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The Old Royal Naval College’s iconic riverside estate boasts 500 years of rich history linking an incredible cast of monarchs and famous British figures including King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, William and Mary, Lord Nelson and William Shakespeare.
Built on the site of Greenwich Palace, this extraordinary building, designed by esteemed architect Sir Christopher Wren, has seen life as both a Royal Hospital and a Royal Naval College. From Henry VIII’s birthplace to Lord Nelson’s resting place, these walls contain a wealth of key historical moments.
Following an £8.5-million makeover, you can visit the incredible Painted Hall, also known as the ‘UK’s Sistine chapel’. This 18th century baroque masterpiece, the handiwork of St Paul’s Cathedral painter Sir James Thornhill, is a sight to behold.
Opposite the Painted Hall you’ll find the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul. A beautiful and peaceful place to visit, the Chapel is still an active place of worship and also holds regular lunchtime recitals from the local Trinity Laban students.
- Assistance dogs welcome
- British Sign Language
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Ear defenders available
- Facilities for hearing impaired
- Facilities for visually impaired
- Video/virtual tours
- Wheelchairs available - Manual wheelchairs are available to hire from the Tourist Information Centre in the Visitor Centre open 10am–5pm. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is a deposit of £50 which is refunded when the wheelchair is returned. For further information please call 020 830 55235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- 1m distancing in place
- 2m distancing in place
- Capacity limit - Tours are currently limited to 5 people.
- Clear signage
- Contactless payment only
- COVID-19 measures in place
- Deep cleaning between visitors
- Face mask essential (not provided) - It will not be mandatory for visitors to wear masks in outdoor spaces, however visitors taking a tour, entering the Painted Hall and/or Visitor Centre must wear a mask or face covering for the duration of that part of the visit.
- Face masks required for staff in public areas - All visitor-facing staff and volunteers will be issued with a plastic face shield.
- Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
- Hygiene screens in place
- One way system
- Online booking possible
- Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
- Coach parking - If you are travelling by coach, there is a coach drop off point in Stockwell Street (SE10 9JN) which is a 10 minute walk to the grounds. There is free coach parking on Norman Road (SE10) and Charlton Way (SE3) or paid coach parking on Park Row/Romney Road (SE10 9NL).
- Drop Off Point - If you are travelling by coach, there is a coach drop off point in Stockwell Street (SE10 9JN) which is a 10 minute walk to the grounds. There is free coach parking on Norman Road (SE10) and Charlton Way (SE3) or paid coach parking on Park Row/Romney Road (SE10 9NL).
- Guided tours for groups
- French signs/guides
- German signs/guides
- Italian signs/guides
- Spanish signs/guides
- Parking with charge - Please note that there is limited parking in Greenwich, particularly at weekends and we encourage you to use public transport if possible. Paid car parking is available in Park Row (SE10 9NL) and Cutty Sark Gardens.
- Gift shop
- Onsite Catering
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
- WiFi or internet access - Free WiFi is available at the Tourist Information Centre in the Visitor Centre.
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
- Single sex groups welcomed