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Old Royal Naval College

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Address: King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, England
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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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Beautiful, historic and forgotten about by many!

These buildings are 3 in one: Music conservatoire, University, and tourist attraction! You might recognise the grounds from a movie or TV show (Les Mis, Thor 2, The Crown...), or... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

These buildings are 3 in one: Music conservatoire, University, and tourist attraction! You might recognise the grounds from a movie or TV show (Les Mis, Thor 2, The Crown...), or you might know it as the birthplace of Henry VIII. Full of history, the buildings were originally a naval hospital, then a naval college and now the buildings you see... More 

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Darmstadt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is, no doubt, a grand room. Therefore often used for events and closed to the public. The paintings, the deco, the building itself is worth seeing. A bit out of the beaten track but not by much

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Thank you for your recommendation, sjpo! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Information centre (w/ general exhibition about the buildings and the historical background) interesting. Guided tours are offered. The chapel is beautiful and worth a visit, but Sundays at 11am, there is a service being held. The painted hall is closed, but there will be ceiling tours available from 1st of April. We´ll need to return then.

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ORNC, Manager at Old Royal Naval College, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your recommendation onzils. Please do come back on one of our Painted Hall Ceiling Tours to view London's largest painted ceiling from only feet away and find out what our conservators are working on. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Greenwich navel collage is steeped in history. It's a amazing you have got to see the painted chapel it's stunning.And the veiw of the river is great it's a must visit place.

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Thank you very much for your recommendation srar13! More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was asked to sing at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel with my choir. The venue was beautiful with amazing art and historical architecture.

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ORNC, Manager at Old Royal Naval College, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommendation PetrinaKristine. The beautiful neoclassical Chapel is very special, and open to the public with regular services and musical performances. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Old Royal Naval College is an impressive collection of buildings which are free to go around. If you go to the visitor centre you can have free guided tours around some of the buildings including the chapel, which is beautiful. At present the painted hall is closed for renovation so looking forward to seeing it in all its glory... More 

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ORNC, Manager at Old Royal Naval College, responded to this review

Thank you for recommending our free guided tours, Starnurse2. Do come back on one of our Painted Hall Ceiling Tours and find out more about the conservation work we're doing. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took a day trip to Greenwich from central London during our trip. WOW! We were all so amazed. It was a beautiful day and walking around the grounds and the chapel was such a great experience. 😊😊

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Thanks very much for your recommendation, Jessica. Do come back for one of our Painted Hall Ceiling Tours! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A stunning and important piece of British heritage, a UNESCO world heritage site, now open to the public as part of the Greenwich Foundation, after some years use by the University of Greenwich.

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Porcia, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just another cool place to see in England. Lots of stuff on King Henry and Queen Elizabeth as well as the Royal Navy. Lots of history in this area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

A short walk from the Cutty Sark is the Old Royal Naval College either through the trees, or alongside side the Thames, my husband had been before with my son when he was young and wanted to show me the Painted Chapel, at no point were there signs to say that it was closed for refurbishment otherwise we would not... More 

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