Old Royal Naval College, London
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Educational Sites, Tourist Spots
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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The Old Royal Naval College is a beautiful place, with historical buildings and a peaceful walk. Besides being location for several movies, the view from the Thames and the Chapel more than justify th... read more »
5:30 PM, Sunday evening of 19th July.. Avdhut and I were running towards the Old Royal Navy College… roads were packed with tourists clicking photos and having fun, but most of them were leaving as it... read more »
The Painted Ceiling in this building is bautiful. It was an old hospital turned into a home for Pensioners turned into a museum. They often hold beautiful weddings here. they have mirrors that you can... read more »
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.
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
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.
You'll recognise this place almost immediately from numerous films but don't let that stop you pausing to enjoy a fantastically peaceful and beautiful location.
So beautiful, great area n building. Happy bring my family here and sit on the grass.
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