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Queen's House Tours

Queen's House
Part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Queen’s House is widely regarded as an architectural marvel. Commissioned by Queen Anne of Denmark in 1616, it was designed by architect Inigo Jones and was the first classical building in Britain. Today, the palace houses a gallery of artistic masterpieces.

The Basics
According to legend, the Queen’s House was given to Queen Anne of Denmark by her husband, James I, as an apology for swearing in her presence. Though the house was completed in 1638, years after her death, it was later used by other members of the royal family. Located adjacent to Greenwich’s other highlights, including the Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory, the Queen’s House underwent an extensive renovation in 2015–16. Today, it is renowned as a Grade I–listed landmark, an extraordinary architectural highlight, and as a home for many works by Old Masters.

The Queen’s House can be seen during various Greenwich itineraries and can even be viewed from the water during Thames river cruises.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Queen’s House is free for all to visit.
  • The palace is outfitted with an elevator, wheelchair-accessible restrooms, and other features that make it accessible to those with limited mobility.
  • Wheelchairs can be rented, and guide dogs are permitted on-site.
  • Highlights of its art collection include the famed Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I and paintings by artists ranging from Canaletto and Hogarth to Kehinde Wiley.

How to Get There
There are numerous ways to access the Queen’s House. Take the DLR to Cutty Sark station, take mainline trains to Greenwich rail station, or take various boat services to Greenwich pier. It is also served by bus lines 129, 177, 180, 188, and 286 and can be reached by car or by bike.

When to Get There

The Queen’s House is open 10am–5pm daily, except December 24–26. The landmark also hosts thrice-daily paid tours, which can be booked in advance, as well as talks, musical performances, and other events.

Architectural Highlights
One of the most prized features at the Queen’s House is the Tulip Staircase, which was the first self-supporting spiral staircase built in the UK. The grand Great Hall, famously a perfect cube in shape, was recently renovated by Turner Prize–winning artist Richard Wright, who added gold embellishments to its walls and ceiling panels.
Address: East Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, England
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Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass

Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass

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Save time and money by prebooking online for a Day Explorer pass that lets you visit London’s Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark in one outing. Maximize sightseeing time by avoiding having to buy two separate tickets, and explore as you wish. Straddle the eastern and western hemispheres and learn about great astronomers at the Observatory; and tour the celebrated Cutty Sark sailing ship to experience life aboard in the 1800s.
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Private Greenwich Heritage Photography Tour

Private Greenwich Heritage Photography Tour

Explore and photograph the World Heritage Site of Greenwich Maritime, famous for its Cutty Sark Clipper, Old Royal Naval College, The Queen's House, Old Trinity Hospital and the beautiful natural landscape of Greenwich Park. Learn how to get the best photographs possible with a professional Fine Art Photographer to guide you around the most inspiring Royal Heritage Sites. Take a step off the beaten track and discover hidden gems, ancient taverns, outstanding river views and cobbled streets. Photograph from the outside historic buildings and architecture. Walk in the footsteps of Henry V111 who was born in Greenwich. Learn about, composition and framing. Light and how to use it to its best advantage. White balance and colour attributes whilst enjoying the photographic nature of the locations. Take home photos to be proud of and creative techniques to use for the rest of your trip. This is a photography tour not to be missed. Suitable for all types of digital cameras and smart phones.
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Greenwich: Where Time Begins Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Greenwich: Where Time Begins Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

The London neighborhood of Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time (or GMT) and one of the city’s most historic districts. This audio tour lets you explore at your own pace with a downloadable guide and a pre-programmed map route that takes in all of Greenwich’s highlights. Stop at landmarks including the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, and the Royal Observatory; learn all about the beginnings of time; and see sites relating to Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth, and the Vikings.
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Haunted Greenwich Dark Tour

Haunted Greenwich Dark Tour

Highlights • See the most haunted building in London • Hear about famous Death tree • Discover what palace is abandoned by the Royal family • Walk through the royal park which once was a burial place   London has always been haunted by ghosts. Ghosts are sometimes seen at the moment of the death of the person. Other ghosts come back because they have not been properly buried. But the vast majority of ghosts are seen for no reason. They can even try to touch you!
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4 Day London Private Tour with Stay at English Host Family

4 Day London Private Tour with Stay at English Host Family

This 4 days London getaway package is a cultural program where you can enjoy most of London by staying in our English host families' homes. This is an excellent choice when your time is limited. From the very first minute until the end of the program, you will be taken great care by our operation team, group leaders and tour guides. London has it all, and we all know that. It will all culminate in your realization of why London is the city where people enshrine the fondest and most heartfelt memories from the very first moments of our London package program that last a lifetime. See the world's most iconic landmarks, and hear their stories and history from a professional tour guide. Our Excursion Tour is designed to present you with the most key facts and places of interest in the short time you have in London. Get a truly traditional English cultural experience in typical English homes in beautiful & scenic Richmond and Kingston areas. Join us!
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London for 5 Days with Stay in English Families Home

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This 5 days London getaway package is a cultural program where you can enjoy most of London by staying in our English host families' homes. This is an excellent choice when your time is limited. From the very first minute until the end of the program, you will be taken great care by our operation team, group leaders and tour guides. London has it all, and we all know that. It will all culminate in your realization of why London is the city where people enshrine the fondest and most heartfelt memories from the very first moments of our London package program that last a lifetime. See the world's most iconic landmarks, and hear their stories and history from a professional tour guide. Our Excursion Tour is designed to present you with the most key facts and places of interest in the short time you have in London. Get a truly traditional English cultural experience in typical English homes in beautiful & scenic Richmond and Kingston areas. Join us!
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London 6 Day Tour with English Host Family

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This 6 days London getaway package is a cultural program where you can enjoy most of London by staying in our English host families' homes. This is an excellent choice when your time is limited. From the very first minute until the end of the program, you will be taken great care by our operation team, group leaders and tour guides. London has it all, and we all know that. It will all culminate in your realization of why London is the city where people enshrine the fondest and most heartfelt memories from the very first moments of our London package program that last a lifetime. See the world's most iconic landmarks, and hear their stories and history from a professional tour guide. Our Excursion Tour is designed to present you with the most key facts and places of interest in the short time you have in London. Get a truly traditional English cultural experience in typical English homes in beautiful & scenic Richmond and Kingston areas. Join us!
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7 Day Private Tour of London with Host Family Accommodation

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This 7 days London getaway package is a cultural program where you can enjoy most of London by staying in our English host families' homes. This is an excellent choice when your time is limited. From the very first minute until the end of the program, you will be taken great care by our operation team, group leaders and tour guides. London has it all, and we all know that. It will all culminate in your realization of why London is the city where people enshrine the fondest and most heartfelt memories from the very first moments of our London package program that last a lifetime. See the world's most iconic landmarks, and hear their stories and history from a professional tour guide. Our Excursion Tour is designed to present you with the most key facts and places of interest in the short time you have in London. Get a truly traditional English cultural experience in typical English homes in beautiful & scenic Richmond and Kingston areas. Join us!
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Independent Sightseeing Tour to London’s Royal Borough of Greenwich with Private Driver

Independent Sightseeing Tour to London’s Royal Borough of Greenwich with Private Driver

Grand architecture, hilly parkland and narrow streets lined with quirky pubs and cafes are just some of the sights you can expect to see on this independent sightseeing tour of Greenwich. Spend a morning exploring the royal borough — one of only three in London — at your own pace. Simply select the attractions you want to visit. From the ‘Cutty Sark’ tea-clipper ship to the Royal Observatory, and then let your private driver arrange your itinerary for you.
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