Quingo Accessible Attractions: The Royal Observatory, London

Quingo Scooters are always encouraging users to get out and about to visit interesting or unusual places on their mobility scooters, especially places that you didn’t think were accessible enough.

Over our series of blog posts we’ve been sharing with you some extremely accessible attractions to explore on your mobility scooter. Today we’re looking at the stars as we head to Greenwich, London.


The Royal Observatory

Playing a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, The Royal Observatory is situated on a hill in Greenwich Park overlooking the River Thames. It is most famous for being the location of the prime meridian, a geographical coordinate system at which longitude is defined to be 0°.

Voted a top 10 visitor attraction in London, the Observatory was historically commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II, with the foundation stone being laid on 10 August. The Royal Observatory sits on a site chosen by Sir Christopher Wren back in 1675, and today it’s a place where you can go and explore your place in the universe.


What is there to do?

  • Prime MeridianYou can’t visit the Observatory without having your photo taken on the official Prime Meridian Line! Since the late 19th century, Prime Meridian has been the reference line for GMT, and divides the eastern and western hemispheres of the earth. This is similar to how the equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres. You can take your selfie on the Meridian Line from 10am to 5pm daily.
  • Planetarium – Asteroid: Mission Extreme – This is definitely an extraordinary experience not to be missed. Perfect for the whole family, here you can go on an epic journey of the universe and delve deeper into the dangers and opportunities presented by asteroids. You can find out what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid, and how such an adventure could benefit humankind. There’s always a different kind of Planetarium show on at the Royal Observatory, so check here to see what’s on when you plan to go.  


The majority of the Royal Observatory is fully accessible – this includes main attractions such as Prime Meridian. The Planetarium building is also fully accessible, and has a spacious room for a mobility scooter inside.

A steep footpath leads up to the Royal Observatory from Greenwich Park, however you may wish to take the accessible alternative road inside the park which is signposted. You can also stop halfway to take in a great view of the city.

There is a good sized accessible toilet in the Observatory, and there is a selection of accessible cafes and restaurants. All the information you’ll need, including ticket prices and opening times, can be found on the Royal Observatory website.

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