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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 today

A beautifully kept location that is home to the observatory that houses Greenwich mean time. On the banks of the Thames the Cutty Sark is a stone's throw outside the gates, making thus somewhere to leisurely spend the day. Incidentally the concert was brilliant and...More

Thank cliffan
Reviewed today

The tour is in two parts; an introduction that is followed up by a guided tour at almost ceiling level. There are steps to climb to get up to the ceiling level and I believe a lift by prior appointment. Our tour guide was excellent,...More

Thank Rob T
Reviewed yesterday

An amazing tour given by a well informed and amusing youg guide. You climb up 60 stairs to the viewing platform, you are given hand mirrors to look at the ceiling which is a mere two feet above you to save straining your necks. Incredible...More

Thank Datchet
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent tour of the painted ceiling and very informative talk. Well worth seeing while the scaffolding is up and you can get so close to this amazing painting

Thank Barbara D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well organised and friendly helpful guides. Lockers available to place coats and bags for free hands , don't forget £1 coin ..(refundable) It's very warm up at the ceiling Great information, headphones 🎧 give clear commentary from the guide . Use the mirrors available to...More

Thank julez0
Reviewed yesterday

This is certainly a once in a lifetime experience ,to be able to see such fine details of the paintings that will not be possible to view from the ground was amazing . The tour guides are very knowledgeable and eager to answer any questions...More

Thank ZRW2015
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My mother was 97 on the day we went. She is very capable for her age but unable climb the stairs. The staff were excellent making the disabled lift an easy experience. They spoke to her and were genuinely interested in her memories of the...More

Thank Christina-Betts
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What a fantastic tour we had this afternoon at the Painted Hall. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide and the organisation of our tour was excellent. It was amazing to learn about the ceiling and incredible to realise that the painting had been executed...More

Thank PatsyAnnLondon
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This is a unique opportunity that will inform any visit to any similar "painted" building. To be within 8 feet of the surface of the ceiling, and able to wander (and wonder) so close as to be able to see brush stroke by brush stroke...More

Thank Nicholas G
Reviewed yesterday

Built by Christopher Wren these imposing buildings are well worth a visit, on one side is the chapel with lovely Wedgewood like patterns on the ceiling. On the other side the Dining Hall area is currently being restored but you can book a place to...More

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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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July 6, 2017|
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Response from Chippa368 | Reviewed this property |
Cutty Sark (DLR) is across the road.
March 2, 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!
February 28, 2017|
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Response from ORNC | Property representative |
Hello Lisa, We would say you need at least an hour to take in the grounds and Visitor Centre. In addition you may choose to go on one of the daily 45 minute guided walks led by knowledgeable volunteers, which will enhance... More