Behind-the-scenes tour of ‘the most popular filming location in the world.

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A fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of ‘the most popular filming location in the world - (Empire magazine)

From a starring role as Buckingham Palace in The Crown to 19th Century revolutionary Paris in Les Misérables, and more recently as the backdrop for the award-winning TV period drama series Bridgerton, the Old Royal Naval College has provided the setting for some of the most memorable scenes in major international film and TV productions. On this tour you will be guided through over 60 years of filming, both outside on our iconic riverside grounds and inside the magnificent Painted Hall. Learn tricks of the trade, how the magic is made and some intriguing ‘behind the scenes’ tales.

Tour highlights include:
- The exact spot where Buckingham Palace was recreated for The Crown (2016 – present)
- See where the romantic plots in Bridgerton unravelled
- Who saved the world when in 2013 The Old Royal Naval College hosted a crashed spacecraft in a climactic battle scene
- Which handsome couple waltzed the night away in the iconic scene from Indiscreet, filmed in a replica Painted Hall in 1958
- The antics of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011) and Emma Stone as Cruella in Disney’s 2021 delve into the villainess’ backstory
- Where it was in the Painted Hall that Nigel Hawthorne became King George in The Madness of King George (1994) watched over by his forebear George I, depicted in the famous painting
- Exactly the place in which Rowan Atkinson utters the classic line, “Repeat after me, I do take thee, Lydia Jane Hibbott, to be my awful wedded wife,” in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

* Parts of this tour takes place outdoors

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Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Currency Exchange - Available at the Tourist Information Centre in the Visitor Centre, open 10am–5pm. For further information please call 020 830 55235 or email


  • Guided tours for groups

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


Map & Directions

Film & TV Location Tour


Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NN
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Opening Times

August (6 Aug 2022 - 28 Aug 2022)
Thursday - Sunday12:30 - 13:30
14:30 - 15:30
September (3 Sept 2022 - 25 Sept 2022)
Thursday - Sunday12:30 - 13:30
14:30 - 15:30
October (1 Oct 2022 - 30 Oct 2022)
Saturday - Sunday12:30 - 13:30
14:30 - 15:30
November (5 Nov 2022 - 27 Nov 2022)
Saturday - Sunday12:30 - 13:30
14:30 - 15:30
December (3 Dec 2022 - 18 Dec 2022)
Saturday - Sunday12:30 - 13:30
14:30 - 15:30

* * Film tours last 60 minutes and are part of your overall admission ticket including entry to the Painted Hall, the Victorian Skittle Alley and other talks and tours. Tickets can be converted to an annual pass either online or at the Visitor Centre on the day of your visit free of charge.

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