Charity and Splendour: Architecture Walking Tour of the Old Royal Naval College with Will Palin

Will Palin, Conservation Director and architectural historian, will lead a walking tour of the site exploring the qualities that make this one of the finest groups of baroque buildings in Europe. This is an audio-described tour for blind and partially sighted visitors, co-delivered by an expert tour guide who has been trained in audio-description by VocalEyes.

Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn more about the architectural legacy of two of Britain’s greatest architects, Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. The classical buildings that make up the Old Royal Naval College today were built to house the Royal Hospital for Seamen, a place of refuge for retired and injured naval veterans. One of the grandest charitable projects ever conceived, the project faced many complex design challenges that required considerable skill and invention to overcome. When it was built in the first half of the eighteenth century it was one of the most experimental, bold and sometimes controversial projects of its kind in Europe.

An unmissable chance to explore this London landmark with an expert and consider how it shapes our landscape today.

Please meet at the Welcome Desk in the Visitor Centre at 1:45 pm. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.


To book your ticket, please call or email the Old Royal Naval College with Will Palin. Alternatively, please follow this link.

If you are a first-time booker, you will be sent a code in the confirmation email, which will allow you free entry to access events until March 2020, when you make further bookings.

Previous bookers: If you have a valid 12-month Adult (disabled access) ticket to the Painted Hall or previously attended Access Tour since March 2019 then check your e-ticket or confirmation email for the discount code to book your next Access Tours for free. We cannot refund tickets that have already been paid for, so if you can’t find your discount code then email your details of your previous booking to [email protected]

Access information

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Click here for details on how to find The Old Royal Naval College

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.


Booking contact number 020 8269 4799 Booking contact email [email protected]