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The Queen’s House

Type:Historic House / Palace

Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6608

The Queen's House


The Queen’s House Greenwich will celebrated their 400th anniversary last year of its commissioning and design. When the House reopened, visitors were able to see Orazio Gentileschi’s Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife displayed in this iconic building for the first time since 1650. The painting, which is part of the Royal Collection, was one of a sequence commissioned by King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria for the Queen’s House.

Designed by Inigo Jones in 1616 for the wife of James I, Anne of Denmark, the Queen’s House was the first classical building in the country and is an acknowledged masterpiece of 17th-century architecture.  It houses an internationally renowned collection of paintings by masters including Turner, Gainsborough, Hogarth, Stubbs, and van de Veldes as well as exciting contemporary fine art.

Highlights of the Queen’s House include the Great Hall, a perfectly proportioned cube hall with its striking marble floor and geometrically-patterned black-and-white design as well as the iconic elegant Tulip Stairs which were the first geometric self-supporting spiral stair in Britain. The Queen’s House is also home to a ghost! A photograph from 1966 purportedly shows 2 or 3 shrouded figures on the staircase – climb it if you dare!

The Queen’s House is free to visit with the exception of special exhibitions and guided tours.

Connected to the National Maritime Museum by beautiful colonnades, the Queen’s House is also just minutes’ walk from the Royal Observatory and Cutty Sark.

Guide Prices

Entrance to the Queen’s House is free


Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre - Set in the heart of historic, maritime Greenwich
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction


  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs welcome

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Limited pay and display on-site parking on weekends and bank holidays accessed via Park Row
  • Parking (charge) - Local limited pay and display parking (on-site parking available on weekends and Bank Holidays only)


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - There are several catering options a short walk away at the National Maritime Museum
  • Picnic Site - Greenwich Park is a beautiful place for fine-weather picnics. There are also picnic spaces at the National Maritime Museum

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 9
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities - Various spaces available visit for details
  • Event Venue - The Queen’s House is one of the most popular and iconic wedding venues in South London. For more details visit

Specialist Features

  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North: leave M25 at junction 27 onto M11. Follow A12 signs for Blackwall Tunnel
From South: leave M25 at junction 2, onto A2, and continue to A206
Limited pay and display parking in surrounding area. Limited on-site pay and display parking on weekends and bank holidays, accessed via Park Row

Public Transport Directions

7 minutes’ walk from Cutty Sark DLR and Greenwich Pier
Bus stop ‘’National Maritime Museum’ on Romney Road
Greenwich Station (Direct trains from London Bridge) is 10 minutes’ walk


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2014
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* The Queen’s House is shut on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Reduced opening hours on New Year’s Day.
Extended opening hours in the summer months.
Occasionally there are unavoidable closures to parts of the site for maintenance and events.

The Queen’s House will be closed from 26 July 2015 for restoration and development works and will re-launch in July 2016 to mark the building’s 400th year anniversary.

Up to date opening hour information can be found at

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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