Perhaps the best-known family in English royal history, the Tudors helped to make England one of the world’s leading colonial powers. Discover more about how the Tudor dynasty helped to shape Britain, from promoting global trade and industry, to establishing England’s first national navy.

Henry VIII (1491–1547) is one of the most written about kings in English history. He established the Church of England and the Royal Navy.

Henry VIII (1491–1547) is credited for establishing the Royal Navy – establishing Royal Dockyards and building new, innovative warships.

Conveniently situated beside the River Thames, Greenwich was extremely popular with the Tudor royal family.

Members of the Royal family have been drawn to Greenwich as far back as the late middle ages, with the area being the site of numerous royal births, marriages and deaths.

Henry VIII was born in Greenwich, lived in a number of palaces in London and across the UK throughout his life, and died in Whitehall at the age of 55. He had become obese since his famous jousting accident and resulting leg wound he suffered in Greenwich.

Henry VIII (1509-1547) is one of history’s most famous monarchs. His radical political and religious upheavals reshaped the Tudor world and led England towards democracy and empire.He is best known for his six marriages and his life-long pursuit for a male heir. His six wives (though Henry believed he had only three legally valid marriages) and their lives are the subjects of much fascination and speculation that continues to this day.