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Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College

Free admission
Open daily 10am-5pm
King William Walk, London, England, SE10 9NN

The basics

Poised overlooking the Thames and built on the site of the former Greenwich Palace (where Tudor monarchs like Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born), the Old Royal Naval College is considered one of Britain’s exemplary architectural achievements. Formerly used as a naval hospital and training grounds, the Grade I listed site is now a major tourist destination. Visitors can explore highlights like the recently restored Painted Hall (often described as the U.K.’s answer to the Sistine Chapel) and the neoclassical Chapel, as well as linger on its picturesque grounds.

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Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Fabulous visit
Catriona_S, Jun 2022
Skip the Line: The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Ticket
Fabulous visit Great guide on the talk Great atmosphere and lovely surroundings , Lovely staff Well worth a visit
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The guide (Elaine) was...
Christopher_V, Feb 2022
Skip the Line: The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Ticket
The guide (Elaine) was brilliant : lucid , slightly humorous and extremely well informed- she was obviously very enthusiastic and enjoyed her work
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Great information on the...
Victoria_H, Oct 2021
Skip the Line: The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Ticket
Great information on the headsets. So peaceful on our visit. Great little shop outside. Didn’t get to use the cafe but plenty were. Lots to do in the surrounding area once your visit is over. Well worth the visit
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Amazed
Margaret_N, Sep 2021
Skip the Line: The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Ticket
Amazed at the Painted Hall and the guides knowledge was excellent. I had not expected The Navel College to be so grand Went by boat which was a lovely way to see view London
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Amazing
lonelystar, Aug 2021
Skip the Line: The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Ticket
the tour is amazing, staff’s are approachable and accommodating; viator customer service is outstanding
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Incredible.. Rome in the UK!
Isabelle_R, Jun 2021
Skip the Line: The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Ticket
The Painted Hall was incredible! Bonus was Gaia in the middle. Highly recommend, walked by so many times.. its like being in Rome.
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Breathing and mesmerising
azzie, Jun 2021
Skip the Line: The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Ticket
It was so beautiful and breathtaking. 10/10 would go again. Looking at the walls and ceilings online isn’t the same as seeing it in real life.
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Things to know before you go

  • Tickets to the Old Royal Naval College are valid for up to a year, and include unlimited return visits.
  • On the first Wednesday of the month, a pay-as-you-wish policy is in place.
  • Select buildings are accessible to wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, and service dogs are also welcome.
  • Free, 45-minute guided walks of the grounds are offered four times daily from the Visitor Centre.
  • Visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic on the grounds.
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How to get there

To reach the Old Royal Naval College by public transit, take the DLR to Cutty Sark station, take Thameslink or Southeastern trains to Greenwich rail station, or take various boat services to Greenwich pier. The landmark is also served by bus lines 129, 177, 180, 188, and 286, and can be reached by car or by bike.

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When to get there

The buildings of the Old Royal Naval College are open daily from 10am–5pm, while the grounds are open from 8am–11pm. The landmark also hosts exhibitions, outdoor movie screenings, festivals, and other events throughout the year; take a look at the site’s calendar before your visit.

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The Queen’s House

Also part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, the recently refurbished Queen’s House is just steps from the Old Royal Naval College. Dating to 1616, the royal landmark was the country’s first classical building.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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