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Old Royal Naval College

King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, England
+44 20 8269 4799
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King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The close up of the ceiling is fascinating. The tour guide was very good. The views and stories were great. Enjoyed seeing the things not normally visible from the ground

Thank Jonhayes
Reviewed yesterday

The college buildings were designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1696 and 1712 as a home for disabled sailors. It closed in 1869 and became the Royal Naval College until the Royal Navy left in 1998, after which has been a partnership with...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed yesterday

We went on a paid tour of the painted ceiling whilst it is being restored/conserved. After being shown to the place by very helpful volunteers we were quickly given hard hats and reflective vests and after a short talk we were up the scaffolding and...More

Thank AlanNowill
Reviewed 2 days ago

Seeing the Painted hall and Thornhills ceiling was a fantastic experience. Our guide Ben was very knowledgeable and brought the whole experience to life with both information and a few quirky anecdotes. It was a pity there were only 4 of us on this particular...More

Thank lynne1dean
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

To get so close to Mr Thornhill's masterpiece is truly exciting. Our volunteer guide Dave was really knowledgeable and brought life to the history of the 1720's. So much better than sitting in a classroom! Recommend combining with Queens House ... art collection with drawings...More

Thank Nicholas B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Brilliant one off chance to see this amazing art work close up, whilst under renovation. Once the work is finished you will have to bend your necks from the ground only, but from there you will not see the small details and marks left by...More

Thank tonyasquith2
Reviewed 2 days ago

Brilliant experience and June was a very knowledgeable guide. Amazing opportunity to see the wonderful painted ceiling at close hand. Hopefully will be able to visit again once conservation work is finished.

Thank krp20172017
Reviewed 2 days ago

Deborah was a brilliant guide. Explaining the finer points and showing us the tiny details that can only be seen from this height. I'll be booking again for later in the year to see more that has been restored. Seeing the art so close was...More

Thank Lesley C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Obviously, I have picked a quiet day to do this tour. I made the booking online at 9am and did the tour at 1.20pm the same day! A lot of volunteers on site who are all very friendly, helpful and informative about the place. Each...More

Thank Rosa M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Although it is a bit dark when you are close to the ceiling, with the torches used by the guides and the mirrors provided, you get a wonderful close-up view of the detail on the ceiling. Well worth taking this opportunity as it won't happen...More

Thank Jane C
Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the
very concept of global time was established at Royal
Observatory, just one of several buildings of
architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole
of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park
and a number of related buildings (and one world
famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World
Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a
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Where is a nice place to stay near the Navel College
2 March 2017|
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Response from ORNC | Property representative |
Hi p0llyanna17, we recommend checking out the Visit Greenwich website for recommendations on places to stay. We hope you enjoy your stay in Greenwich!
How long does one need to see everything without rushing?
28 February 2017|
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Response from ORNC | Property representative |
Hello Lisa, We would say you need at least an hour to take in the grounds and Visitor Centre. In addition you may choose to go on one of the daily 45 minute guided walks led by knowledgeable volunteers, which will enhance... More
are the music events held in the grounds
5 November 2016|
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Response from ORNC | Property representative |
Our summer music events are held in the grounds, most other events are held in our beautiful Chapel.