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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
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Well, this has knocked the Pope's Sistine Chapel into second place. This is painting on a grand scale with trompe l'oeil images, witty little details and British triumphalism on a massive scale. And you can go in, grab and excellent audio guide which has pictures...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The painted hall at this venue is spectacular. The audio guide is the best we have experienced. The staff could not have been more helpful. I think you can just wander in for free but the GBP12 admission gives extra benefits and is worth the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Another amazing international icon and worth seeing. Just wow and a must see if visiting Greenwich. Wear your walking shoes.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank John W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hoped on the DLR and in a short time we were in Greenwich. Out of the station and down the street and there was the Royal Naval College. We walked inside the gates to these grand buildings, some of which are still being used...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like history mixed with breathtaking art and architecture don’t miss this. Sir Christopher Wren’s epitaph read, ‘If you want to see my epitaph look around you’. This is the ORNC just as much as St. Paul’s. The Painted Gallery has been described as...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have a Captain Cook at this place. If you love Georgian architecture this is the place to go. Bonus is the Painted Chapel and Cutty Sark next door.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Redensignoz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once again I find my self in a beautiful place in my favourite part of London. Just a very short walk from the Cutty Sark . Great views of the river and the Painted Hall is just amazing considering the age of the building. The...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Redensignoz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I took the opportunity to visit the newly opened Painted Hall one Saturday morning. It is absolutely stunning and worth every penny of the £12 entrance fee (which includes re entry for a whole year btw). We stopped in the Painted Hall...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A visit to the restored Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich London will not disappoint. Link up with a knowledgeable volunteer guide and you will discover the wonder that is the ceiling, it’s history and revealing detail. Neck craning is inevitable. It’s...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The painted ceilings are breathtaking. The grounds feel peaceful, even n the height of summer. All of the children's questions were answered, and extra things pointed out to them

Date of experience: August 2018
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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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May 24, 2019|
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Response from ajm549 | Reviewed this property |
I was not aware of a local car park. There is a main road which runs through the Greenwich 'complex' ( A206 - Romney Road) I would ask the driver to arrange to meet you at the main road by the traffic lights on this road... More
August 22, 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
July 6, 2017|
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Response from Chippa3 | Reviewed this property |
Cutty Sark (DLR) is across the road.