Old Royal Naval College

Top choice historic building in Greenwich & South London

Sir Christopher Wren’s baroque masterpiece in Greenwich and indeed Britain’s largest ensemble of baroque architecture, the Old Royal Naval College contains the neoclassical Chapel of St Peter and St Paul and the extraordinary Painted Hall. The entire Old Royal Naval College, including the chapel, the visitor centre, and the grounds, can be visited for free. Volunteers lead free 45-minute tours throughout the day from the visitor centre.

The complex was built on the site of Greenwich Palace, the favourite residence of Henry VIII and the birthplace of Mary I, Edward VI and Elizabeth I. This Tudor connection, along with Greenwich’s maritime history, is covered by an exhibition in the visitor centre. Maps and tourist information are also available here, and the Old Brewery serves beer and pub food.