Old Royal Naval College



Old Royal Naval College

Cutty Sark Gardens
SE10 9LW
+44 (0)20 8269 4799
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Public transport:
Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich.


Explore Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic architecture at the Old Royal Naval College, the centrepiece in the heart of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage site.

The iconic riverside estate boasts 500 years of rich history, transitioning from a royal hospital and college through to Henry VIII’s birthplace to Lord Nelson’s lying in state memorial.

What is there to see?

Start your adventure at the visitor centre for a fascinating overview of the long history of the site. Admire the fascinating collection of historical artefacts and interactive displays including an intricate replica of Henry VIII’s bedroom that stood on the grounds more than 500 years ago.

Explore the buildings and grounds to discover the stories of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I; set foot in the breathtaking Painted Hall to discover awe-inspiring paintings of kings, queens and mythological creatures decorating more than 40,000 square feet of walls and ceilings; visit Skittle Alley to play with the wooden bowling balls dating back to 1864; discover the fascinating story of Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s lying-in-state in the Nelson Room and experience the richly decorated and naval themed Chapel.

Talks and tours also take place daily, which are included in the price of the ticket. You can also browse the three gift shops for souvenirs, gifts and books.

 The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. Image courtesy of the Old Royal Naval College.

What’s on at Old Royal Naval College?

Commemorate Sir Christopher Wren’s 300-year anniversary with events and activities happening throughout the year as part of the Wren 300 celebrations. Enjoy unique photographic exhibitions, interactive family activities and Chapel concerts to honour the life and career of Sir Christopher Wren.

Special seasonal tours are also held throughout the year. Check the official website for the events and activities programme for 2023.

How can I get tickets?

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Make the most of your day out to Greenwich and take part in a behind-the-scenes Blockbuster Film Tour around the Old Royal Naval College, which has played the backdrop of many films and series including The Crown, Les Misérables and Cruella.

How long does a visit take?

A visit to Old Royal Naval College should take at least an hour to an hour and a half, leaving you enough time to see the Painted Hall and explore the beautiful grounds.

Can I eat here?

The Undercroft Café is the perfect eatery to enjoy lunch and indulgent afternoon tea, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawns surrounding the college.

Greenwich’s local brewery The Old Brewery is also nearby, serving seasonal British dishes, brewed craft beers and London-distilled spirits.

Where is the Old Royal Naval College?

Old Royal Naval College is located in the borough of Greenwich in south-east London.

How to get there

Cutty Sark DLR station is a five-minute walk from the Old Royal Naval College.

Arrive in style aboard an Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to Greenwich Pier, which is less than a five minutes’ walk from the college.

Various bus routes also stop outside the Old Royal Naval College on Romney Road.

Prices and opening times

Adult: 17+ years £16.50 per ticket

Free entry and free tours of the grounds and buildings.

Opening Times

Grounds open daily 08:00-18:00.

Painted Hall, Chapel and Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre open 10:00-17:00.

Closed 24-26 December. Check website for up to date information.

Facilities & Accessibility


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Event Facilities
Breakout Rooms
Licenced for civil marriages
Offers charity rates
General Facilities
On site parking
Payment Facilities
Free entry

Events at Old Royal Naval College