The Royal Hospital for Seamen

The Royal Hospital for Seamen - a place of refuge for elderly and injured seamen - was founded by William III and Mary II. Read more

Life as a Greenwich Pensioner

At its peak in 1814, the Hospital provided accommodation for over 2700 naval veterans. Greenwich pensioners enjoyed a comfortable, but strictly scrutinised routine. Read more

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

After his death at the Battle of Trafalgar, Britain's greatest maritime hero, Lord Horatio Nelson, was given an elaborate lying-in-state in the Painted Hall. Read more


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. Read more