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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Go now, while the restoration work is being carried out..you get the absolute best view.

You'll never get to see the beautiful paintings this close ever again. The scaffolding platform affords you the best ever view of the ceiling. It's totally safe to be walking... read more

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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You'll never get to see the beautiful paintings this close ever again. The scaffolding platform affords you the best ever view of the ceiling. It's totally safe to be walking around up this high, and you're only metres from the ceiling itself. Handy mirrors are provided, so you've no need to crick your neck and our guide Sean was full... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Painted Hall ceiling is currently being restored. A "floor" has been installed a few metres below the ceiling which allows the restorers to do their work in safety but also provides access for visitors to view the ceiling up close. It is an opportunity not to missed because once the restoration work is complete the " floor" will be... More 

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We only strolled the grounds and went around the museum.... I wished we'd had more time to explore and visit properly. Wow what a set buildings, set in beautiful grounds. I would have loved to see the painted celings and the grand interiors. A good brief history around the museum, a good way to spend a few hours and whet... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The painted hall is currently under restoration, which will be a two year project. Right now for a different perspective they are offering paid behind the scenes tours that allow you to climb scaffolding and see the ceiling up close. This requires at minimum one hour. The rest of the complex is worth a walk through, the buildings are attractive... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They are cleaning and conserving the incredible painted ceiling at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and you can go up onto the observation deck with a guide in a small group and get up close and personal with the paintings. Obviously, this means you can see much more than you can from the ground, and get an explanation of... More 

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Not only are the buildings impressive the grounds are to. The painted ceilings and the chapel are incredible

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bought tickets online but when we arrived there were tickets available for that day. Well managed by volunteers who provided us all with a hard hat, high viz jacket and head phones to hear the tour guide. After a very brief overview climbed the stairs to gain access to see the ceiling. Understandably it is quite dark and a bit... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Following a recent (very good) visit to the Maritime Museum, I saw the tour of the Painted Hall ceiling and booked it for a friend and myself. They provide you with plenty of information before the tour so you can make the most of the visit and the organisation on the day was smooth and clearly well thought out. The... More 

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ORNC, Manager at Old Royal Naval College, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Louise B! We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really informative guide and a well organised and unique experience. Went on the first tour of the day, so had the platform to ourselves. A must for anyone visiting Greenwich.

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Thank you for the great review, neilridders. More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's not often you experience breath-taking moments, but our visit to the Painted Hall this afternoon gave me quite a few The Painted Hall has been liked to the British equivalent of the Sistine Chapel and I so agree The ceiling is starting a two-year restoration programme which entailed building a massive scaffold structure to enable the team to get... More 

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ORNC, Manager at Old Royal Naval College, responded to this review

Thanks William, very glad you enjoyed the experience! More 

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