Old Royal Naval College or Greenwich Palace or Palace of Placentia the largest and most modern Palace in Europe when it was built in 1499

Old Royal Naval College was previously Greenwich Palace or Palace of Placentia. It was built by Henry VII in 1420. It was largely rebuilt in 1499. This new palace became the largest and most modern in Europe.

It made a fitting birthplace for the future Henry VIII, his younger brother Edmund and later Henry’s two daughters Mary and Elizabeth. Less happily, Greenwich was the scene of Anne Boleyn’s arrest prior to her removal to the Tower of London, and also of Henry’s disastrous marriage to his fourth queen, Anne of Cleves. Nevertheless, it was during Henry’s reign that Greenwich saw its days of greatest glory, and he used it as his main London seat until the Palace of Whitehall was built in the 1530s.

The Greenwich Palace or present Old Royal Naval College is the architectural centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich, Grade 1 listed a World Heritage Site described by UNESCO as being of “outstanding universal value” and reckoned to be the “finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”.

At present Greenwich Foundation look after this magnificent building along with the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory. The Old Royal Naval College is now open to students and visitors of all ages and nationalities accompanied often by music wafting from Trinity College. Entrance to the site is Free

Opening Times, address and nearest Tube to the Old Royal Naval College

Opening times: Open daily 10:00​–17:00, Grounds open daily 08:00​–23:00
Free admission to Old Royal Naval College

Address: King William Walk, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LW
Nearest Tube: Cutty Sark (Docklands Light Railway)

Visit the website for more and update information. You can also visit other Royal attractions or famous London Landmarks. Another very popular neighbour attraction is Royal Museums Greenwich which manages National Maritime MuseumRoyal ObservatoryQueen’s House, Cutty Sark

Location of Royal Naval College or Greenwich Palace

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