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Old Royal Naval College

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Address: King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, England
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+44 20 8269 4799
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed...

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece and one of London's most popular attractions. The iconic buildings stand on the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII's favourite royal residence, and were originally designed as a refuge for old and injured sailors. The buildings and grounds are open daily and include the Painted Hall, Chapel and Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre. Admission is free.

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Historic Buildings Used for Modern Education

This is the complex of buildings you can see from the opposite bank of the river, and the twin domes give it away that the building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren (think... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the complex of buildings you can see from the opposite bank of the river, and the twin domes give it away that the building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren (think mini St Paul's Cathedral dome). The building is still in use for education and you can hear the musicians practising as you walk around. The chapel was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Designed and built in the 1600's these buildings are central to Maritime Greenwich. Highlights include a dramatic painted mural on the ceiling of a hall, a chapel, and beautiful grounds to wander. I spent a couple of hours exploring and had a fine afternoon here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I lived in London for 13 years before I discovered this hidden gem. The chapel is so peaceful with stunning architecture. The painted hall has the most incredible ceilings, it takes your breath away. The gardens are also lovely and worth visiting here on a sunny day, if possible. Well worth a visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The whole of the Old Royal Naval College is worth a visit. It is an architectural masterpiece and home of the breathtaking Painted Hall which is absolutely stunning. The chapel, halls and grounds and gardens are to be appreciated and even better since it is free entry which for any museum or art site in London is a miracle. There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Would recommend the Old Royal Naval College - a great piece of English Naval History with wonderful paintings and if you are lucky there might be choral practice in the chapel or a wedding. We have visited twice now and saw a military wedding on one occasion and choir practice on another. The view accross the river is great and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The artwork in the main hall is stunning and worth spending time over, plenty of symbolism so worth researching or getting a guide. The chapel featured in 4 weddings and a funeral and is also worth a visit. The entire site is often used as a film or to set so you never know who you might bump into.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Attended this historic site after walking from Mile End along The Thames and through The tunnel, went to the amazing chapel to hear the music and choir.. then returning on Thursday for the Rude Health performance involving students from Laban Trinity, Central St Martins with musical performance from the university here !! It's a great place Day and night great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

The whole of the Old Royal Naval College is worth a visit, but the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul is spectacular. It is based on plans of Wren and is a new-classical masterpiece. The ornate ceiling is a wonder. It is a working chapel and holds services and also music and dance events by students from the Trinity... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

This was a ticketed evening for Halloween at the Old Naval College. We had no plans as it was a Monday night, so bought tickets, and so glad we did. The price was to include the evening starting in the Croft with a bar available and to undertake a tour of underground and some unseen places of the Old Naval... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The entry area displays are very well interpreted and the various models, etc that tell the history of the site are very informative. A good shop and a cafe area. The buildings are huge and having the Cutty Sark next to it adds to the naval feel of the area. The sort of place where you have a good look,... More 

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