Old Royal Naval College

Greenwich

Overview

Times

Daily 10:00am – 5:00pm (last entry 4:30pm) Entry to Grounds Available: Daily 8:00am – 6pm

Duration

one to two hours

Age

All

Location

Old Royal Naval College

Address
Cutty Sark Gardens
Greenwich
London
SE10 9LW
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 8269 4799
Email
[email protected]
Public transport:
Tube - Take the DLR and stop at Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich. Bus - Many bus lines stop by Nelson Road, a fes steps away from the Old Royal Naval College.

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About

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.

A tour guide shows a photo of a scene filmed inside the Painted Hall in Greenwich. 

What’s on at Old Royal Naval College?

Celebrate over 600 years of history by visiting Sir Christopher Wren's monumental masterpiece on the 600 Years of History guided tour and follow your guide through the Colonnades, the Main Square, King Charles's Court and on to the Painted Hall where another adventure awaits. The tour takes place every day and is included with the standard admission ticket.

Or discover the history of chocolate and its role in the development of Greenwich by visiting the new Chocolate House Greenwich exhibition. Journey through the complex 18th century history of chocolate and its impact on the Georgian society of Greenwich, making it a popular destination. Visit included with your admission ticket to the Painted Hall. On until 3 November. 

Other events are also organised throughout the year. Visit the official website for the programme of events and activities for 2024.

Two people sit on a red bench looking up at the painted ceilings of the painted hall in greenwich.

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:

  • Tube - Cutty Sark DLR station is a five-minute walk from the Old Royal Naval College.
  • Boat - Arrive in style aboard an Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to Greenwich Pier, which is less than a five minutes’ walk from the college.
  • Bus - Various bus routes also stop outside the Old Royal Naval College on Nelson Road (lines 129, 177, 188, 286, 386 et N1).

Prices and opening times

Adult: 17+ years £16.50 per ticket

Entry and tours of the grounds and buildings included within your standard ticket.

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

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