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Old Royal Naval College

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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...more
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London SE10 9NN, England
+44 20 8269 4799
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Reviewed yesterday

Fantastic opportunity to see the paintings from only 8 feet away, made me really appreciate the mastery of the artist. Guide, Jackie, was fantastic, lots of clear information, made sure even us short people got to see things. Amazing to see things that won't be...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a great guide, sadly did not get her name. She was very professional and knowledgeable. So enjoyed it. We also went to chapel and skittle room. Staff welcoming.

Thank 560kathyf
Reviewed yesterday

A rare opportrunity to almost be able to touch the ceiling. Makes one feel very humble to see the artistry and craftsmanship that went into such a great work, and is so little recognised; Its bigger than the Sistine chapel ceiling! A good tour, pitched...More

Thank niceg34
Reviewed yesterday

All the staff and volunteers are so friendly and welcoming - before the tour has even started. The tour itself was amazing - to be able to get that close to the ceiling and see all the details of those skilled artists of 300 years...More

Thank 123Kate456789
Reviewed yesterday

Very pleased to have had the opportunity to see the painted ceilings so close up. Very informative tour on the scaffolding from Chris. Some fantastic highlights pointed out. Great conservation work taken place A beautiful building with loads of history. The chapel was worth a...More

Thank helgre2016
Reviewed yesterday

We visited the College to see the painted ceiling close up. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and set the scene marvellously. It was great to be able to get so close to the art and wonder at the skill to produce it. This will be...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fantastic tour brilliant chance to see the ceiling at close quarters. Chris the tour guide was amusing and very informative. Would like to see the ceiling from the ground when the scaffolding comes down.

Thank martynimhoff
Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent close up opportunity to see the Painted Ceiling. Informative and entertaining tour. Coming to an end when the current conservation work finishes.

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So pleased a friend told me about this - it’s well worth a visit . The guide was very good too. Part of the fun of living in London - there’s always something new & different to do

1  Thank Pioneer606246
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Informative and unique tour to see the amazing painted ceiling close up and appreciate the incredible art and painstaking restoration process. An opportunity not to be missed.

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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|
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Response from Jackie D | Reviewed this property |
You cannot park in the college grounds. There is an expensive car park at the other end of the college. It would be much better to park at the hotel. Besides it's lovely to walk to it as there's so much to see around there... More
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!