Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College
4.5
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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 story of Greenwich starts here with 600 years of history. Take an award winning tour of this magnificent 17-acre riverside estate - part of the Greenwich UNESCO world heritage site. Marvel at Sir Christopher Wren’s spectacular architecture and learn of the fascinating 600-year story of this site, including being the birthplace of Henry VIII. Visit the breath-taking Painted Hall (known as the UK's Sistine chapel), which took 19 years to Paint. (This is one of the most popular filming locations in the world including The Crown, Les Miserables, Thor, Cruella, Bridgerton and many more – book a "Blockbuster Film tour" to find out some trade secrets - limited availability.) Tickets include standard guided tour which leaves the visitor centre hourly from 11am - 3pm. Painted Hall entry*, entry to the Visitor Centre, Chapel and the Skittle Alley (usually open from 12-3pm) where you can try your hand at Victorian bowling. *Multimedia guides (7 languages)and guided tours every 30mins
London, England

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Fay O
Greater London, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The Secret Dome Tour
So pleased that this tour has continued this year. Initially was available last year to acknowledge 300 years since the death of Christopher Wren. Unfortunately all available tours (limited availability ) sold out quickly .
Therefore was really pleased to get an opportunity to book - limited tours with only 6 people per tour.
The ascent to the top is via stone and wooden stairs, in some places very narrow, but safety measures are covered re description of the tour and what is required. Good footwear is essential. Plus there are two Members that cover the tour.
Isobelle was our guide, who is a volunteer and clearly very passionate about the tour . She has a vast knowledge base about the tour and its history. Hamish was the other staff member at rear to ensure no missteps and safety if the group. We were lucky only 2 in our group, although it is usually fully booked.
There were 3 levels and opportunities to ask questions and take photos.
It is expensive but it is an opportunity to go in the Dome and have a very unique experience and view from the Dome. I would definitely recommend and really enjoyed it.
Plus you get a gift bag at the end of the tour and it covers other tours ie painted Hall and can be upgraded online to cover another visit to the Royal Naval College tours ( although this does not cover Dome Tour).
Written 10 May 2024
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Asta Š
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The guide Jim was extreemelly pleasant and inventive in his show. We like the tour very much.
And so nice paintings definitelly worth to see!
Written 4 May 2024
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Gintarė Š
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very lovely place, lots to see. Our guide Jim was great and even took us on another short tour of the grounds after the painted hall. Would recommend a visit if you are in London
Written 4 May 2024
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Kirsty M
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Came here for a Mother’s Day afternoon tea. The staff worked so hard but something had gone wrong. They were very delayed and the afternoon tea didn’t arrive at our table until after the finishing time for our time slot! The selection was also quite disappointing and certainly not worth the price. The scones were not even on two of the settings. This was an afternoon tea, scone are must and should be yummy, not small and dry… Overall the surrounding is stunning and the staff worked their socks off but my lasting memory of the afternoon is disappointing and certainly not something I’ll book again.
Written 26 April 2024
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada6,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Walking around the Old Royal Naval College offers a captivating blend of royal history and cinematic charm. As you explore its grounds, you're immersed in centuries of maritime heritage and architectural splendour.

Built as a royal palace for King Henry VIII in the 16th century, the site later became a naval hospital for Seamen. In the 19th century, the Hospital moved to a new location, and the site was repurposed as the Royal Naval College. It served this purpose until 1998, when the college closed, and the site was redeveloped into a cultural educational centre.

What made the experience even more special was discovering the college's connection to the world of cinema. As a movie buff, it was a thrill to realize that these historic surroundings had served as a backdrop for some of my favourite films, including Thor: The Dark World. Walking in the footsteps of beloved characters and exploring the same courtyards and corridors seen on screen was an unforgettable experience, adding an extra layer of magic to my visit.
Written 24 April 2024
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sstaley
Upminster, UK916 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I paid a surprise visit to an old friend in Greenwich, and our impromptu decision turned out to be quite rewarding.

The content of the building and the surrounding views were truly captivating. Notably, the iconic Painted Hall has earned the reputation of being the UK’s Sistine Chapel.

If you happen to visit between December and February. They have an exhibition on 2023 "Museum of the Moon." This year features "Coalescence" by designer Paul Cocksedge, making its London debut against the stunning backdrop of the Painted Hall. The installation, crafted from over 2,500 pieces of coal – equivalent to the amount consumed by a single 200W light bulb in a year, is a unique spectacle.

The venue also hosts diverse activities like Yoga & Brunch. I recommend checking their website for the latest updates on events and exhibitions.
Written 25 February 2024
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Ann C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Five of us visited the Royal Naval College as a birthday treat for one of our group. We did both the Painted Hall tour and the 600 years of history tour with our guide Jim. He was very interesting and knowledgeable and managed to deliver a lot of facts with a good sense of humour. It was definitely worth doing the tour (which is included in the entrance fee) as it was so enjoyable and we found out so much more.
Written 25 February 2024
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Sue H
Croydon, UK221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We did a tour of the painted hall with Jim, who was excellent. Very engaging and informative. As we were the last tour of the day, he gave us an extra 30 mins of his own time to show us around the surrounding parts of the college. Very worthwhile and he had some great stories that really brought to life the history and understanding of the paintings and artwork. An amazing place, well worth a visit.
Written 24 February 2024
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Are L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Had a fantastic tour of the Painted Hall with tour guide Antonio that was included in the cost of the ticket. Antonio was very knowledgeable about the artwork and the history and made it a very interesting and engaging commentary. We met him again in the Chapel and he was equally friendly and generous with sharing his knowledge. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Written 14 February 2024
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Joe C
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A beautiful space and a a wonderful tour delivered by Jim. It was lovely to take it the awesome architecture and the history of the place. Greenwich is the perfect place to spend a day.
Written 5 February 2024
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