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Old Royal Naval College

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Address: King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, England
Phone Number: +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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Chapel of St Peter and St Paul

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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a great place to wander around and take in the history, aura, architecture and style.The painted ceiling is wonderful and the tricks and techniques used by the painters to get perspective and scale into the room is amazing. The collection of buildings and surroundings make this a great place to wander and daydream of days past.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Old Royal Naval College provides a lot of information and a wonderful backdrop to discovering the story of a rich marine history. Arriving by river boat makes it even more atmospheric - Greenwich Pier is right outside. The outdoor layout and the chapel are wonderful. Free to enter and so well thought-out. Would also be lovely for children. Will... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old Royal Navy College has three attractions. The Painted Hall is the major attraction. It is an architectural masterpiece and home of the breathtaking Painted Hall. Its chapel, visitors hall and grounds and gardens are to be appreciated. Free entry. Ample parking. Walking distance for Greenwich Station. A perfect holiday event.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had no idea of the stunning beauty here... The architecture, the views, the landscaping, the Chapel, the ornate gates... From the moment we entered, I was in awe...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Great buildings right next to the river Thames. The Chapel and Painted Hall are wonderful, but the Painted Hall is temporarily closed because of renovations. Nice view on Greenwich Park.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Naval college consists of many buildings, but the chapel was the only interesting thing to see. It is free, but I had to walk around quite a bit to find it as there is a lack of direction signs. If you are visiting Greenwich & are pressed for time, I would skip this.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Was looking forward to visiting during my visit to Greenwich. The architecture is fantastic, and worth visiting just to see if your in the area. However visiting late morning midweek the painted hall was closed, I did not see anything about this on their website. Also we could not gain entrance to the chapel either! So a great place to... More 

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