Queen's House

Attractions , Historic buildings and sites Greenwich
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The Queen's House will close for refurbishment on July 27 2015, reopening on Tuesday October 11 2016.

The art collection of the Royal Museums Greenwich is displayed in what was formerly the summer villa of Charles I’s queen, Henrietta Maria. Completed in 1638 by Inigo Jones, the house has an interior as impressive as the paintings on the walls. As well as the stunning 1635 marble floor, look for Britain’s first centrally unsupported spiral stair, fine painted woodwork and ceilings, and the Great Hall, which is a perfect cube. The collection includes portraits of famous maritime figures and works by Hogarth and Gainsborough, as well as some wartime art from the 20th century and exotic pictures from Captain Cook’s explorations.

Venue name: Queen's House
Address: Romney Road
SE10 9NF
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Transport: Tube: Cutty Sark DLR
Price: Free
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Fully refurbished after a year of refurbishment, The Queen’s House has re-opened its magnificent self to the public to visit. Once an unpolished gem before works began, I think it’s fair to say it’s now one of the must-visit places in Greenwich.

Once the home summer villa of Charles I queen Henrietta Marie, The Queen’s House is now an art gallery depicting portraits of famous Maritime heroes as well as wartime paintings from the 20th century. There are 22 rooms where masterpieces representing the last 400 years hang. You can spend a long time wondering around without realising the time like I did. It’s a truly beautiful building with beautiful paintings.

Look out for the mesmerising 1635 marble floor, and the gorgeous detailed ceiling restored to its past glory by Richard Wright, winner of the Turner prize.

Also look out for the famous Tulip staircase, England’s first unsupported spiral staircase. Stand at the foot of the staircase and look up. You can understand why people have unapologetically Instagrammed the hell out of it. Did you know it is also the location of ghost sightings too?

Only a few minutes walk away from Cutty Sark DLR station and even closer to several attractions such as the National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Park, there are so many reasons to reasons why you should visit The Queen’s House as part of your adventures in Greenwich. You can even choose to arrive on a Thames Clipper if you feel inclined to arrive in style. It’s get’s better: it’s free to explore.

So go!