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A Royal Naval College was established in Portsmouth in 1841, but needed to expand. The empty buildings at Greenwich seemed a logical choice and in 1873, for a rent of just £100 a year, the Royal Navy became the new occupants of today's Old Royal Naval College (ORNC).

In 1939 women were admitted for the first time. From 1939, the Painted Hall was again used for its originally intended purpose, as an everyday dining room, and there were also many grand dinners.

The advent of nuclear-powered submarines saw a small nuclear reactor installed for training purposes in the King William building in 1962, unknown to most Greenwich residents for many years. In 1998, the Royal Naval Staff College and Joint Service Defence College left Greenwich to be combined with the Army and the Royal Air Force equivalents in the Joint Service College at Shrivenham.

Admission to the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, Painted Hall and Chapel is free of charge.


Child: Free
Adult: Free

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Opening times

Open daily 10.00 - 17.00, Open 10.00 - 17.00 Mon - Sun, Closed 24 - 26 December


Telephone: 020 8269 4747
Website: Click here

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