A picnic, bowling and ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’ (Oh, and children go free!)







Final week I had the nice fortune of being invited to Outdated Royal Naval Faculty in Greenwich. They’ve lately launched Children Go Free tickets (youngsters = as much as 16!) and so I and some different mums and dads descended for a scrumptious sunshine-drenched riverside picnic of their grounds and a really particular tour of the gorgeous grounds and sights to rejoice…


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You should purchase your picnic for £7.95 from the Painted Corridor Café – the deckchairs are on the grass ready for you!

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Somebody’s carried out this earlier than 😉

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The picnic was scrumptious and the children had been entertained with their exercise packs and colouring in sheets…


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Outdated Royal Naval Faculty is the centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Website with an extended and celebrated 500-year historical past. The classical buildings that adorn the positioning in the present day had been constructed because the Royal Hospital for Seamen between 1696 and 1751. Designed by England’s biggest architects, together with Sir Christopher Wren, the buildings are thought-about amongst the best in Europe, that includes the splendid Painted Corridor and the neo-classical Chapel – it’s clear to see why Henry VIII liked residing right here a lot.


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The Customer Centre has interactive reveals for youngsters to discover the wealthy historical past of the Outdated Royal Naval Faculty, from its beginnings as a Tudor Palace to turning into the Royal Hospital for Seamen and offering houses to Greenwich pensioners, and its later use as a coaching base for Naval Officers… you might see little minds exploding in all places. They might attempt on a knight’s helmet, examine the attention-grabbing finds found throughout archaeological digs, and discover out what it was prefer to be an eighteenth-century retired sailor – their interactive packs had been full of toys, puzzles and video games to maintain them , excited and on their toes…


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The audio guides are good and free with the ticket…

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Listening to the ocean…

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Exploring the portray…

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Dressing up isn’t only for the children 😉

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The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul is a neo-classical masterpiece by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. That includes a Samuel Inexperienced organ and an altarpiece painted by Benjamin West, it is likely one of the nation’s most interesting 18th-century interiors.

The Painted Corridor, constructed as a ceremonial eating room, has the best grand-scale ornamental portray in England and has been described as ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’. The extraordinary scene covers some 4,000 sq. metres and was designed and executed by Sir James Thornhill between 1707 and 1726. An in depth Nationwide Lottery Funded renovation challenge was accomplished in 2019. It’s completely breathtaking…


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Painted Hall Greenwich





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After we’d taken within the gorgeous Painted Corridor, we headed to the quirky Victorian Skittle Alley for a number of rounds of skittles, performed the quaint manner utilizing practise cannon balls. And naturally, all the youngsters liked bowling in the identical alley because the Naval Officers and retired sailors who used to stay and play right here did.


Victorian Skittle Alley


The entire afternoon was tremendous – the historical past of the place is so fully extraordinary, it appears like an almighty privilege to simply be there.

Grownup tickets are £12 and there may be additionally free re-entry inside a yr of visiting.

You may guide tickets right here.


I used to be invited to Outdated Royal Naval Faculty and
all ideas & opinions are my very own.

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