Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary I held their courts at Greenwich Palace, one of the most important Royal Palaces in the country.
A vast palace complex, Greenwich Palace was arguably the main Royal palace throughout the Tudor period. Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary I were all born here; Henry enjoyed jousting here and his wife, Anne Boelyn, was famously arrested here; even Shakespeare performed here as an actor to Elizabeth I.
Now the palace lies beneath the Old Royal Naval College. Archaeological digs have unearthed multiple artefacts from the palace, and are now on show in our Visitor Centre.
Read on to find more about the history of Greenwich Palace and its Tudor history.
Learn about the history of Greenwich Palace, birthplace of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary I, and its medieval history.Read more
Henry VIII held his court at Greenwich Palace, where he enjoyed jousting, inspecting his fleet, and arresting his wives.Read more
Queen Elizabeth I was fond of Greenwich Palace, today the site of the Old Royal Naval College which became her principal summer residence “for the delightfulness of its situation”.Read more