London’s largest architecture festival – Old Royal Naval College joins Open House for a weekend of free public access (excluding Painted Hall) and tours of some of the most awe-inspiring and hidden architectural spaces of the 17th Century and Tudor period.

Purchased a ticket? Find out what you need to know for the day at www.ornc.org/openhouse2019


King William Undercroft

Drop-in: 10am – 5pm

Architect-led tours: Sat 2.30 and 3.30 + Sun 11.30, 12.30, 2.30 and 3.30 (max 15). Pre-book

The Undercroft has been elegantly renewed for contemporary use by Hugh Broughton Architects as an introductory area to the Painted Hall with café, shop and interpretation displays. (Charge applies for entry to the Painted Hall upstairs).

© James Brittain

King William Undercroft Architect tours have now sold out. We do not have a waiting list for these tours, however spaces may become available on the day if people do not show up. In this case, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and we will only be able to allocate spaces up to the limit of 15 per tour. 

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Jacobean Undercroft

Hourly tours: 11am-4pm (max 15). Pre-book

A rare opportunity to explore a surviving part of Greenwich Palace, a vaulted brick and stone space built beneath the Great Hall of the Tudor Palace during the reign of James I, located under the Queen Anne Building.

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Jacobean Undercroft tours have now sold out. We do not have a waiting list for these tours, however spaces may become available on the day if people do not show up. In this case, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and we will only be able to allocate spaces up to the limit of 15 per tour. 


Queen Mary Court

Tours: 11.30-12.30, 12.30-1.30pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2.30-3.30pm, 3.30-4.30pm

Queen Mary's Court was the last of the four Royal Naval Hospital buildings to be completed, following Christopher Wren's layout, but designed and built by Thomas Ripley.

The university has retained the historic layout throughout. The cabin walls have been stripped back to reveal original timber panelling, barrel vaulting and Portland stone.

Sold out times:

  • Saturday 2:30pm

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Queen Anne Court

Tours: 11.30-12.30, 12.30-1.30pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2.30-3.30pm, 3.30-4.30pm

Now houses the new headquarters of the University, work began in 1689 to mirror Webb’s King Charles Building and was not completed until c.1749 when Thomas Ripley built the end pavilions facing the river.

The east front consists of 23 bays in Portland stone ashlar (dressed stone). The whole façade is rusticated with quintuple keystones above each window.

 

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King William Court

Tours: 11.00-12.00, 12.00-1.00pm, 1.00-2.00pm, 2.00-3.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed under the direction Nicholas Hawksmoor and John Vanbrugh in 1712. With original wood-panelling, King William Court houses the magnificent Painted Hall and, King William Undercroft and University of Greenwich.

 

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Sold out times: 

  • Saturday, 11am
  • Saturday, 1pm
  • Sunday, 11am

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Chapel

Drop-in: 10am – 5pm

The neo-classical Chapel of St Peter & St Paul designed by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart in the 1780s. Learn more about the Chapel’s interesting history and interior design, including the expertly crafted plasterwork and mouldings, black and white marble flooring, 17th century altarpiece and Samuel Green organ.


Admiral’s House

Drop-in: 10am – 5pm

One of the oldest surviving parts of the site, Admiral’s House, overlooking the Thames, was once the residence of the Governor of the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Designed by John Webb (1611-1672) for Charles II as part of a plan to create a royal palace to rival Versailles. Grade I listed. A rare chance to view this elegant space.

© Edward Hill Photography


Visitor Centre

Drop-in: 10am – 5pm

The Visitor Centre features displays on the architecture of the site and over 500 years of fascinating history with interactive displays and artefacts.

© James Brittain



   PAINTED HALL: Buy One & Get the Second Half Price 

To celebrate Open House weekend, we're offering a special discount to the magnificent Painted Hall, Sir James Thornhill's baroque masterpiece and the 'UK's Sistine Chapel'.

If you do not have a valid 12month Adult ticket to the Painted Hall, shortly after booking your Open House tour tickets you will be emailed our exclusive offer discount code to Buy one Adult ticket* and get the second adult ticket half price

*We cannot refund tickets that have already been purchased.