Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the two domed Old Royal Naval College is one of the most visually stunning buildings in London. To see the full extent of the architecture, get off the DLR a stop early at Island Gardens for the best view and then walk under the Thames through the Greenwich Tunnel.
When you arrive you can first visit the Discover Greenwich exhibition which will tell you all kinds of information about the original Tudor palace. Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I were all born here. Discover Greenwich also has activities for kids to do – you can even dress up as an admiral.
It is advisable to take a guided tour of the exterior of the buildings. You can only go into two of the four buildings but the outside is just as interesting particularly if you go on a film tour. Pirates of the Caribbean, The Golden Compass, Sherlock Holmes, Thor and Skyfall are just some of the blockbusters which have been filmed here.
You can visit the Chapel, where you can spot many different hidden nautical symbols, and the Painted Hall. The Painted Hall is incredible to see. It took the painter Sir James Thornhill, who also painted St Paul’s, 19 years to cover the walls, and ceiling.
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