Old Royal Naval College

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Old Royal Naval College
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Old Royal Naval College

The buildings of Greenwich Hospital, designed by John Webb, Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor and for more than 100 years home to the Royal Naval College, are being restored to house Greenwich University, Trinity College of Music and a new Maritime Institute. Following the restoration of the seventeenth-century Painted Hall, a tribute to William and Mary that took Sir James Thornhill 19 years to complete, and the rococo Chapel, where free organ recitals are held, both are open to the public. The Discover Greenwich visitor Centre is also on the site of the Old Royal Naval College (open daily 10am-5pm; adm free).


Venue name: Old Royal Naval College
Address: College Approach
SE10 9LW
Transport: Rail: Greenwich rail/Cutty Sark DLR
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  • Walks and tours Until Sunday September 30 2018

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Sarah J

I recently visited towards the end of the Summer, and managed to catch a free 30 min walking tour. It was so informative, so I would definitely recommend planning a visit around this if possible. The highlights of the tour were learning fun and interesting facts about the previous uses of the college and the architectures, and visiting the 'painted hall' at the end. It was so grand and although it will be partially closed to the public over the coming months for a huge restoration project - we were told it will soon be open so visitors can actually see how the restoration takes place, which is certainly a unique opportunity!

Ray Wiseman

I come here every year around 10 November for the Early Music Festival. The 'painted hall' is taken over by exhibitors displaying (and playing) everything from shawms to harpsichords. Amazing atmosphere, and beautiful buildings, all overlooking the Thames. And Greenwich itself is so vibrant and colourful, with so much to interest. Not to be missed.


I love walking through here - when it a Naval College it was closed to the public, but now the building is shared by Trinity/Laban Music College and Greenwich University. Great to hear the students practising as you walk by. Wonderful architecture (Sir Christoher Wren) and river views.