Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College
King William Walk
Greenwich
Greater London
SE10 9NN
England

Website

Old Royal Naval College

www.ornc.org

The Painted Hall

www.ornc.org/visit/attractions/painted-hall

The Chapel

www.ornc.org/visit/attractions/chapel

Events

www.ornc.org/events

Visit us

www.ornc.org/visit

E-mail

Group visits

boxoffice@ornc.org

Learning

learning@ornc.org

Venue hire

venuehire@ornc.org

Documentary and commercial filming

info@ornc.org

News and media filming

press@ornc.org

Telephone

Box office

020 8269 4799

Fax

020 8269 4757

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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Welcome to the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC), Sir Christopher Wren’s twin-domed riverside masterpiece and one of London’s most famous landmarks. The ORNC is open daily and is a breathtaking place to visit – whether you have an hour or a day.

The iconic buildings stand on the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence and include the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, Painted Hall and Chapel. You can find out more about the ORNC’s intriguing past by joining one of our daily guided tours.

The buildings and grounds of the ORNC were originally designed as a refuge for old and injured sailors in the 1690s. Later the site became a training college for officers in the Royal Navy. Today the beautiful interiors and grounds are free to visit and host an exciting range of events all year round.

Explore over 500 years of history at the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, browse for design led gifts in the Shop at the ORNC or enjoy a beer at The Old Brewery. See the Painted Hall where Admiral Lord Nelson lay in state after his death in the Battle of Trafalgar, experience the grand neo-classical Chapel or attend public events at the ORNC.

Venue Type:

Ship or maritime heritage site, Historic house or home, Heritage site

Opening hours

The Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, Painted Hall and Chapel are open to visitors daily between 10am and 5pm. The grounds are open daily from 8.00 to 18.00.

Daily guided tours run at 12.00 & 14.00 lasting approximately 60 minutes and cost £5 per person (free for children under 16).

Private group tours lasting 90 minutes are available at £7.50 per person. Please call for availability.

In the Chapel, a service of worship is held every Sunday at 11.00, to which all are welcome.

The ORNC is closed to the public on 24, 25 & 26 December. The Chapel and/or Painted Hall may occasionally be closed at short notice, please see the website for updates.

Admission charges

Admission to the Old Royal Naval College: Free
(includes the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, Painted Hall, Chapel and grounds)

Getting there

By DLR: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich (Zone 2/3)
By tube: Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf and change for DLR as above.
By Rail: Greenwich Zone 2 from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge and Dartford.
By River: Greenwich Pier (Zone 2)
By Bus: 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286 386

Additional info

Please contact us on 020 8269 4799 if you require wheelchair access and we can send you information regarding the step-free route around the site. Access for wheelchairs into the Chapel is provided by a Stairmate machine.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Maritime, Religion

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Treasures of the Thames

  • 18 May 2014 10:30am-1:30pm

Sort and identify archaeological objects on the foreshore of the River Thames in this hands-on family workshop led by Thames Explorer Trust. Suitable for ages 7+. Booking required.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£8 per adult, £6 per child. Suitable for ages 7+. Booking required.

Website

http://www.ornc.org/events/detail/treasures-of-the-thames1

Comic Life

  • 27 May 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

In this whole day session we will be exploring storyboarding techniques and creating our own digital comic book pages inspired by the many stories and characters associated with the ORNC. Booking required. Ages 11-14.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

Tickets £5.

Website

http://www.ornc.org/events/detail/comic-life-young-creatives-event

Animate This!

  • 28 May 2014 1-4pm

Celebrate the opening of our ‘ORNC Goes To The Movies’ exhibition and try your hand at making moving images: from zoetropes to digital animation. Free, donations welcome. Suitable for ages 5+. Drop in workshop.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Getting there

By DLR: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich (Zone 2/3)
By tube: Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf and change for DLR as above.
By Rail: Greenwich Zone 2 from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge and Dartford.
By River: Greenwich Pier (Zone 2)
By Bus: 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286 386

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