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Old Royal Naval College

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Address: King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, England
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+44 20 8269 4799
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed...

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is Sir Christopher Wren's twin-domed riverside masterpiece and one of London's most popular attractions. The iconic buildings stand on the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII's favourite royal residence, and were originally designed as a refuge for old and injured sailors. The buildings and grounds are open daily and include the Painted Hall, Chapel and Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre. Admission is free.

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Painted ceiling - fascinating!

Once in a lifetime opportunity to view the painted ceiling up close. Hour long tour, which started with a 10minute overview sitting, then we climbed up to view. Well worth seeing... read more

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Once in a lifetime opportunity to view the painted ceiling up close. Hour long tour, which started with a 10minute overview sitting, then we climbed up to view. Well worth seeing, and our guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer all of our questions. Was actually surprised by how good it was!

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This was a fantastic chance to see the painted ceiling at arms length. The tour was informative and very interesting. I was a bit nervous as I'm not a fan of heights but this was surprisingly fine, the climb to the top was easy and safe. A real treat in beautiful surroundings.

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Wonderful! And a knowledgeable guide made the experience thoroughly worthwhile, with many special insights and anecdotes. Worry not about the climb, or the safety - all is taken care of. The 66 steps are comfortably graduated, and everyone takes their time. An hour to remember, and if they get the conservation right, once the scaffolding is removed, you won't get... More 

Thank John M
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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UWe last visited Greenwich in 2012 for the Olympic events. My brother recommended this tour and we booked our visit very easily online to avoid disappointment. There is so much to see at Greenwich with the Painted Hall, Chapel, Maritime museum, Queen's House, Cutty Sark and the Observatory not to forget just walking by the river and the park. Our... More 

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Fantastic visit to the painted hall ceiling, we had been before and seen it from the ground but to see it up close was amazing. Our guide was excellent with a great deal of knowledge. Well worth it even for someone who is afraid of heights!!!!

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We attended a wedding here in the Admiral's House with a reception under the Painted Hall. The venue is quite simply spectacular, with beautifully cared for old buildings and a large collection of interesting paintings and sculptures to admire. The photos from the day had these buildings as the background which added to the sense of occasion. As part of... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The ceiling in the Painted Hall is currently undergoing conservation. You can take a trip tpo get a close up view of the work and find out how it is being conserved. I ahd a very good and knowledgeable guide, Craig, and the whole trip was fascinating. Well worth it and a unique experience.

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This is once in a lifetime opportunity! Book an hour long tour to see the ceiling from an arm's length away. Truly amazing and with information from your guide it's made even more memorable. Although tickets can be booked online we just turned up on the day. Do check when the tours are available to avoid disappointment. Having had such... More 

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If you are into art, history, culture or just want an experince not to be missed then you have to visit this masterpiece.

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We had a wonderful visit to the Old Naval College in Greenwich and did a guided tour of the painted ceiling in the Painted Hall. Our guide was full of information and made the whole experience very interesting with his knowledge of the history of the painting. Well worth a visit and we are going back once the renovation is... More 

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