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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Old Royal Naval College and other London attractions using our handy London trip planner .
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  • The painted ceiling tour at the old Royal Naval College is really excellent and our guide Bob had incredible knowledge. It was a fascinating insight into the creation and restoration of a masterpiece ...  more »
  • An outstanding opportunity to see a great Baroque ceiling up close. The tour was very well organised, informative and unrushed. Don't miss this!  more »
  • We absolutely loved the chance to see the painted ceiling close up during the conservation work - and fascinating to learn more about the painting and story. Great tour, great guide.  more »
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  • Great place to visit. You can either use the grounds to relax or visit the historical buildings. I went on the Painted Hall Tour during the renovation which was a unique experience to see the paintings up close. Definitely worth a visit when in Greenwich.
  • The old building with a unique architecture worth watching . Old naval collages is also University of Greenwich Free admission you can also see chapels, museum and green gardens
  • As impressive as any University campus in the world to be honest. A stunning setting!
  • There's a real sense of place and history here. An excellent but busy museum detailing the history of the Royal Navy here in Greenwich.
  • Good place to wander around stunning architecture. Really enjoyed the free guided tour.

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