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Greenwich and mobility issues

My elderly parents are planning a day trip to Greenwich. I know they want to see the observatory, but from what I understand, it is up a long hill. As they have problems negotiating hill walks, any suggestions? I have never been there so don't know if there are any accommodations there for people with mobility issues.
Thank you!

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I'm fairly certain that taxis are allowed to go right up the front entrance. I vaguely remember that there were a line of taxi waiting around when I walked up there.

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Since Michael unscrews me at least once a week, go with what he says. It's been at least three years since I've taken anybody up there, but I swear to Pete that it's Horrible Hill, the left turn, then a right along a narrower area that goes up to where you hook a right to get to the courtyard with the IDL. On the other hand, I can't remember what I had for supper. What I can remember is that, once you get inside, there's lots on steps as you do the loop, but there are elevators if you snoop around.

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Yikes! That's a long, darn hill. What makes it worse is the one stretch with a really mean grade. I'm a walker and thirty a day tires me out, but doesn't kill me. That short stretch tears something up in my back so bad that I have to stop two or three times. I've never seen anything helpful moving up or down, but I've seen service vehicles at the top. There's got to be some kind of solution. If they're even slightly interested at all, they're going to be overwhelmed when they see it. EDIT : New vision, old brain. There's a longer, easier path that forks off to the right before the stinking hill. The whole complex is part of the Royal Museums Greenwich. Part of it is the Old Naval War College which is now the National Maritime Museum. It's at the bottom. Somewhere close to the entrance they have wheelchairs for rent. Google around on RMG or it's expansion and I'll you'll hive it out.

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Ellen,
You didn't say how your parents were getting to Greddwich. There is a road, I think it's called One Ave. that runs behind the Observatory to the parking lot (car park). I am an amateur astronomer and found the Observatory a fantastic place to visit. On display in the Flamsteed House were Harrison's original clocks which helped him solve the Longitude at sea delima.

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"Greddwich"...sounds like the name of a Harry Potter character.