Take a trip to the impressive Old Royal Naval College

Greenwich, London

Follow in the footsteps of royalty and movie stars when you visit the magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

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Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, the Painted Hall is often described as the finest dining room in Europe. Its impressive wall and ceiling paintings took James Thornhill 19 years to complete.

Come and stand where Nelson lay in state for three days in 1806, after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar, with nearly 100,000 people visiting to pay their last respects.  See where naval officers of the Royal Naval College dined and breakfasted in 1939.  Walk the path taken by Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides when he was carried out from the Old Bailey courthouse.  As it happens, pirate connections go back to the building of the Painted Hall which was partially financed with funds confiscated from Captain Kidd's booty.

Discover more about the royal history of the Old Royal Naval College at the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre.

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