Old Royal Naval CollegeThe Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich is the epicentre of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers Maritime Greenwich, including the National Maritime Museum, Queen's House and the Royal Observatory. The Old Royal Naval College stands next to Greenwich Park, the famous royal park and London 2012 Olympics venue.
The history of the Old Royal Naval College dates back to the 1420s, when King Henry VII built Greenwich Palace on the site. The next notable stage in the site's history was when the celebrated architect Sir Christopher Wren - responsible for such London attractions as St Paul's Cathedral and The Monument to The Great Fire of London - built Greenwich Hospital between 1696 and 1712. The hospital enjoyed a long, distinguished history, before closing in 1869. The third phase in the site's history arrived in 1873 when Wren's wonderful building became a training institution for the Royal Navy, with the Royal Naval College delivering more than a century of service, before closing in 1998.
The fourth phase in the history of the Old Royal Naval College came in 2002 when this awesome architectural tribute to the grandiosity of the British Armed Forces became open to the public, giving London tourists the opportunity not only to marvel at Sir Christopher Wren's magnificent twin-domed building, but also to learn a great deal about the history of the Royal Navy and its enormous influence across the globe.
Nearest Tube/Railway StationCutty Sark (Docklands Light Railway)
BoroughLondon Borough of Greenwich
Opening TimesSeven days a week from 10:00am to 5:00pm (the grounds themselves are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm)
Address / Contact DetailsOld Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LW
020 8269 4799
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