What to see

Discover historic splendour and spectacle


Designed by James "Athenian" Stuart, the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in the UK and regularly holds services and music concerts.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre at the Old Royal Naval College is free to visit and is the starting point for millions of visitors to the ORNC and Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.


Author: Emma Van Allan

Grounds and Gardens

The grounds of the Old Royal Naval College offer stunning architecture and some of the best views in London.


Author: Andrew Thompson


  • Christmas Concert

    Join us in the glorious Chapel for an evening of festive carol-singing, led by our magnificent Chapel Choir. Read more


  • 4 Christopher Wren masterpieces that inspired the ORNC

    The Old Royal Naval College was one of Sir Christopher Wren’s final designs, and drew from work made across the architect's life. We look at four of his best and how they inspired the ORNC. Read more

  • Nelson's Lying-in-State in the Painted Hall

    The Painted Hall is a great symbol of Britain's proud maritime past - so it was only fitting that it should become the resting place of Britain's greatest maritime hero, Lord Horatio Nelson. Nelson's lying-in-state was an occasion of great importance in the history of the Painted Hall - and indeed of London. Read more

  • Sir James Thornhill, mastermind of the Painted Hall

    History often overlooks Sir James Thornhill, mentioned occasionally as William Hogarth’s haughty father-in-law. Yet, in his day, the artist was a superstar, whose decoration of the Painted Hall earnt him a fortune, a knighthood, and widespread renown as the “greatest History painter this Kingdom ever produced.” Read more

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