The Visitor Centre at the Old Royal Naval College is the best place to begin your trip to Greenwich. With exciting activities for all ages you can explore more than 500 years of Greenwich's history!

You can also book tickets for other attractions, shop for gifts and enjoy a delicious meal at The Old Brewery.

Visitors trying on Tudor jousting armour in the Visitor Centre


Top things to see and do

Discover Greenwich's history

The permanent exhibition houses several historical artifacts. Sir Christopher Wren and Sir Nicholas Hawksmoor's design models of the buildings, presented to the Royal Hospital for Seamen's royal patrons, are housed here, as well as archaeological finds from the old Tudor palace. You can also see naval uniforms and archive footage of the site from the days of the Royal Naval College.

Interactive exhibits

There are plenty of interactive exhibits for children and children-at-heart. Dress up as a Naval Pensioner from the Royal Hospital, try on jousting armour and have a go at building the site yourself!

There's also an activity cart for families to draw and play as they explore the Visitor Centre.

Model of Henry VIII in the Tudor section


Discover a hidden Tudor past

The Old Royal Naval College stands on the site of Greenwich Palace, in its heyday one of the largest royal palaces and birthplace of Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I. Discover this fascinating period of history and the old palace through architectural models, archaeological finds and reconstructions.

Explore our Shop

Browse our shop for beautiful Greenwich-themed gifts. You can also shop online.

Join an insightful tour

We run free tours of the site multiple times a day, starting from the Visitor Centre. Experience the grandeur of the grounds and the neoclassical Chapel with one of our experienced guides, and learn about the royal history of the Old Royal Naval College.

Plan your visit to Greenwich

The Visitor Centre also houses Greenwich's tourist information desk, where you can get information and advice about what to see and where to go in Greenwich, London and across the UK. Drop in and meet the staff next time you’re in Greenwich and pick up a visitor map. You can also get online with free Wi-Fi.

The Visitor Centre is open daily and free to visit - plan your visit today!


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