Queen's House closure

Visitor notice: On Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 December, the Great Hall, Tulip Stairs and some ground floor rooms will be closed. The rest of the house and galleries remain open including the Armada Portrait. Find out more about the Armada Portrait

Christmas opening times

Over the Christmas period the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and Queen's House will be open as usual. We are closed to the public from 24-26 December. Plan your next visit

Essential information

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

Stand beneath the ornate ceiling of the Queen's Presence Chamber and discover an artwork fit for royalty.

An amazing original feature of the Queen's House is the ornately painted ceiling of the Queen’s Presence Chamber, which gives us a sense of how Henrietta Maria filled the Queen's House with art in the 1630s. The ceiling was beautifully restored in 2013.

The ‘grotesque’ style includes her and Charles I’s initials in roundels, and ‘Henrica Maria Regina’ above the fireplace. The design was commissioned from either of two court artists, John de Critz or Matthew Gooderick, and includes an allegory of ‘Aurora dispersing the shades of Night’.

The Queen's House is open daily, 10am-5pm

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