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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 Greenwich area is a special place in London to visit. I saw the ORNC Painted Ceiling Tour advertised last Summer and was keen to find out more. I was not disappointed at all. It was amazing. The t...  more »
  • A friend who likes to watch movies must be able to recognize which movie is being filmed on this side, and it can't help but count but in addition to these, there are better things to be found in the two-side dome, and the art ceiling has a splendid old wall painting, and there's time to take a look at it. Another building is similar to St. Paul's Church, but also the historical value Ah!! ~
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  • Amazing opportunity to see so close and from the artist's and restorer's perspective the painted ceiling of this grand hall. A rare chance. And the guided tour is really informative. Superb.  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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