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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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  • The whole of the Old Royal Naval College is worth a visit. It is an architectural masterpiece and home of the breathtaking Painted Hall which is absolutely stunning. The chapel, halls and grounds and gardens are to be appreciated and even better since it is free entry which for any museum or art site in London is a miracle. There is ample parking nearby but do read the signs with regard to parking controls. It is within easy walking distance from Greenwich Station and right opposite Greenwich Pier so easily accessible from a Thames riverboat ride,
  • The ceiling is amazing, but currently undergoing conservation. You can only see parts from the ground floor. But the good news is, you can go up the scaffold with a guide and really see the "secrets" hidden there at close quarters. Also your entrance fee to the works helps to support the conservation effort. Next year you get to go back for free to see the results of their hard work.
  • This place is amazing, such lovely buildings in probably my favorite part of London. Greenwich is a great day out, plenty to see and do. You realise when you walk round the Naval college how many movies have been made on set here. Be sure to have a wander along the river and pop into to a bar or two for a relax. The market is also great, but can get quite busy sometimes, but plenty of space to unwind in the Park. I lived here for over 10 years and wish I could be back there
  • Beautiful grounds, certainly worth visiting. You might recognize some of the buildings as they have appeared in many films (Pirates of the Caribbean, Lara Croft, National Treasure...). You must visit the Painted Hall, the Chapel and the Visitor Centre. All free, last time I was there at least. Greenwich is such a beautiful little village and The Old Royal Naval College certainly adds to it’s charm!
  • The old Royal Naval College has many different buildings from a historical perspective are very important. The main ones being the chapel and the old dining hall. The chapel has a large painting in it that cannot be moved and really ties the whole room together, so to speak. The old dining hall has quite the Masterpiece on the ceiling. It's really something you need to see.
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