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Queen's House
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The Queen's House has partnered with Smartify, the world's most downloaded museum app, to make it easier than ever to explore Greenwich's historic house and art gallery.

Choose from a range of dedicated audio tours of the Queen's House and listen along using your own phone.

To get started, click here to see the current tours available, or keep reading to find out more about each guide.

You can also download the Smartify app for free from the Apple or Android app store, and discover a host of other museums and historic attractions, including the National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Audio guide features

  • Expert commentary on the history of the Queen’s House: learn how and why it was built, discover who lived and worked here, and find out about the 450-plus artworks on display.
  • Rich audio, images and text: lean back and listen or read the transcript – explore the Queen's House at your own pace and in your own way.
  • Listen again when you get home: want to check something you heard during your visit? Once the app is installed, you can always tune in again.

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A photograph of the exterior of the Queen's House in Greenwich

Queen's House classic audio tour


Commanding views of Greenwich Park and the River Thames, the Queen’s House is one of Greenwich’s most iconic landmarks.

Commissioned in 1616 by Anne of Denmark (the wife of King James I), the building was designed by pioneering architect Inigo Jones.

On this free tour, discover the history of the UK’s first classical building, now home to a world-renowned art collection.

The tour is currently available in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, European Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean.

    An oil painting of a highly decorated sailing ship, with a small boat pulled alongside

    Van de Veldes exhibition audio tour


    The Van de Veldes were two of the most sought-after marine artists in 17th century Europe and are considered the founders of English marine painting, inspiring generations of artists including J.M.W. Turner.

    The free exhibition in the Queen's House, The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea, follows the journey of these émigré artists, and explores how they changed the course of British maritime art.

    An audio tour featuring an exclusive guide to the exhibition is available for £5 when you book free tickets to the Queen's House. A link to listen will be sent to you via email when you check out.

    A drag king performing at the Queen's House in Greenwich

    Fierce Royals audio tour


    Get ready for an audio guide like no other - join drag king and queer historian Christian Adore for 'a very gay tour' of the Queen's House!

    He'll take you on a personal audio tour, sharing just some of the "deliciously gay stories" contained within its galleries.

    Along the way, he'll introduce the performers and artists that make our annual event Fierce Queens a night to treasure, allowing them to share their own experiences of representation and inclusivity in the historic space.

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    Queen's House

    • Internationally renowned art
    • Stunning architecture
    • The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea
    • Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I
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