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Queen’s House

This regal residence is known for its elegant classical architecture and for the collection of nautical-themed paintings it hosts.

The former royal residence, Queen’s House, is a majestic mansion that played a huge role in the progression of architectural styles in England. Go there to appreciate its elegant classical design and to take in its stunning fine art exhibits.

This building was constructed in the early 17th century for Anne of Denmark, the wife of King James I. It was among the first major works from British architect Inigo Jones, who went on to design many other notable structures including the Somerset House Chapel and the Banqueting House in Whitehall. Notice its distinctive Palladian design; it was one of the first buildings of this style in Britain. 

Walk along the pathway in the grounds to reach the grand entrance. Beyond the entrance lies the main hallway, which is built into a perfect cube shape. Admire the mathematical proportions of the room, which reflect Renaissance ideals about harmony and symmetry. The black-and-white marble floor dates back to 1635. 

Spend time inspecting the splendid Tulip Staircase that spirals up several stories. The staircase takes its names from black wrought-iron flowers that adorn the balustrade. Be sure to explore the house’s galleries. One exhibit features nautical paintings that showcase the history of the Royal Navy. Look for the famous Battle of Trafalgar by J.M.W. Turner, as well as works by Hogarth and Gainsborough.

Amble along the pleasant grounds of the adjacent Greenwich Park and look across the Thames to see the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, one of London’s business districts. While here you may also want to visit Greenwich’s other interesting attractions, including the Royal Museums Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum Gardens and the Royal Observatory Greenwich, where Greenwich Mean Time was first calculated. 

The house is open daily from morning until late afternoon. Entrance is free. Check the website before you visit as parts of the house are occasionally closed for weddings. 

Queen’s House is situated to the south of the River Thames in Greenwich, in the southeast of London. Take the London Underground or railway from London Bridge to reach it.

Would you like to make your stop at Queen's House even more unique? Don't forget to try out a few of these activities:

Trying a Best Of Greenwich Day Tour will help make the visit to this fantastic attraction all the more special!

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