The Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory Sign

I find time an absolutely fascinating subject, so I was thrilled to be making my way around the Royal Observatory.  As well as getting to see a live projected birds eye view of Greenwich from The Camera Obscura, you can also see some truly beautiful and utterly brilliant pieces of engineering which harness time, longitude and the positions of the stars.

Clockwork, Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory stands on the Prime Meridian. This is the line that divides the earth’s eastern and western hemispheres and is the point where the measure of time begins. Believe me, standing on this line is as cool as it sounds.

Meridian Line

The whole experience was engaging from start to finish, and the Observatory even has an ice cream van outside – an essential staple of any summer day-out. I was also lucky enough to spot a live debate with the onsite Einstein, who was battling out theories of time with the staff!

World at Royal Observatory

Getting into the swing of things I stopped off at the ever popular Goddards at Greenwich for one of Britain’s favourite comfort food classics, pie and mash. Cheerful, and cheap, Goddards is traditionally decorated with wooden benches, shiny cream tiles and bottle green panels, complete with chandeliers.

Collage 2

The staff are friendly and welcoming, and you can’t help but feel like a local. Enjoying my home comfort food and thinking about the Royal Observatory, I was delighted that I’d chosen Greenwich for a day out.

Alison Grice Selfie
– By Alison Grice, our guest blogger for September

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