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Old Royal Naval College, London

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Elegant and dramatic, Old Royal Naval College represents a former military hospital built between 1696 and 1712, now inscribed on the World Heritage List. The hospital was established on the ground of the former Palace of Palentia, the birthplace of Tudor queens Mary I and Elizabeth I. In 1873 it was converted to a training facility for the navy, though the elegant Baroque architecture was preserved. Visitors today can tour the painted hall, a dining hall intended for naval veterans and extravagantly decorated with floor-to-ceiling murals representing British power. Visitors can also tour the queen's palace, hospital, training facilities, and 18th-century chapel. With its twin domed spires, statues, and columns, the grand museum makes a stunning sight along the Thames. A visit to Old Royal Naval College represents just the start of the adventure when you use our London vacation trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This is the complex of buildings you can see from the opposite bank of the river, and the twin domes give it away that the building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren (think mini St Paul's Cathedral...  more »
  • Located in Greenwich is a huge architectural complex once Naval College, beautiful twin domes rising dramatically over the Chapel and the painted Hall. Located on the banks of the River Thames, and on the other side see the hill with the Observatory.
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  • Designed and built in the 1600's these buildings are central to Maritime Greenwich. Highlights include a dramatic painted mural on the ceiling of a hall, a chapel, and beautiful grounds to wander. I s...  more »
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  • If you are visiting Greenwich this is a must see attraction. Free to get in which is a massive bonus. Beautiful architecture and grounds, the painted hall is a beautiful spectacle, often used for filming 📹. There is also a Victoria skittle alley that is sometimes open to the public.
  • I have been fortunate to photograph a wedding at the Painted Hall, and it was undoubtedly one of the most impressive settings I've ever experienced during my 10 years as a pro wedding photographer. Although the main hall is enormous, this venue can accommodate smaller weddings without the wedding party feeling dwarfed by the grand setting. The upper part of the hall is separated from the main hall and is perfect for less than 100 guests. Highly recommended and hoping to return one day. Henrik UK Wedding Photography
  • The painted hall is lovely and sometimes I see film sets, cool place.
  • A must visit place if you're at all interested in Britain's naval history. There is a lot to see in the vicinity including Cutty Sark, Greenwich Meridian and the National Maritime Museum. as if this isn't reason enough the grounds are magnificent with some great vistas.
  • They built this to be a hospital? WOW it's a fantastic place and they sure won't build like this anymore. What a surprise, worth the visit, the painted hall is a highlight.