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The Painted Hall at the Naval College, Greenwich

The Painted Hall

9 Pics – Entrance is free and non-commercial photography is allowed without licence.  The Chapel PicturesVisiting Wonderful Greenwich and it’s History  and  Travel to Greenwich and Visitors Map 

From May 2017 to early Sept 2017 there is an opportunity to climb trestles for a closer look.  There is a charge during this time so please see the website ⇒.

Dome - Painted Hall - Naval College - Greenwich

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Ceiling - Painted Hall - Naval Colege - Greenwich

Candle Statue - Painted Hall - Naval College - Greenwich

 

 

A closer look reveals that shadows are painted on, to give a 3D effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting - Painted Hall - Naval College - Greenwich

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Here again is a 3D effect.

3D Painting - Painted Hall - Naval College - Greenwich

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At the Greenwich Visitors Centre

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DSC_1413 He’s stone deaf you know.

Stone Bust - Visitors Centre - GreenwichIt’s very peaceful here.

 

 


Wonderful Greenwich and its History

A Great Day Out

Visiting Maritime Greenwich makes a whole day out and can be for little or no cost (take a picnic) and is one of the best places to photograph in London.  It includes the Upper Park Gardens, Deer Enclosure, Royal Naval College, National Maritime Museum, the Queens House, Royal Observatory, Exhibitions, Planetarium, Arts and Crafts Market, Cinema, Comedy Club and a broad range of Restaurants, Cafes and Taverns.  The best place to start is at the Upper Gardens and then down the hill.

Greenwich is also a World Heritage site with a wealth of architecture and art of historical interest.  At the end of this post is more entertainment information.

Many of the attractions are free and can be photographed and one can stand upon the worlds Prime Meridian at 0 degrees Longitude (see the Tourist Information Map ⇓).

Travel to Greenwich includes maps, best parking, public transport and ways to avoid climbing the hill and you can save the Tourist Information Map as a PDF.  The History of Navigation and Greenwich is a more extensive exploration of navigation through the ages,

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The Upper Gardens

Click on               Views                             Flowers                          Squirrels

Greenwich Upper Gardens2

and. although you cannot photograph in there:-

The Rangers House

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In the Town – Maritime Greenwich

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The First Shop in the World

Nauticalia is full of seafaring items. It’s at 25 Nelson Rd, that is South past the market and turn left.

It might sound like an excessive boast.  Then again it does stand at Longitude 00′ 00′ .4′ West.

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The Cutty Sark

The Figurehead - Cutty Sark - Greenwich

Turn left out of the DLR station, along the short mall and then turn left again.

This great Tea Clipper has been recently restored after a fire during a previous attempt at restoration.

The interior is open to view although it is expensive with many other venues free. Admission.

History of the Cutty Sark.

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The Royal Naval College

Painted HallCeiling - Painted Hall - Naval Colege - Greenwich

Designed by Christopher Wren, (currently closed until 2019) admission was free, you could take non-commercial photographs and was definitely worth a visit. More Information and Photographs of the Painted Hall.

It is accessible via the Cutty Sark gate or the West Gate. The visitor center is the best option as a first port of call. Please see the Sitemap.

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ChapelCeiling - Chapel - Naval College - Greenwich

Chapel Photographs Admission is free, you can take non-commercial photographs and is worth visiting.

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The National Maritime MuseumDetailed Stained Glass - Maritime Museum.

Admission is also free here, you can take non-commercial photographs and is worth visiting. The Museum.

More Photographs from inside the Museum. However, please bear in mind that the exhibits do change over time.

Behind these buildings, there is the hill which leads to the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium.

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The Queens HouseGreenwich Queens House

Formally known as Queen Annes House, it is in fact associated with two Queens. Admission is free. The interior architecture and art works mean that it is certainly worth a visit.  Non-commercial photography has been allowed since the refurbishment in early 2016.

The Queens House ⇐    History of the Queens House ⇒

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The Fan MuseumFan 1

 

Photographs and information

 

There is a small charge but you can take non-commercial photographs.

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Greenwich Market

The market offers numerous arts and crafts at reasonable prices.   Images from inside the market.

How to find it.

 

This view is from the South with the park at my back. Using the sitemap, exits from the Naval College, are from the Romney Gate which faces the park or the the West Gate (turn right towards the park).

When facing the other way there is Greenwich Park, with the Queens House, the National Maritime Museum,the Royal Observatory and Planetarium up the hill.

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Greenwich Park

The Royal Observatory and Planetarium

The Royal Observatory (see charges) houses the Astronomy Center Gallery (free), the Harrison Timekeepers, the UK’s Largest Refracting Telescope,  Flamsteed House and the Meridian Courtyard. The Planetarium, is nearby.

Flamsteed House, Meridian Courtyard, the Harrison Timekeepers and navigation is here ⇐.

View the Tourist Information Map (updated and you can save as a PDF) and discover that there a number of places where one can stand on the Prime Meridian for free and without queuing.

Greenwich Park

The red ball at the top is used to mark time (either noon or 1 pm) when it dropped so that ships could set their chronometers. It was used instead of a noon day gun because sound takes time to travel.  The Time Ball.

Greenwich Observatory

The climb is about 140 feet. That’s about the height of a 15 story building.  The easiest gradient is by the road to the right.  The diagonal route, under the trees has a place to sit about half way up.

The climb can be avoided by traveling around to the plateau beyond, and do the tour in reverse. Please see Travel to Greenwich.

And, you must think I’m daft, if you think I’m going to walk up there.

Turns out you’re right.

Straight on past the observatory is a more landscaped park (see the row of three pics at start) that leads to diagonal roadside parking and the number 53  bus stop.

The West Park

Turning right after the observatory and crossing the road (The Ave ~ Avenue) leads to an untended part of the park.

There one could see a statue by Henry More entitled Knife Edge.  It was on loan to the park and may be gone by midsummer 2014. Here are two views of the same statue.

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Further on, can be seen a view of Our Lady and Star of the Sea.

There is also another view over London.

view over london from greenwich

The Ave

The Ave ~ Avenue divides the main park and the West side and is closed to all traffic after dusk.  With the trees acting as a buffer to sound and light, it is very much like being in the countryside.

It is used by cyclists and the occasional skate boarder, so it wise to stay on the pavement/sidewalk.

The Ave ~ Avenue continues as King William Walk and at the bottom the welcoming sight of a Tavern.

Greenwich Tavern

Greenwich Nightlife

Greenwich also has the Up the Creek Comedy Club on Creek St, a Theater and Picture House

There are numerous Taverns, Pubs, Cafes and Restaurants. Using Google Maps enter any one of those four descriptions.

You can also specify Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese,Thai, Italian, Spanish and French.  And, there is a traditional Pie and Mash shop.

The nightlife is generally thriving but gentle.  A good place to unwind.

Food and Drink

Like many tourist venues food and drink can be both pricey and pretentious, especially at the park owned venues. Best option is to picnic in the park.  On rainy days there is plenty of shelter/benches on the walkway between the Museum and Queens House.

Alternatively, recommended are “The Yacht” and the “Plume of Feathers”.  Both to the east of the Naval College.

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If you get a chance to visit, I hope you enjoy. 🙂