (South Building Cafe)

  • The bar does serve food.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 5m (16ft 5in) from the south building courtyard.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Menus are hand held only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is generally on duty.
  • Staff are trained to BSL level 1.
  • Staff are not Text Relay aware.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Plastic cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.
  • Children are welcomed at the venue.