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Old Royal Naval College

King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, England
+44 20 8269 4799
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The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is Sir Christopher Wren's 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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King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, England
+44 20 8269 4799
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Reviewed yesterday

I was quite disappointed with this tour. You learn a lot about the history and the significance of the figures in the painting but I was expecting to see the restorers at work and hear about the restoration processes (which we did not but I...More

1  Thank maryhA4319UF
Reviewed yesterday

The tour of the Painted Hall and the opportunity to see the Ceiling up close is amazing. The staff were really helpful and friendly our guide, Roger, was very informative. It was a great experience.

1  Thank Lynne W
Reviewed yesterday

We thought this was a fantastic experience and really enjoyed the tour. We were lucky to be the only people booked in for our session so we had the guide to ourselves. He was very knowledgeable and interesting and we were fascinated by the detail...More

1  Thank teamboulanger
Reviewed yesterday

Fantastic once in a lifetime chance to be 2m away from the ceiling! Hugely informative and entertaining guide explains the history and conservation work and highlights the characters depicted. Very well paced 60mins tour felt like just the right amount of time. and YOU ARE...More

1  Thank Caroline F
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Although we live close to Greenwich I never get tired of visiting. Did the ceiling in the painted chapel today. Very well organised, knowledgeable staff and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the conservation work up close. A real privilege

1  Thank Rosemary W
Reviewed yesterday

Other reviewers describe the tour well, if a little over-enthusiastically. What you get to see NOW (late August 2017) is the ceiling untouched since its last restoration in the 1950s. So you're getting up close and personal to a very distressed and tired unrestored ceiling....More

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Reviewed yesterday

This is a once in a lifetime event as they hope not to clean it for another 100 years. From the moment you walk through the doors you are made to feel very welcome. The staff are helpful and full of knowledge. I was worried...More

Thank Stephanie071959
Reviewed yesterday

The Naval College successfully restores the naval history associated with Greenwich. In the Visitor Centre, there are many interactive displays including suits of armour to put on and a chance to design your own college.

Thank Connor R
Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent tour of the painted ceiling in the Old Royal Naval College, full of fascinating info and details. Alessandra was an entertaining guide and everything worked well.

Thank Marilyn M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really interesting opportunity to see the conservation work up close and personal. You are only centimetres away from the ceiling. The guides are extremely well-informed and impart their knowledge in simple language. They explain the history of the hall, and the meaning of each allegorical...More

Thank ims2712
Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the
very concept of global time was established at Royal
Observatory, just one of several buildings of
architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole
of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park
and a number of related buildings (and one world
famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World
Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a
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Nicola R
23 August 2017|
Response from Sheila Z | Reviewed this property |
The ORNC has a good website, so I think you'll find the answer there. I came by train, so not much help! Good luck, and enjoy your visit and your stay in London 😃
6 July 2017|
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Response from Chippa368 | Reviewed this property |
Cutty Sark (DLR) is across the road.
3 March 2017|
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Response from ORNC | Property representative |
Hi p0llyanna17, we recommend checking out the Visit Greenwich website for recommendations on places to stay. We hope you enjoy your stay in Greenwich!