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Admiral's House: Open House

Open House 2020 Saturday 19 September & Sunday 20 September 2020:

We are sorry, but these sessions are now fully booked. 

We do not have a waiting list, however spaces may become available on the day if people do not show up. In this case, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 

 

(Tickets are free & are bookable online until 5pm Wednesday 16th September, any remaining tickets will be available only in person on the day from the check in point)

 

Admiral's House

A rare chance to view rooms on the ground floor of this elegant space, which are not normally open to the public.  One of the oldest surviving parts of the site, Admiral’s House, overlooking the Thames, was once the residence of the Governor of the Royal Hospital for Seamen. This Grade I-listed  building was originally designed by John Webb for Charles II as part of a plan to create a royal palace to rival Versailles.  

There are two steps up into the entrance of Admiral’s House.

History

The Old Royal Naval College, at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, is a landmark complex of Baroque architecture, built on the site of one of the country’s most important Tudor palaces.

The site was developed as the Royal Hospital for Seamen from 1696 onwards to a masterplan created by Sir Christopher Wren and implemented by Nicholas Hawksmoor. The Hospital took over fifty years to build and at its peak housed more than 2,700 naval veterans.  The buildings were later occupied by the Royal Naval College and are now a major historical attraction and popular filming location. It is home to the Painted Hall, Chapel and Visitor Centre, and is main campus of the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 

Open House Weekend offers the opportunity to see parts of the complex not normally accessible to the public and to learn about the breathtaking architecture to be found in every corner of the site. We have adapted our offer for 2020 to allow for a safe and enjoyable visit, including timed tickets and limiting numbers allowed in indoor spaces, delivering talks to smaller groups, and offering a digital tour to help you self-guide in the grounds.

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

If you do not have a valid 12-month 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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Open House 2020 Saturday 19 September & Sunday 20 September 2020:

We are sorry, but these sessions are now fully booked. 

We do not have a waiting list, however spaces may become available on the day if people do not show up. In this case, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 

 

(Tickets are free & are bookable online until 5pm Wednesday 16th September, any remaining tickets will be available only in person on the day from the check in point)

 

Admiral's House

A rare chance to view rooms on the ground floor of this elegant space, which are not normally open to the public.  One of the oldest surviving parts of the site, Admiral’s House, overlooking the Thames, was once the residence of the Governor of the Royal Hospital for Seamen. This Grade I-listed  building was originally designed by John Webb for Charles II as part of a plan to create a royal palace to rival Versailles.  

There are two steps up into the entrance of Admiral’s House.

History

The Old Royal Naval College, at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, is a landmark complex of Baroque architecture, built on the site of one of the country’s most important Tudor palaces.

The site was developed as the Royal Hospital for Seamen from 1696 onwards to a masterplan created by Sir Christopher Wren and implemented by Nicholas Hawksmoor. The Hospital took over fifty years to build and at its peak housed more than 2,700 naval veterans.  The buildings were later occupied by the Royal Naval College and are now a major historical attraction and popular filming location. It is home to the Painted Hall, Chapel and Visitor Centre, and is main campus of the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 

Open House Weekend offers the opportunity to see parts of the complex not normally accessible to the public and to learn about the breathtaking architecture to be found in every corner of the site. We have adapted our offer for 2020 to allow for a safe and enjoyable visit, including timed tickets and limiting numbers allowed in indoor spaces, delivering talks to smaller groups, and offering a digital tour to help you self-guide in the grounds.

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

If you do not have a valid 12-month 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.