The Great Hall & Tulip Stairs

Christmas

Christmas opening times: Our venues are open throughout the Christmas holidays except 24-26 December. Find out more about our great festive events

Essential information

Opening times: 
Open daily | 10am–5pm
Admission: 
Free
Location: 
Queen's House, Ground floor

See the dramatic Great Hall and Tulip Stairs in Inigo Jones's beautifully designed Queen's House in Greenwich.

The Great Hall is at the heart of the Queen’s House, which was designed by the famous architect Inigo Jones and is known as the first Classical building in England.

Step through its doors and find yourself in a huge, perfectly proportioned cube, measuring 12m x 12m (40ft x 40ft), reflecting Renaissance ideals of mathematical, classical proportion and harmony. Also notice the striking marble floor, with its geometrically-patterned black-and-white design. It was laid in 1635.

The Great Hall ceiling

For the first time since 1639, an artist has worked on the ceiling of the Great Hall. Turner Prize winner Richard Wright has responded to the geometry and beauty of the Queen’s House with an intricate and unique design in gold leaf.

See the Great Hall ceiling

The Tulip Stairs

The sweeping Tulip Stairs are one of the original features of the Queen’s House. This ornate, wrought iron structure was the first geometric self-supporting spiral stair in Britain. It is also the location of the Rev R. W. Hardy’s famous ‘ghost’ photograph taken in 1966, which appears to show two or three shrouded figures on the staircase – a phenomenon that has never been explained logically to this day.

Tell me more about the Queen's House ghost

Visit the Queen’s House

The Queen’s House is open daily, 10am–5pm 

Please note that the Great Hall and Tulip Stairs will occasionally be closed for events, mostly only for 1-2 hours. Longer closures will be flagged on these pages. The House remains open 10am–5pm, with full access to the Armada Portrait, King’s Presence Chamber and other key artworks and features of this beautiful historic building.                

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