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Queen Anne 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 spiral staircases – which can be skipped)

Old Royal Naval College - Queen Anne Court; Sir Christopher Wren, 1689

Queen Anne Court

Queen Anne Court now houses the new headquarters of the University. It was begun in 1689 to mirror Webb’s King Charles Building but was not completed until c.1749 when Thomas Ripley built the end pavilions facing the river.

The east front consists of 23 bays in Portland stone ashlar (dressed stone). The whole façade is rusticated with quintuple keystones above each window.

Striking the viewer on approach is the arcaded central bay built by Hawksmoor in 1701-05. It’s pediment rests on the entablature supported by Corinthian columns and it projects forward from the low-pitched slated roof. The windows beneath it are deeply recessed.

The end pavilions are of 3 storeys in comparison to the main part of the building, which is only 2. The third storeys of the pavilions end in a balustraded parapet. Here the entablature is also supported by the Corinthian order but in the form of pilasters. As the highest order of the classical orders these add even greater splendour to the building.

The western part of the court remained a brick body until given its interior in 1712 and finally its stone façade in 1725.

Inside highlights include the council boardroom and the basement of the early Stuart undercroft from the former Royal Palace of Placentia survives. Built in 1605-06 it simple with octagonal piers and chamfered ribs.

 

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 Anne Court Tours Free Max 2 per booking. 0 2 max
  • Child ticket: Queen Anne 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 Anne Court Tours Free (Wheelchair accessable, some parts of tour include spiral staircases – which can be skipped). 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 spiral staircases – which can be skipped)

Old Royal Naval College - Queen Anne Court; Sir Christopher Wren, 1689

Queen Anne Court

Queen Anne Court now houses the new headquarters of the University. It was begun in 1689 to mirror Webb’s King Charles Building but was not completed until c.1749 when Thomas Ripley built the end pavilions facing the river.

The east front consists of 23 bays in Portland stone ashlar (dressed stone). The whole façade is rusticated with quintuple keystones above each window.

Striking the viewer on approach is the arcaded central bay built by Hawksmoor in 1701-05. It’s pediment rests on the entablature supported by Corinthian columns and it projects forward from the low-pitched slated roof. The windows beneath it are deeply recessed.

The end pavilions are of 3 storeys in comparison to the main part of the building, which is only 2. The third storeys of the pavilions end in a balustraded parapet. Here the entablature is also supported by the Corinthian order but in the form of pilasters. As the highest order of the classical orders these add even greater splendour to the building.

The western part of the court remained a brick body until given its interior in 1712 and finally its stone façade in 1725.

Inside highlights include the council boardroom and the basement of the early Stuart undercroft from the former Royal Palace of Placentia survives. Built in 1605-06 it simple with octagonal piers and chamfered ribs.

 

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.