Things to do at Old Royal Navy College – The Painted Hall review
The Old Royal Navy College buildings are described by UNESCO as being of “outstanding universal value” and are said to be the “finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”. They are located in Greenwich, close to the Thames River, in the capital city of London.
The grounds and some of its buildings are open to visitors. The buildings were originally built to serve as the Royal Hospital for Seamen. The hospital closed in 1869 and between 1873 and 1998 it was the Royal Navy College, Greenwich.
In 2014 the famous painted hall was restored over the course of the next three years and reopened in 2019. You can now view the magnificent room and tickets for the Painted Hall give you unlimited re-entry for a whole year. This can be done when you book or at the Visitor Centre.
Your ticket includes entrance to the Baroque interiors of the painted hall, entrance to a Victorian Skittle alley and there is a fascinating permanent exhibition including historical artefacts, scale models, film footage and hands-on displays. There are also tours that are bookable in advance. Tickets also include a multimedia guide which is available in a number of languages.
Without a ticket, you can enjoy the grounds where you are surrounded by some of the finest buildings in the world. You can also visit the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul and admire the neoclassical interiors.
Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.
FAQ and Further Information Old Royal Navy College
What are the main things to do?
Visit the beautifully restored Painted Hall, a Victorian skittle alley and a permanent exhibition, there are guided tours and multimedia guides.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. Book your tickets online to save £1. Adult tickets are £12.50 online and are valid for free returns for the next 12 months. Children aged 16 and under can visit for free when accompanied by an adult.
Is there parking?
There is parking nearby, charges apply. There is limited parking in Greenwich and they encourage you to use public transport, where possible.
When are they open?
They are open for most of the year with the odd day where they are closed. For up-to-date opening times please visit their website.
Are they accessible?
Only assistance dogs are permitted indoors.
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