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KidRated’s Old Royal Naval College Top Tips:

  • The best view of the ORNC is from Island Gardens
  • Pick up a Family Trail for £1
  • Big family activities take place at Christmas, Easter and Halloween

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.

 

While you are in Greenwich why not visit the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory or the Cutty Sark?



Booking Advice:

  • Admission is FREE
  • Free 45 minute guided tours happen between 11am 3pm, they are more frequent on weekends
  • Check here for some great events

 

VISITOR INFORMATION

Where:

King William Walk
London
SE10 9NN

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 82694799

Website:

Opening hours:

Lunedi - Domenica: 10.00 - 17.00Monday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00
Grounds open daily 08.00 - 23.00
The Painted Hall, Chapel and Visitor Centre will be closed 24 - 26 December.Lunes - Domingo: 10.00 - 17.00

How to get there:

DLR: Cutty Sark

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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • The Discover Visitor Centre is ace. There are lots of activities for kids and it’s all free. There’s dressing up too.
  • Do go halfway up the stairs and pop your head through the opening to look like a portrait on the wall!
  • The Painted Hall has mirror trolleys you can wheel around to see the ceiling without getting a crick in your neck.
  • It’s easy to have a free day out in Greenwich particularly with the park and National Maritime Museum nearby.

You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at aboutlondonlaura.com 

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