September 2013

Architectural gems normally hidden to the public will be on show at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) as it takes part in Open House London 2013. All three of its historic courts at the ORNC which are currently occupied by the University of Greenwich will be open, together with the University’s Dreadnought Library on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September along with Admiral’s House, the Jacobean Undercroft and Victorian Skittle Alley. This is a rare opportunity to visit these parts of the ORNC site alongside the glories of the Painted Hall and Chapel. A variety of tours of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, which is one of the UK’s leading heritage attractions, will be available over the weekend.

The ORNC was built as the Royal Hospital for Seamen above the ruins of Henry VIII’s Greenwich Palace. It enjoys a splendid position on the banks of the River Thames at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, and is described by UNESCO as 'the finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles'. Alongside Wren, architects who worked on the ORNC include Nicholas Hawksmoor, James ‘Athenian’ Stuart, and Sir John Vanbrugh. More information about the architecture and craftsmanship of the site is available in the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre.

Tours run on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm and start from the information point on Lower Grand Square. Entry is free.

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