Queen House- 400 years of art, architecture and Royal history.
Queen House is the Italian Renaissance-style mansion marked a departure from Tudor architecture. It houses a collection of great artworks, including paintings by William Hodges, George Stubbs, Hans Holbein, William Hogarth and Thomas Gainsborough. There’s also a large collection of work by Dutch maritime artists the Van de Veldes.
Queen House main attractions to see
1. Discover the royal history through paintings of famous Tudor and Stuart kings and queens
2. Climb the sweeping Tulip Stairs. This is the first geometric self-supporting spiral stair in Britain
3. See over 450 works of art by great British and European artists for over 400 years. It includes the iconic Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
4. See Turner Prize-winner Richard Wright’s beautiful gold leaf ceiling design in the Great Hall
5. Ghostly sightings– It was first rumoured that the Queen’s House was haunted in the 1960s. A photograph taken by a tourist appeared to show one or more ghosts on the Tulip stairs
Queens House History
King James I gave the Greenwich Palace and Park at Greenwich to his queen, Anne of Denmark in 1614. Famous architect Inigo Jones was assigned to build a villa in Palladian style on the site of the gatehouse that connected Greenwich Palace to the park on the other side of the Deptford to Woolwich public road. Anne died in 1619 but the work was later looked after and completed by her daughter-in-law Henrietta Maria (queen to King Charles I).
In 1689 the house became the residence of the Ranger of Greenwich Park. In 1806 it was sold to provide accommodation for the Royal Naval Asylum, a school for the sons and daughters of seamen. After 1933 the buildings were taken over by the new National Maritime Museum, and three queens attended its opening by George VI in 1937: Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and the future Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen House: Admission ticket price, opening hours
Admission Tickets: Free admission i.e. no entrance fee. Require tickets for special exhibitions and tour with an expert.
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm daily including Bank Holidays. No last admission. Close 24–26 December
Address Car Parking and Nearest Tube to Queen House
Address: Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF. See its location in Google Map
Telephone and Email: 020 8312 6608 Email: [email protected]
Recorded information line: Information about what’s on, travel tips, opening times and more: +44 (0)20 8312 6565
Nearest Tube, Train, DLR, Bus: Cutty Sark DLR, Greenwich Rail station and Maze Hill Rail station. Bus- Bus Numbers 129, 177, 180, 188, 286, 386. Please visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London to see how to get here.
Car parking: No free parking except blue badge holders. Pre-book is needed. There are off-street pay-and-display car parks in Greenwich Park run by the Royal Parks. The Royal Borough of Greenwich operates car parks nearby in Park Row and Burney Street. There is a secure public car park at the National Maritime Museum with payment (Opening hours: 08.00–19.00 on weekends and bank holidays.)
Visit the website for more and update information. Royal Museums manages the Queen’s House along with other popular attractions in Greenwich like National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory and Peter Harrison Greenwich Planetarium and Cutty Sark. You can also visit other Royal attractions
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