The Queen's House
|Address||Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF.|
|Contact||Recorded information: 0181-293 9618
Administration: 0181-858 4422 Fax: 0181-312 6632
|Charge includes admission to The National Maritime
Museum, The Royal Observatory.
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James I’s Queen, Anne of Denmark, had commissioned Inigo Jones to design this superb building in 1616. It was completed for Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, in 1638. Inspired by the Italian palaces and villas of the Palladio, it is the earliest English building in the classical style. It revolutionised English Jacobean architecture overnight--and for over 200 years dominated European and American architecture. Straddling the old Deptford to Woolwich Road walled road (now marked by magnificent double colonnades) it joined the Tudor Palace grounds with the wooded hunting country that is now Greenwich Park and Blackheath beyond.
Framed by Greenwich Royal Park, The Queen’s House is the centrepiece of the historic landscape that rewards visitors to Greenwich today and was reopened in 1990 after major work that restored the building to its 17th Century splendour. Today, with its dazzling interior which includes the first spiral staircase in England, the Queen’s House is a museum covering the Tudor and Stuart periods.
It is one of Britain’s most prestigious venues for corporate hospitality.
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