Old Royal Naval College

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King William Walk
Greater London
SE10 9NN

  • Box office: 020 8269 4799

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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

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

Travel directions:

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

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Meeting room available
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Conference facilities available
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Licensed bar
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups

Facilities information:

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.


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Commercial filming service
  • Handling sessions
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Roleplay/costumed interpreters available

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