The Tulip Stairs

Queen's House closure

Visitor notice: From 1pm - 5pm on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 April the Great Hall will be closed to the public. The rest of the house and galleries remain open, including the Tulip Stairs and the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. Find out more about the Armada Portrait

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 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.

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