September 2015 | Fiona Karn-Smith

This weekend, we’ve teamed up with Open House London, where you’ll be able to visit areas of the Old Royal Naval College, which aren’t usually open to the public.  

Throughout Saturday and Sunday we will be exclusively opening one of the oldest buildings on the grounds - the Admiral’s House. Steeped in Naval history, you’ll be amazed by what you discover. Among many other areas open this weekend, you’re sure to be bowled over by our Victorian Skittle Alley, hidden away beneath the grand buildings. The Skittle Alley, previously an infirmary, was transformed to relive the pensioners who lived at the Royal Hospital for Seamen (now the ORNC). You’ll be able to follow in their footsteps and have a game yourself…

The Painted Hall and Chapel will be open as usual and you’ll even have the chance to join one of our Guided Walks from 11.00 onwards, where you’ll find out about our magnificent buildings and be regaled by the stories of the people who have lived and worked here.

Finally don’t miss the opportunity to meet Nicholas Hawksmoor, a leading figure of the English Baroque style of architecture in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth century. Discover how he designed the ORNC along with Sir Christopher Wren, in one of our character actor performances throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets and tours will start from the information point on Grand Square. 

Click here for timings.

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