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Old Royal Naval College Tours

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Old Royal Naval College
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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The Old Royal Naval College is located on the south bank of the River Thames in Greenwich, South London, a short walk from the Cutty Sark. The venue is open daily from 10am and 5pm and is free to enter, although ticket costs may apply for exhibitions, performances and workshops. Free 45-minute guided walking tours are held from Mon to Fri at 1.30pm and 3pm, or Sat and Sun at 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 3pm.
Address: King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, England
Hours: Open daily 10am-5pm
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Skip the Line: The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College TicketAttraction Tickets

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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The Painted Hall and One Way Thames Clippers ticketAttraction Tickets

The Painted Hall and One Way Thames Clippers ticket

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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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Thames Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

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Discover the sights and history of London from the water on this leisurely cruise down the Thames River. With your 24-hour pass, enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s main riverside attractions like the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament from within an all-weather vessel, and hop on or off at any stop along the way. Create your own London adventure.
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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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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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Greenwich private walking tour

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One of London’s most history-saturated, landmark-packed areas, pretty Greenwich is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and this private walking tour makes it easy to discover its highlights. Meet your guide at the Cutty Sark DLR station, and set off on foot. Over the course of the tour, you’ll discover the beautiful Old Royal Naval College (designed by Christopher Wren), the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark (a 19th-century ship), Greenwich Park, and more.
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Find hidden treasure across a UNESCO world heritage site: Greenwich, LondonSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

Find hidden treasure across a UNESCO world heritage site: Greenwich, London

Join us for an exciting, guided, treasure hunt with physical containers with real items hidden all across the Greenwich Park UNESCO world heritage site - a site that also has some of the best views of the city anywhere in London! The UNESCO site we will be adventuring around contains the Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory (the birthplace of standardised time), the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Market, and the National Maritime Museum. What to expect: An unique and exciting day out Find secret treasure containers hidden in famous locations; trade a small prize or sign the sheet, and then replace the container for future travellers to discover Explore the world-famous landmarks and secret spots hidden within the UNESCO world heritage site with your experienced guide Challenge yourself with puzzles, riddles, codes, hidden containers, and orienteering Suitable for solo travellers, families, couples, friend groups, and tourists.
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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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Private Greenwich Film Locations TourFull-day Tours

Private Greenwich Film Locations 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 foot tunnel, Old Royal Naval College and Royal Observatory and discover how these iconic and historical locations have been featured in more than 40 memorable screen productions.
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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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Private Greenwich Heritage Photography TourPhotography Tours

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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Film and TV Location Tours at the Old Royal Naval CollegeCultural Tours

Film and TV Location Tours at the Old Royal Naval College

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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What are Old Royal Naval College hours of operation?
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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.
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Should I book Old Royal Naval College tickets in advance?
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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 11 Old Royal Naval College tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Old Royal Naval College 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Old Royal Naval College costs USD 15.30. Guided Old Royal Naval College tours start around USD 15.30 per person. See all 11 Old Royal Naval College tickets and tours on Viator.
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