Historians are not absolutely sure who invented the telescope, but it is known that in 1608 a Dutch spectacle maker, Hans Lipperhey, announced a new lens-based seeing instrument that made distant objects appear much closer. Since then, the telescope has evolved as a key scientific instrument that has changed our perception of the world and the universe around us.
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
Daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day
Venue Details & Map
Greenwich ParkGreenwichLondonSE10 9NF
- +44 (0)20 8312 6565
- Public transport:
- DLR – Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich* By boat – from most central London piers)* Bus 53 from Oxford Circus stops at park gates. * 15 minute walk through park to Observatory.