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Old Royal Naval College

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Address: King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, England
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+44 20 8269 4799
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed...

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece and one of London's most popular attractions. The iconic buildings stand on the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII's favourite royal residence, and were originally designed as a refuge for old and injured sailors. The buildings and grounds are open daily and include the Painted Hall, Chapel and Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre. Admission is free.

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Stunning architecture The courtyards and walkways are so special Take care to observe the clocks.....so original

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A short walk from the Cutty Sark is the Old Royal Naval College either through the trees, or alongside side the Thames, my husband had been before with my son when he was young and wanted to show me the Painted Chapel, at no point were there signs to say that it was closed for refurbishment otherwise we would not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning architecture The courtyards and walkways are so special Take care to observe the clocks.....so original

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chapel at the Old Royal Naval Chapel is worth visiting if you're in the area. It's not worth a special trip to see this but there is much to see and do if in the area and this should be included in any visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This a very small but beautifull chappel. The arquithecture and the paitings are jaw dropping. If you are in the area take a few minutes to go inside. Like any other chappel this one has free entrance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is the complex of buildings you can see from the opposite bank of the river, and the twin domes give it away that the building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren (think mini St Paul's Cathedral dome). The building is still in use for education and you can hear the musicians practising as you walk around. The chapel was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Designed and built in the 1600's these buildings are central to Maritime Greenwich. Highlights include a dramatic painted mural on the ceiling of a hall, a chapel, and beautiful grounds to wander. I spent a couple of hours exploring and had a fine afternoon here.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I lived in London for 13 years before I discovered this hidden gem. The chapel is so peaceful with stunning architecture. The painted hall has the most incredible ceilings, it takes your breath away. The gardens are also lovely and worth visiting here on a sunny day, if possible. Well worth a visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

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... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Would recommend the Old Royal Naval College - a great piece of English Naval History with wonderful paintings and if you are lucky there might be choral practice in the chapel or a wedding. We have visited twice now and saw a military wedding on one occasion and choir practice on another. The view accross the river is great and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

The artwork in the main hall is stunning and worth spending time over, plenty of symbolism so worth researching or getting a guide. The chapel featured in 4 weddings and a funeral and is also worth a visit. The entire site is often used as a film or to set so you never know who you might bump into.

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