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Queen Mary Court Tours

Open house tours are no longer available to book online or via our Box Office.

Please note there is still limited availability for some of these tours.

We do not have a waiting list for these tours. These remaining spaces and any spaces that may become available from people who do not show up will be distributed in person on the day.  These places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and we will only be able to allocate spaces up to the limit of 15 per tour.

 

Open House Saturday 21st September & Sunday 22nd September 2019:

11.30-12.30, 12.30-1.30pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2.30-3.30pm, 3.30-4.30pm

(Wheelchair accessible, some parts of tour include stairs but lifts are available)

Old Royal Naval College - Queen Mary Court; Sir Christopher Wren, 1694

History

Queen Mary's Court was the last of the four Royal Naval Hospital buildings to be completed, following Christopher Wren's layout, but designed and built by Thomas Ripley.

The university has retained the historic layout throughout. The cabin walls have been stripped back to reveal original timber panelling, barrel vaulting and Portland stone.

The Chapel

James Stuart, as Surveyor at the Royal Hospital for Seamen, was appointed to re-design the Chapel in 1781. He acquired his name following a visit to Athens when he became fascinated by ancient Greek architecture and design. The Chapel reflects these influences and Greek style and patterns are used throughout. Stuart left much of the work to his Clerks of Works, Robert Mylne and William Newton who deserve much of the credit for the way the Chapel looks.

The Chapel is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, both of whom have connections with water and the sea. The chapel is full of naval symbols, intended to remind the residents of the Royal Hospital for Seamen, who had to worship there daily, of their former lives.

Features that merit a special mention include the vast altarpiece painting by Benjamin West, the Samuel Green organ (the only one of its kind to remain in situ) and the outstanding examples of craftsmanship, including numerous items made from Coade stone.

 

Check in point is University of Greenwich tent in Lower Grand Square click here for site map. Please aim to arrive 10-15 minutes before your tour start time to allow plenty of time to find the meeting point and check in. Tour guides will leave promptly.

(Tickets are free & are bookable online until late Thursday 19th September, any remaining tickets will be available only in person on the day of the tours from the Visitor Centre)

 

Please note Open House tickets are not valid to enter the Painted Hall.

If you do not have a valid 12month Adult ticket to the Painted Hall, shortly after booking your Open House tour tickets you will be emailed our exclusive offer discount code to Buy one Adult ticket* and get the second adult ticket half price

*We cannot refund tickets that have already been purchased.

 

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  • Adult ticket: Queen Mary Court Tours Free Max 2 per booking. 0 2 max
  • Child ticket: Queen Mary Court Tours Free Children aged 5 to 16 yrs must be accompanied by an adult. Max 2 per booking. 0 2 max
  • Wheelchair User access ticket: Queen Mary Court Tours Free (Wheelchair accessible, some parts of tour include stairs but lifts are available). Max 2 per booking. 0 2 max
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Open house tours are no longer available to book online or via our Box Office.

Please note there is still limited availability for some of these tours.

We do not have a waiting list for these tours. These remaining spaces and any spaces that may become available from people who do not show up will be distributed in person on the day.  These places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and we will only be able to allocate spaces up to the limit of 15 per tour.

 

Open House Saturday 21st September & Sunday 22nd September 2019:

11.30-12.30, 12.30-1.30pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2.30-3.30pm, 3.30-4.30pm

(Wheelchair accessible, some parts of tour include stairs but lifts are available)

Old Royal Naval College - Queen Mary Court; Sir Christopher Wren, 1694

History

Queen Mary's Court was the last of the four Royal Naval Hospital buildings to be completed, following Christopher Wren's layout, but designed and built by Thomas Ripley.

The university has retained the historic layout throughout. The cabin walls have been stripped back to reveal original timber panelling, barrel vaulting and Portland stone.

The Chapel

James Stuart, as Surveyor at the Royal Hospital for Seamen, was appointed to re-design the Chapel in 1781. He acquired his name following a visit to Athens when he became fascinated by ancient Greek architecture and design. The Chapel reflects these influences and Greek style and patterns are used throughout. Stuart left much of the work to his Clerks of Works, Robert Mylne and William Newton who deserve much of the credit for the way the Chapel looks.

The Chapel is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, both of whom have connections with water and the sea. The chapel is full of naval symbols, intended to remind the residents of the Royal Hospital for Seamen, who had to worship there daily, of their former lives.

Features that merit a special mention include the vast altarpiece painting by Benjamin West, the Samuel Green organ (the only one of its kind to remain in situ) and the outstanding examples of craftsmanship, including numerous items made from Coade stone.

 

Check in point is University of Greenwich tent in Lower Grand Square click here for site map. Please aim to arrive 10-15 minutes before your tour start time to allow plenty of time to find the meeting point and check in. Tour guides will leave promptly.

(Tickets are free & are bookable online until late Thursday 19th September, any remaining tickets will be available only in person on the day of the tours from the Visitor Centre)

 

Please note Open House tickets are not valid to enter the Painted Hall.

If you do not have a valid 12month Adult ticket to the Painted Hall, shortly after booking your Open House tour tickets you will be emailed our exclusive offer discount code to Buy one Adult ticket* and get the second adult ticket half price

*We cannot refund tickets that have already been purchased.