Queen's House is a former royal residence built between 1616 and 1635 near Greenwich Palace, a few miles down-river from the City of London and now in the London Borough of Greenwich. It presently forms a central focus of what is now the Old Royal Naval College with a grand vista leading to the River Thames. Its architect was Inigo Jones, for whom it was a crucial early commission, for Anne of Denmark, the queen of King James VI and I. Queen's House is one of the most important buildings in British architectural history, being the first consciously classical building to have been constructed in the country. It was Jones's first major commission after returning from his 1613–1615 grand tour of Roman, Renaissance, and Palladian architecture in Italy.
Some earlier English buildings, such as Longleat and Burghley House, had made borrowings from the classical style, but these were restricted to small details not applied in a systematic way, or the building may be a mix of different styles. Furthermore, the form of these buildings was not informed by an understanding of classical precedents. Queen's House would have appeared revolutionary to English eyes in its day. Jones is credited with the introduction of Palladianism with the construction of Queen's House, although it diverges from the mathematical constraints of Palladio, and it is likely that the immediate precedent for the H-shaped plan straddling a road is the Villa Medici at Poggio a Caiano by Giuliano da Sangallo.
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Andy Kay | Feb 19, 2018
There is a free tour twice a day. Go on it! The lady that runs the tour is very knowledgeable, with little stories to tell as you go around. As someone who doesn't know a lot about art, I'd have looked around the house and thought "oh nice pictures" but the tour adds so much more, I felt like I knew what I was looking at. Fantastic!
AL S | Nov 7, 2017
Beautifully kept Royal home turned into a museum. Entrance is free. There are many personal possessions and famous paintings on show. Each room is magnificent and you must visit the spiral staircase at the rear of the house. The orangery garden leads onto Greenwich park. Nice place to visit with the whole family.
Ammar Ali | Jan 27, 2018
My wife and I got married here and Queens House was an incredible setting for our marriage. You have everything from the fine interior to grand open view of Greenwich park. Simply stunning.
Will G. | Feb 9, 2018
After long and costly renovation one might expect a more grand entrance, rather than through the cellar! Not enough places to sit inside. Anachronistic grand hall wall painting. Shame it's just an art gallery rather than showing at least some of it as a residence.
Lana Poth | Feb 24, 2018
Interesting collection with some amazing portrets. Rooms contain paintings but also information about the former use when it was really the 'queen's house'.
David Hendry-Hernandez | Apr 2, 2018
Great historical place with very friendly staff. Royal and naval art and history. Great day out
Orso bär | Mar 26, 2018
greenwich is the most romantic place in greater London can easily be reached by docklands light railway from bank dont miss to cross the thames through the historic pedestrian tunnel
Ian Rodney | Mar 5, 2018
Amazing museum. 2 floors of paintings and ship models. Mostly nautical themed with some portraits!
fabrice terrochaire | Apr 26, 2018
Loved it. Near maritime museum within Greenwich so already in a great place. Then inside great wall decorations, paintings and great building in general.
Edith Glennie | Apr 24, 2018
Lots more paintings than you'd think could fit, of many different styles and eras. Only complaint is that it's pretty maze-like and easy to get lost
Steve Smith | May 5, 2018
This looks and feels historic. It's like viewing the paintings as they might have first been seen
Yui Cho | Jun 2, 2018
6 stars! One of my favorite gallery/museum. Display well explained with details.War time arts collection are amazing! The interior design fascinating. I think it's under rated. The entrance is small but when you walk inside it's like into magic world. The stairs is must-see part, if you come in weekday, you get more chance to have good shot.
Joanna Boatfield | May 17, 2018
Beautiful building. The artwork in there is stunning. The views from the window are amazing. You can see the observatory om the top of the hill. Admission is free. Though you can give a donation towards the upkeep costs.
Roger Worthington | Jun 2, 2018
Such a special place. The building is beautiful and the setting is amazing, but above all, it houses art works that are of truly national significance.
Anatolij Amato | May 27, 2018
Very nice paintings ranging from old ships to modern art, distributed over two floors. Various rooms to explore and a beautiful Graden Out front.
sonia zozoros | May 31, 2018
Amazing place make sure not miss it. Free entry. Greenwich market deserves a visit too.
Nicolq Roberts | Jun 17, 2018
Amazing piece of history. Enjoyed walking around this beautiful house. The architecture and decor is like walking back in time. The art work and pieces of sculptures, are mesmerising. The landscape was very well kept and the view of canary wharf, in contrast felt sereal. Would definitely recommend this to everyone interested in English history. This place is steeped in royal history, with Queen Elizabeth the 1st to conquer many battles.
Timmy Chan | Jun 19, 2018
Lovely house with lots of very old paintings. Looks small from outside but has many rooms especially on the first floor. Free entry n one can easily spend an hour here.
Barbara Deason | Jul 1, 2018
Great restoration and wonderful paintings: particularly liked the modern additions. Warm Welcome from friendly, helpful staff too made for an enjoyable visit.
360 Business Photographer - Simon Sadek | Jul 29, 2018
Covered a corporate event here a few days ago where the front green areas were completely transformed for the client. There were large teepes, water games, large inflatable games, bars on the ground, food stalls, etc. The venue team are extremely professional, friendly and welcoming. Attentive to the client needs and very accommodating. The client installed large structures on the grounds for the one day corporate and the surroundings were very Photo impressive. I look forward to shooting here again soon
Colin Atkins | Jul 13, 2018
Well worth a visit. Beautiful building housing 400 years of art with contemporary additions. Welcoming staff.
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