Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College, London

Old Royal Naval College
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren's riverside masterpiece and one of London's most popular attractions. It is home to the Painted Hall, which boasts one of the most spectacular Baroque interiors in Europe. The iconic buildings stand on the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII's birthplace and favourite royal residence, and today are alive with learning, creativity, music and arts festivals.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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from £13.50
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Neighbourhood: Greenwich
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 laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
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Sue
United Kingdom603 contributions
Great place to wander around.
Oct 2021 • Couples
The buildings are beautiful and worth a visit. We didn't manage to visit the painted hall but we'll definitely visit the next time. The church or St Peter and St Paul's is gorgeous inside.
Written 23 October 2021
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK433 contributions
Beautiful
Been to the Painted Hall twice now but this time there was the bonus of a huge illuminated Earth globe entitled ‘Gaia’ by Luke Jarram, whose equally large Moon I had already seen in my home town when it was previously on tour.
Written 8 October 2021
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Stuart-forster
Portsmouth, UK157 contributions
More than interesting
Sep 2021
Visited with 2 grown up children, we all found it interesting, did not relize how much of our history happened in that location. Well worth a visit
Written 1 October 2021
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Mossman19
Lytham St Anne's, UK977 contributions
Amazing
The Old Royal Naval College was stunning, particularly the Painted Hall and the chapel which were just awe inspiring!!
Written 25 September 2021
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rachel
6 contributions
A highlight of Greenwich
Sep 2021 • Couples
A very pleasant trip to Greenwich on Elizabeth I ‘s birthday!! We had a free guided tour with Lin who was very informative and entertaining. The tour of the painted hall is included and not to be missed. It is definitely worth a visit although it might be less well known than the Observatory and the Cutty Sark.
Written 11 September 2021
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Rick T
8 contributions
Wonderful visit.
Fantastic experience with wonderful guided tour of the Painted Hall. We could have spent much longer there and will go back if we can.
Excellent cafe and very friendly staff.
Written 8 September 2021
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TheRelfster
Manchester, UK1,394 contributions
Magnificent ceiling!
We went just before closing so it was wonderfully quiet. The ceiling is simply breathtaking. Loved the benches where you can lie down to stare up at it or you can look in the mirrors.
Written 4 September 2021
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Matt Gainsford
2 contributions
A fascinating place and a brilliant tour
Aug 2021
We loved this tour. We've been through these buildings loads of times but have never looked into the rich history and the films that have been shot there. There was so much we'd previously missed!

Jim, our guide, was knowledgable, friendly and funny and he delivered the tour really clearly.

Would definitely recommend it.
Written 2 September 2021
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Chris S
1 contribution
We had a fantastic and our tour guide (Pauline) was excellent. We throughly enjoyed our experience
Aug 2021 • Couples
The visit to The Painted Hall using the multimedia commentary was fantastic. The art work on the ceiling and walls is incredible and beautiful.
Written 2 September 2021
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FIL M
London, UK172 contributions
Wonderful day out
Aug 2021
My friend and I visited the Painted Hall where we had a superb tour guide (Carol I think) who was extremely helpful, personable and knowledgeable.
We then subsequently signed up for one of the external tours that looks at the architecture and some of the history of the Old Royal Naval College. Once again the guide (Jim I think) was superb.
This is well worth a day out as the grounds and Painted Hall are simply beautiful.
However, I would urge anyone to do one of the guided tours as you gain so much more insight than just by yourself. The tours are not too long so you have ample time to look around with and without the guides.
Written 9 August 2021
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Old Royal Naval College is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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