Old Royal Naval College

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The Old Royal Naval College, an architectural gem steeped in maritime history and heroism. Stepping through its majestic gates, you enter a world where the past and naval grandeur come to life. Each stone of this emblematic site tells a rich story, from its vital role in the maritime epic to its transformation into a cultural and educational space.

A true marvel awaits you at the heart of this estate: the Painted Hall, often called the "Sistine Chapel of the United Kingdom". Inside this room adorned with grand frescoes, you will marvel at the artistic details and historical scenes that adorn the walls and ceiling. Each painting tells a story, capturing the heroic spirit of the British Navy and celebrating the country's glorious past. It is an extraordinary visual experience that will transport you to a world of art and history.

Whether you're a history buff, an architecture buff, an avid art admirer or simply looking for an immersion in the past, the Old Royal Naval College promises a captivating experience. Each step brings you closer to London's naval heritage, and every corner reveals a new side to its fascinating history.

Opening hours

  • Tuesday : 10:00 - 17:00

  • Wednesday : 10:00 - 17:00

  • Thursday : 10:00 - 17:00

  • Friday : 10:00 - 17:00

  • Saturday : 10:00 - 17:00

  • Sunday : 10:00 - 17:00

  • Monday : 10:00 - 17:00

How to get there?

Old Royal Naval College

King William Walk, East Greenwich , SE10 9NN