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Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College

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The grand focal point of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage site, the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is an impressive architectural feat, stretching along the banks of the River Thames. Originally designed as a Royal Naval Hospital, the ORNC was the work of legendary architect Sir Christopher Wren (whose other masterpieces include St Paul’s Cathedral) and was built on the site of the Greenwich Palace, the birthplace of Henry VIII.

The magnificent classical buildings, with their twin domes, striking colonnaded façade and vast lawns now serve as the dramatic centerpiece of Greenwich and offer a fascinating introduction to the neighborhood for visitors. Highlights of a visit include the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, where exhibitions are devoted to the ORNC and Greenwich’s maritime heritage; Sir James Thornhill’s spectacular Painted Hall; and the neo-classical style Chapel of St Peter and St Paul. Throughout the year, the ORNC also hosts a number of music performances, exhibitions, workshops and special events.

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Open daily 10am-5pm
King William Walk, London, England, SE10 9NN
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Skip the Line: The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Ticket

Skip the Line: The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Ticket

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Discover one of London’s hidden gems, the magnificent Painted Hall, in the heart of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage site. Known as ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’, Sir James Thornhill’s magnificent Painted Hall is an epic baroque masterpiece. Hear the intriguing history of this iconic site and walk in the footsteps of Tudor monarchs. View the foundations of the former Greenwich Palace, birthplace of the notorious King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, plus the room where Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson lay in state after the Battle of Trafalgar, all part of your Painted Hall tour. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Explore Sir Christopher Wren’s stunning buildings and wander the extensive riverside grounds (open 8am-11pm daily). Painted Hall tickets include entry to the Chapel and the Skittle Alley where you can try your hand at Victorian bowling. Multimedia guides and guided tours also included.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.29
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Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise

Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise

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Glide by some of London’s must-see landmarks on a sightseeing cruise from Westminster to Greenwich on the Thames River. Step aboard your comfortable cruise boat at Westminster Pier and listen to the entertaining live commentary as you pass sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Drink in the views from the open or indoor deck, and at Greenwich, step ashore to visit attractions (own expense) such as the Cutty Sark or National Maritime Museum. Upgrade to include a return cruise back to Westminster.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Royal Greenwich Private Day Tour

Royal Greenwich Private Day Tour

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Discover one of London’s most atmospheric and history-saturated areas when you go on a private tour of Greenwich. Meet your guide at your London hotel, and travel via public transportation (own expense) to Greenwich. Visit the UNESCO-listed Old Royal Naval College and the National Maritime Museum; admire the Cutty Sark, a restored, 19th-century clipper ship; explore the Royal Observatory, where Sir Isaac Newton once worked; and enjoy the views overlooking London.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$327.23
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Film and TV Location Tours at the Old Royal Naval College

Film and TV Location Tours at the Old Royal Naval College

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Spot the locations being used in place of Buckingham Palace’s courtyard in The Crown (2016-2019). Inside the Painted Hall, see where Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman waltzed the night away in Indiscreet (1958). Walk in the footsteps of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011) and Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides (2011). View the Painted Hall backdrop for a scene in The Madness of King George (1994) cleverly chosen for its paintings depicting George I, the great grandfather of King George III. Visit Lower Grand Square which hosted a crashed spacecraft in a climactic battle scene in Thor: The Dark World (2013). In the Chapel, view the wedding venue of Rowan Atkinson’s famous performance in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of Greenwich Walking Tour in London Including Lunch

Best of Greenwich Walking Tour in London Including Lunch

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Discover the cultural hub and maritime center of Greenwich on a 6.5-hour walking tour including lunch. Step aboard the legendary Cutty Sark, visit the home of Greenwich Mean Time at the Greenwich Royal Observatory, visit the recently-renovated Queen's House, and tour the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College. Browse for bargains at the lively Greenwich market, then tuck into a traditional pub lunch overlooking the River Thames.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$209.16
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Greenwich Highlights Half Day Walking Tour in London

Greenwich Highlights Half Day Walking Tour in London

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Head downriver from central London to the Royal Borough of Greenwich, for a half-day walking tour. Visit the Greenwich Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park, marvel at the Painted Hall in the Old Royal Naval College and tour the National Maritime Museum. After a coffee break at the Museum café, pick up some unique souvenirs from Greenwich Market, then explore aboard the recently restored Cutty Sark teaclipper.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.20
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Private Greenwich Heritage Photography Tour

Private Greenwich Heritage Photography Tour

Explore and photograph the World Heritage Site of Greenwich Maritime, famous for its Cutty Sark Clipper, Old Royal Naval College, The Queen's House, Old Trinity Hospital and the beautiful natural landscape of Greenwich Park. Learn how to get the best photographs possible with a professional Fine Art Photographer to guide you around the most inspiring Royal Heritage Sites. Take a step off the beaten track and discover hidden gems, ancient taverns, outstanding river views and cobbled streets. Photograph from the outside historic buildings and architecture. Walk in the footsteps of Henry V111 who was born in Greenwich. Learn about, composition and framing. Light and how to use it to its best advantage. White balance and colour attributes whilst enjoying the photographic nature of the locations. Take home photos to be proud of and creative techniques to use for the rest of your trip. This is a photography tour not to be missed. Suitable for all types of digital cameras and smart phones.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$222.74
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Greenwich Film Locations Walking Tour

Greenwich Film Locations Walking Tour

Uncover the film locations of Greenwich on a 2-hour walking tour with an expert guide. You’ll see the highlights of Greenwich including the Old Royal Naval College and its Painted Hall and Chapel. Discover how this iconic and historical location have been featured in more than 40 memorable screen productions.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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'The Crown' Film Locations Private Car Tour

'The Crown' Film Locations Private Car Tour

Explore the magnificent London film locations from the famous TV series ‘The Crown’ on this spectacular five-hour Private tour. Your Evan Evans Expert Guide will bring the incredible royal history to life as you follow in the footsteps of the much-loved Claire Foy and Matt Smith. Whether you're travelling solo, as a couple, group, or as a family, we're proud to offer a modern and prestigious fleet of luxury vehicles to cater for everyone,
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$363.74
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Go London Explorer Pass: Up to 40% Off Top Attractions

Go London Explorer Pass: Up to 40% Off Top Attractions

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Save big on combined admission prices to top London attractions with this London Explorer Pass. You choose whether to get a pass that grants you access to three, four, five, or seven attractions. Choose where to redeem your Explorer credits from a list of London’s most popular spots visited by tourists and locals alike such as the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, and SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for one year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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The Painted Hall and Uber Boats by Thames Clippers Hop On, Hop Off pass

The Painted Hall and Uber Boats by Thames Clippers Hop On, Hop Off pass

Enjoy two essential London experiences in one when you book this combination sightseeing package. Your purchase includes round-trip tickets on the Thames Clippers: a fleet of high-speed catamarans that glide regularly down the Thames. Admire the riverside scenery before disembarking at Greenwich, where you can visit the Painted Hall: often called “the UK’s answer to the Sistine Chapel,” the remarkable landmark is part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Painted Hall and One Way journey on Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

The Painted Hall and One Way journey on Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

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The Painted Hall is the magnificent centrepiece of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, designed by legendary architect Sir Christopher Wren. This flexible entrance ticket lets you visit the Painted Hall at a time of your choosing and spend as long as you like admiring the masterpiece of English baroque art—known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’. Also included is a one-way ticket for the MBNA Thames Clipper, so you can travel between Greenwich and central London by high-speed boat.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Old Royal Naval College hours of operation: Open daily 10am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Old Royal Naval College can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 12 Old Royal Naval College tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Old Royal Naval College costs USD 16.29. Guided Old Royal Naval College tours start around USD 16.29 per person. See all 12 Old Royal Naval College tickets and tours on Viator.