Romney Road, Greenwich, LONDON, SE10 9NF
The Queen's House reopens in October 2016, after over a year of extensive refurbishment, and celebrates its 400th anniversary with a major new art display. Built as a 'house of delight' for James I's queen, Anne of Denmark, as part of the palace where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born, this royal villa was designed by Inigo Jones in 1616. It is Britain's first classical building and a pioneering masterpiece of 17th-century architecture. The newly reopened House will showcase over 450 works of art by such masters as Van Dyck, Gainsborough, and Reynolds, as well as the iconic 'Armada Portrait' of Queen Elizabeth I, on permanent public display for the first time after a successful appeal to acquire it for the nation. This special display focuses on the people and events key to its creation and history, and on its significance today. On the ceiling of the Great Hall is a spectacular new work in gold leaf, by Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright. Inspired by the newly restored Tulip Stairs, this is the first piece specially commissioned for the Hall since the 1630s. The House is also a social space where you can enjoy splendid views of Greenwich Park, the Old Royal Naval College, the Thames and Canary Wharf, as well as art, architecture and royal history. Photo copyright - National Maritime Museum.
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Free admission. Charges apply to some special events & exhibitions
After reopening in October 2016 the House will be open all year, daily 10-5 (last admission 4.30). Closed 24-26 Dec
Average visit 1.5hrs
Central Greenwich A206