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The Old Royal Naval College

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Built for charitable public purpose rather than to glorify personal status, the Old Royal Naval College has been a place much enjoyed and admired since it was established by Royal Charter in 1694 for the relief and support of seamen and their dependents.

Sir Christopher Wren planned the site and during the first half of the eighteenth century various illustrious architects, such as Hawksmoor, Vanbrugh and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart completed the design. As the nineteenth century wore on, with peace established, numbers of Pensioners declined and the Hospital finally closed in 1869. Soon after this the Royal Naval College moved in heralding a new beginning for the site as a naval training centre for officers from around the world. In 1998 the Royal Navy departed for its new base at Shrivenham and responsibility for the College passed to the newly established Greenwich Foundation.

There is a rich history to the site even before Wren’s Hospital. In Tudor times Greenwich Palace, reputedly Henry VIII’s favourite palace and the birthplace of Elizabeth I, lay on the site.
The Old Royal Naval College Address:       
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9LW
England, UK

General Enquiries
Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College
2, Cutty Sark Gardens
SE10 9LW
England, UK

The Old Royal Naval College Opening Times:    
Grounds open daily 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
The Painted Hall, Chapel and Visitor Centre are open daily 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

On Sunday the Chapel is open for public worship at 11.00 am and open to visitors from 12.30 pm on Sunday.
Pre-booked guided tours of the buildings and grounds £4 per adult, free for children.
The Painted Hall and/or Chapel may occasionally be closed at short notice.
Site closed from 24th to 26th December.

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