Date of release: Friday, September 9, 2016

Open House 2016The historic buildings of the University of Greenwich will be open to the public next weekend (17 and 18 September) during the annual Open House London event.

Visitors will be able to join free, hourly tours around the university's courts – King William, Queen Anne and Queen Mary – and other areas of the Old Royal Naval College, some of which are not normally open to the public. Tours will take in Admiral's House, where the high-ranking officers of the Royal Navy used to reside, and the Undercroft, the last remaining part of the Tudor Palace in which Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I were born.

Billed as the 'capital's greatest architectural festival', Open House is an opportunity to look around hundreds of buildings of all types and periods for free. It is a city-wide celebration of buildings, places and neighbourhoods, with a quarter of a million people expected to take part.

Visitors will also be able to look round the university's award-winning Stockwell Street building, which houses the departments of Architecture & Landscape and Creative Professions & Digital Arts. The building features the university library as well as state-of-the-art film, TV and sound studios and landscaped roofs. Stockwell Street was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, the premier award of British architecture, in 2015, and has won many other national prizes.

The Old Royal Naval College is home to the university's largest campus. At the heart of a World Heritage Site, it is described by UNESCO as "the finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles". Alongside Sir Christopher Wren, architects who worked on the College include Nicholas Hawksmoor, James 'Athenian' Stuart and Sir John Vanbrugh.

Tours at the Old Royal Naval College run on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am and start from the information point on Lower Grand Square. Entry is free.

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