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Old Royal Naval College

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Location iconGreenwich
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Outside view of Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich

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The magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College is widely recognised as the one of the greatest pieces of decorative painting in all of England and has been described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK'! Where better to take your little art lovers?!

You can explore over 500 years of history in a fascinating permanent exhibition including historical artefacts, scale models, film footage and hands-on displays.

Greenwich Palace offers up the remains of one of Henry's VIII favourite palaces, with 30 objects excavated on site to help picture the grandeur of the Tudor palace.

The Royal Hospital for Seamen was a refuge for old and injured sailors and at its peak in 1814, a whopping 2,710 pensioners were cared for here! Find out about life in the hospital, such as the beer allowance (of 4 pints a day!) to the creepy punishments for breaking the rules.

In 1874 the Royal Naval College site became a prestigious naval training facility for officers and you can get an insight into life at the College by listening to recreated reminiscences from real inhabitants and uncover the secret of Greenwich's very own nuclear reactor!

The ORNC features architectural and decorative crafts of the very highest quality - from stone carving and decorative painting to exquisite gilding. The kids can explore the skills required to create such magnificent buildings and how to preserve them for future generations.

A World Heritage Site recognised by UNESCO as being of ‘outstanding universal value', this is a fascinating visit for those with an eye to the past.

Opening hours

Painted Hall: Monday - Sunday 10:00?–17:00
Grounds:  Monday - Sunday 08:00?–23:00



Greater London,
SE10 9NN,

Phone number

020 8269 4747


Painted Hall General Admission
Adults: £10
Kids (6-17): £5

Grounds & Chapel entry is free


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