Sir Christopher Wren's riverside masterpieceOpen daily 10:00 - 17:00Grounds open daily 08:00 - 23:00
The centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College were designed by England’s greatest architects and are considered amongst the finest in Europe. Featuring the sumptuous Painted Hall and the neo-classical Chapel, the site has seen a variety of uses, as Greenwich Palace, the Royal Naval Hospital of Seamen and then the Royal Naval College.
Learn about the history and architecture of Greenwich's most iconic landmark below:
The history of the site is as rich as it is complex. Buried beneath the site today is a vast palace complex inhabited by medieval and Tudor monarchs, and the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
The classical buildings that make up the Old Royal Naval College today - including the iconic twin domes - were built for purpose as the Royal Hospital for Seamen, and date back to the 17th century.
Elite naval officers from across the world studied at the Royal Naval College between 1873 and 1997, widely regarded to be one of the best naval academies in Europe.