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About the Old Royal Naval College

A cluster of buildings that used to house the Royal Navy's college, but is now partially a public museum, and part used by the local university.

Most famous for the impressive painted hall, where Admiral Nelson lay in state following the Battle of Trafalgar.

There is also a Georgian era church, and on occasions, the tudor bowling alley is open for tours.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Old Royal Naval College,
2 Cutty Sark Gardens,
London,
SE10 9LW

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Fequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to Old Royal Naval College

The nearest station is Cutty Sark DLR which is 0.3 miles away.


Old Royal Naval College - Latest News

A glowing earth fills the Painted Hall in Greenwich
A glowing earth fills the Painted Hall in Greenwich

Luke Jerram’s huge glowing earth has returned to Greenwich’s Painted Hall, filling the baroque space with a slowly rotating orb.

Tickets Alert: A glowing earth returns to Greenwich’s Painted Hall
Tickets Alert: A glowing earth returns to Greenwich’s Painted Hall

It was hugely popular last time, so Luke Jerram’s huge glowing earth is returning to Greenwich’s Painted Hall.

Old Royal Naval College reopening with a host of outdoor events
Old Royal Naval College reopening with a host of outdoor events

While the Painted Hall will have to remain shut, the rest of the Old Royal Naval College is planning a range of outdoor events to lure people back to Greenwich.

Tickets Alert: Better than half price entry to the Painted Hall
Tickets Alert: Better than half price entry to the Painted Hall

The restored Painted Hall in Greenwich — the UK’s own Sistine Chapel — is starting an offer that sees the first Sunday of every month offer a big discount on the entry fee.

Tickets Alert: Free entry to Greenwich’s Painted Hall
Tickets Alert: Free entry to Greenwich’s Painted Hall

Greenwich’s restored Painted Hall normally charges for entry, but for a couple of weeks, entry will be free in the evenings.

Admire the “Wedgwood chapel” in Greenwich
Admire the “Wedgwood chapel” in Greenwich

Behind a gray stone facade and up some plain steps can be found a riot of blue and gold — the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College.

Visit Greenwich’s Painted Hall
Visit Greenwich’s Painted Hall

Apart from the park, the observatory and the “replica” sailing ship, Greenwich is home to one of the grandest painted halls in the world.

The UK’s “Sistine Chapel” – Greenwich’s Painted Hall to reopen in March
The UK’s “Sistine Chapel” – Greenwich’s Painted Hall to reopen in March

After two years of being hidden from view under mountains of scaffolding, Greenwich’s magnificent Painted Hall is to reopen to the public in March.

Tickets Alert: Behind the scenes at the Old Royal Naval College
Tickets Alert: Behind the scenes at the Old Royal Naval College

Spend an evening exploring some of the rarely seen parts of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

Three months left for “once in a lifetime” chance to see the Painted Hall
Three months left for “once in a lifetime” chance to see the Painted Hall

One of those quite literally Once-In-A-Lifetime opportunities comes to an end in just three months time.

 

Recent exhibitions

Ascend 60 feet and uncover the secrets of London’s largest painted ceiling.
2017-04-01
2017-07-31
Explore the history of the Wrens in Greenwich. New interviews and research offer a rare female perspective into the fascinating history of the Old Royal Naval College.
2017-07-07
2017-12-03
Chorus
Free  
Chorus is an installation of giant kinetic sculptures, a celestial choir of spinning sound machines, created by award-winning artist and British Composer of the Year, Ray Lee.
2020-08-28
2020-08-31
Gaia
Free  
Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram - a giant floating balloon of the earth.
2020-08-28
2020-09-06
Gaia Returns to the Painted Hall
This monumental sculpture by Luke Jerram amazes audiences as it rotates slowly while suspended in mid-air, an exact scale replica of Earth made using NASA imagery.
2021-05-30
2021-07-01
500 Years of Mischief and Mayhem in Greenwich
Original artworks and illustrations from his booklets, inspired by the art in the Painted Hall, will be on display.
2021-05-17
2021-09-30

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