Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College, London

Old Royal Naval College
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren's riverside masterpiece and one of London's most popular attractions. It is home to the Painted Hall, which boasts one of the most spectacular Baroque interiors in Europe. The iconic buildings stand on the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII's birthplace and favourite royal residence, and today are alive with learning, creativity, music and arts festivals.
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Neighborhood: Greenwich
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 laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
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Gareth T
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom3 contributions
An excellent tour and right up my street as a film and TV drama aficionado.

Mike and Kevin were a great double-act and had a wealth of stories and gossip from their experiences of this extraordinary location as a movie set.

The tour takes in lots of film locations, as you would expect, with Mike (on this particular trip) having his photo album to hand so we could compare the locations with their 'roles' in the films. Kevin was always ready to provide his perspective as a background artist on a number of shoots.

It really was the gift that kept on giving as we checked out a few of the movies shot here on the plane home.

Thoroughly recommended to anyone with any interest in filmmaking and an absolute must for fanboys like me!
Written August 2, 2022
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ChicaVoya
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Fascinating tour through the Old Royal Naval College grounds and buildings by our knowledgeable and witty guide, who brought this remarkable World Heritage Site to life for us. We were regaled with stories about the old hospital for seamen, the funeral procession of Nelson and numerous anecdotes about the international film industry’s obsession with this beautiful monument to Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural genius as a location.

The piece de resistance is where the tour ends: the absolutely breathtaking Painted Hall, which title belies its majesty, splendour and sheer artistic alchemy.

Do not miss this astounding immersion into British history.
Written July 30, 2022
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kayb873
London, UK10 contributions
Fascinating look at the conservation work on the Benjamin West painting. Bob our volunteer guide gave us lots of background information about the chapel and the painting, and details of how the conservation is being done. We saw the conservators working on the painting. A once-in-a lifetime expeience.
Written July 11, 2022
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Daniel G
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Jim was very knowledgeable and friendly. He provided a 5* tour with a lot of interesting historical information about the different sites, paintings, etc. In an almost storytelling fashion he made everything really easy to digest.
Written July 10, 2022
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Daniel G
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Kevin and his partner were very knowledgeable and friendly. They provided a 5* tour with all you’d expect and more. A lot of interesting trivia of both history and film making.
Written July 10, 2022
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TomosParsons
London, UK28 contributions
A really interesting tour of the Naval College and it’s various buildings and how they have been used throughout the years by film and Television to create memorable scenes.

The two ladies who took us (Sue & Isabel) around the grounds were very welcoming, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and made the experience feel very personal.

Would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in film.
Written June 18, 2022
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M Y
Cirencester, UK82 contributions
Couples
During our visit there were only the painted hall and visitor centre accessible as the chapel is being renovated. Whilst our guide for the painted hall was excellent, the ticket price with no concessions was a bit on the high side.
Written June 14, 2022
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United Kingdom18 contributions
Went for the Jubilee Celebrations and had a very good time, great chances for photos, and got to see were they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean 4
Written June 6, 2022
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Teresa C
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Couples
So disappointed with Jubilee event.
Went on Thursday and cannot believe there were no union jacks or bunting apart from couple food vans. I expected a sea of red white and blue and there was nothing!
(The music was very weak too.)
Although we had good time it wasn’t very patriotic. Bunting doesn’t cost much!
Written June 2, 2022
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Jhon R
Badalona, Spain6 contributions
Couples
This tour is absolutely amazing! The guide explains in detail all sort of movies and series filmed in the grounds of the Old Royal naval college. Recommended!!
Written May 7, 2022
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