The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren's riverside masterpiece. See the magnificent Painted Hall (currently closed - reopening in March 2019) and the neoclassical Chapel, and hear the stories of the site and of those who lived and worked here in the Visitor Centre.

Opening times

Free, open daily 10:00–17:00

Historic grounds free, open daily 08:00–23:00

Some events carry a separate charge. Areas of the site may occasionally have to close at short notice. View our upcoming closures here.

Getting here

The Old Royal Naval College is a few minutes walk from Cutty Sark DLR station and Greenwich Pier. See a map and a full list of options for getting here.

Getting around the site

Follow our scenic visitor route from the Visitor Centre around our grounds and to the Chapel.

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Free 45 minute guided walks

Experience a short journey through the magnificent history of the Old Royal Naval College and be regaled by stories of the people who have lived and worked here.

Daily guided walks begin from our Visitor Centre at 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 3pm. Occasionally the walks do have to be cancelled at short notice so do please phone 020 8269 4799 if you are making a special visit.

When available, guided walks will include a visit to our Victorian Skittle Alley, which is not normally open to the public. Please see on the day for availability.

Our guided walks are for individuals and small groups of up to four people only.  If you are visiting as part of a larger group please see group visits.


We hold a variety of family events throughout the year, from regular character actor performances to archaeology workshops. See our Events page for full details.

Food and Drink

The Old Brewery, located next to the Visitor Centre, is a relaxed pub and dining room with a stunning courtyard and seating over looking King Charles Court and The Cutty Sark. We serve a selection of craft and cask ales and fresh seasonal British food. Perfect for a relaxing drink after a long day exploring Greenwich.


Explore the beautiful historic grounds of Sir Christopher Wren's riverside masterpiece.

Free to visit and open daily to all, the grounds are a perfect place to relax, stroll, or have a picnic, surrounded by some of the finest buildings in the world. The extensive gardens follow the mid 19th century designs of Philip Hardwick. 


If you have brought your own packed lunch or want to eat food from The Old Brewery or Greenwich Market outdoors, why not sit on the lawns of the Old Royal Naval College and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. All we ask is that you help us to keep our grounds tidy and throw away your litter in one of the designated bins.


Dogs are welcome in our grounds, but must be kept on a lead. Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the Old Royal Naval College, including the Visitor Centre, Painted Hall and Chapel.


We run a range of special exhibitions throughout the year - please see the Events page for details.


Photography on the site for personal use only is free of charge, though the use of tri-pods, lighting etc. are not allowed. For commercial or wedding photography, see our filming and photography page.

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