Queen's House

Attractions, Historic buildings and sites Greenwich

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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The Queen's house is a really interesting building full of great architecture including lots of geometrically-patterned designs and mathematical proportions for those who are numerically inclined. This building features the famous tulip staircase which is not only really beautiful to see but is a piece of architectural history as the first self-supporting spiral staircase in Britain. 

It's free and once you've found the small, slightly hidden entrance, you'll find plenty of 16th and 17th century art and it's situated in a beautiful area (picture below is the view from just outside the Queens house entrance) so it's a great place to spend a couple of hours in an afternoon around Greenwich. 


The famous instagrammable Tulip Stairs are housed here, in Queens House! Tulip stairs are the first spiral stairs in UK that didn't have any support structure. Apart from that, there is a huge art collection, beautiful ceilings and marble floors, to spend 2-3 hours while being in Greenwich area. The entrance is through a small door in the floor of the building, not easily to notice - free entrance.


The Queen’s House in Greenwich is a stunning architecture masterpiece which opened after restorations a few months ago.  The exhibition is free and will take you around 2 hours to go through all the rooms. It's amazing how individual halls maintain a specific colour scheme - royal blue, burgundy red, gold. 

The main feature is its Tulip Stairs and it is simply beyond imaginable. Not only it's visually jaw-dropping it's also an incredible piece of architecture as there is no central structure and stone treads are just lock into each other. It creates an illusion that the stairs are floating. Something not to miss!!!


Not far from some of Greenwich's attractions like Cutty Sark, Greenwich Observatory or the National Maritime Museum there's the Queen's House, which re-opened after a year-long extensive refurbishment. The Queen's House was originally built in 1636, but only started to be used by the royal family during the Civil War in 1642 up until 1805. Today while visiting it, you cannot see anymore how it used to be, as it has become an exhibition place, making it nearly empty in terms of furniture. However, you can still admire its pristine white exteriors with a double staircase and a perfect symmetry (trying to image how it use to be a peace oasis for the royals), Inigo Jones' marvelous Tulip staircase and its extensive collection of paintings, which, beware, are not placed randomly in the single rooms, in fact, every painting in each room is linked by a common thread (ex: there's a room dedicated to the House's building, one dedicated to the representation of the sea, etc...) What is more is that it is free to visit and if you're careful enough, or simply interested in art history, you might be able to spot paintings by Gainsborough, Turner, Hogarth, and Reynolds. 


A former royal residence and getaway for many Queens over the years, The Queen's House has recently re-opened after what I understand to have been extensive refurbishment works. As you enter off of the bustling Romney Road in Greenwich, you can't help but struggle to imagine how this could have been a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the London metropolis. However, once inside the gates, the slight madness of the area fades away and you are left with just its architectural beauty, with the back drop of Greenwich Park, staring back at you and inviting you in. 

Like most cultural attractions in the Old Smoke of London, The Queen's House is free to enter, though of course donations are more than welcome and I believe exhibitions, that change regularly over the course of the year, do incur an entrance fee, and rightly so!

If you were impressed by the exterior, the interior will wow you more so; you do not have to be a fan of or expert in maritime-themed art to appreciate the vibrant and diverse rooms, the ornate furnishings and the more subtle, yet still impactful, quirks of the texture-finished ceilings, stairwells and statues. 

What's best is that visiting this residence would not take up your entire day but would very nicely complement a day out in Greenwich alongside a trip to the market, the Cutty Sark, adjoining Maritime Museum and adjacent Greenwich University and of course the park itself and its Observatory.

If you want to see something a little unique, something free and something a little more on the peaceful side, then The Queen's House, still a little hidden treasure in Greenwich, may just be the perfect thing for you!


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!