World-famous artworks, captivating architecture and fascinating royal history: there is so much to explore for free at the Queen's House this year.
Listen to a unique soundscape
A Proposal for Radical Hospitality is a new sound installation by composer Peter Adjaye installed in the Queen’s Presence Chamber.
Created in response to The Armada Portrait, the work traces the painting’s legacies of empire and the roots of the transatlantic slave trade.
Climb the Tulip Stairs
The iconic Tulip Stairs are not only insta-ready, they’re the first of their kind. The first geometric self-supporting spiral staircase in Britain, they are the jewel in the Queen’s House architectural crown.
See iconic art from world-famous artists
From Old Masters to cutting edge artists and designers, the Queen’s House is a treasure trove for art lovers. Works from artists such as Canaletto, Lowry and Kehinde Wiley sit alongside each other in a careful dialogue between old and new.
Brush up on your royal history
It’s called Royal Greenwich for a reason! Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary were all born in Greenwich, and Henry VIII had two of his weddings here.
Anne of Denmark and Henrietta Maria were key to the building of the Queen’s House, and Henrietta Maria helped to develop the court culture that the House was renowned for.
Stand where they stood, and learn about the history of the house on one of our guided tours (available from 21 June, government guidelines permitting).
Gaze up at the Great Hall ceiling
A perfect cube, the Great Hall is situated at the heart of the Queen’s House. Originally the ceiling above the Great Hall was decorated with paintings by Orazio Gentileschi. However, they were gifted by Queen Anne to her favourite Sarah Churchill, and now reside at Marlborough House.
Now the space holds another delight: a delicate gold leaf ceiling fresco designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright. A fitting 21st addition to an historic building.
Discover iconic architecture
Inigo Jones, England's first great architect, designed the Queen's House. It was England's first truly classical building.
The new house was such a novelty that people called it 'The White House'.
Find another painted ceiling
Once Henrietta Maria’s bedroom and now home to the Armada Portrait, the Queen’s Presence Chamber is a room with a rich history. No one knows who painted the central ceiling panel or when it was installed, but we do know that it is called Aurora dispersing the shades of the night.
In the ceiling you can also see Henrietta Maria and her husband Charles I’s joint coat of arms.
Gaze out at the view
When the Old Royal Naval College was being built, Queen Mary stipulated that the new buildings should not block the view of the Thames from the Queen’s House - a request that Sir Christopher Wren fulfilled.
Despite not spending time at the Queen’s House herself, Mary’s decision has defined this stretch of Royal Greenwich, creating one of the most beautiful views of London. While this side of the river has altered little since the 18th century, the view across the Thames has changed radically, not least with the building and development of Canary Wharf.
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