Chapel of St Peter and St Paul, The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich 

Awards Ceremonies on the Greenwich campus take place in the Chapel in the World Heritage site of the Old Royal Naval College on the banks of the Thames. 

Car parking 

There are public car parks in the vicinity of the Old Royal Naval College. Regrettably, there is no on-site parking. Please do not underestimate the traffic in the Greenwich area, and allow ample time for travelling and finding a parking space. 

Getting to the Old Royal Naval College  

History of the Old Royal Naval College and Chapel  

Rochester Cathedral, Rochester, Kent 

Awards Ceremonies for graduates on courses run at the Medway campus take place in Rochester Cathedral, England's second oldest cathedral. 

Park & Ride

A free Park & Ride facility for graduates and their guests will be operating from our Medway Campus ME4 4TB (https://www.gre.ac.uk/about-us/campus/medway) direct to Rochester on the day of your ceremony. 

Campus > Rochester      Rochester > Campus

8.00                                  14.00

8.30                                  15.00                          

12.00                                 17.00

12.30                                 18.00

These times will allow you plenty of opportunity to collect your tickets and gown and arrange photographs.

You do not need a ticket as the buses will be clearly marked "UoG Award Ceremonies" and there is no charge for either parking at Medway where there is provision for blue bade holders, or to travel on the bus.  The walking distance from the drop-off at Rochester to the Corn Exchange/Cathedral is about 5 minutes.

Car parking 

There are public car parks in the vicinity of Rochester Cathedral. Regrettably, there is no on-site parking. Please do not underestimate the traffic in the Rochester area, and allow ample time for travelling and finding a parking space. 

Rochester Cathedral Visitor Information  

History of Rochester Cathedral  

Disability and access 

It is important to the University that all graduates and guests are able to attend and enjoy the awards ceremonies. 

Whilst adhering to the health and safety requirements of our ceremony sites, every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate any special arrangements. 

  • Wheelchair access to the Old Royal Naval College Chapel and Rochester Cathedral can be arranged, but you must inform our department by the Online Graduation deadline date. The Greenwich venue needs this information in order to provide trained staff for the Stairmate machine on the day of the ceremony. 
  • A limited number of university-managed parking spaces are available onsite for anyone with mobility problems or holding a disabled parking badge. Please note that this is on a first come basis, and you must make your request by the Online Graduation deadline date 
  • A British Sign Language Interpreter can be arranged for graduates, who require them to assist in their studies at the university. Please note that your request must be indicated to our department by the Online Graduation deadline date, or you will be required to make your own arrangements and pay all costs involved. We are not able to provide sign language interpreters for your guests. 
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to provide the loan or hire of wheelchairs on ceremony days. If a wheelchair is required on the day, guests or graduates will need to make their own arrangements. 

The Old Royal Naval College Chapel has difficulties associated with providing access for anyone with mobility problems, which are common in historic buildings. The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College provides access for people with mobility impairment through the use of a motorised Stairmate. The Ancient Monument status of these buildings makes it difficult to find a permanent solution, although a lift has recently been installed in the Painted Hall. 

It should be noted that the Stairmate equipment has its limitations; the maximum weight the Stairmate can hold is 200kg, which is the combined weight of the wheelchair and its user. Additionally, the maximum width of a wheelchair is 69.6cm (27 inches) this is the overall width, hand-rim to hand-rim. Some electric wheelchairs will exceed these limits. Due to the technical specifications of this machine, we will need specific information regarding the wheelchair being used. 

All wheelchair users planning to attend an Awards Ceremony will need to include their details when applying online. Please arrive outside the Chapel at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of your ceremony in order to be seated before other guests arrive. 

For health and safety reasons, it will not be possible to accommodate more than four wheelchair users in the Chapel at any one time. It is therefore imperative that you advise us of your - or your guest's - requirements by the closing date. Please note that some seating in the Chapel is in galleries and requires access via a staircase. Please comment in the special arrangements section when booking your tickets if this is unsuitable for your guests. 

There are a limited number of university-managed parking spaces available onsite for anyone with mobility problems or holding a disabled parking badge. 

At Rochester cathedral access for wheelchair users - or anyone with a mobility problem - is not an issue. The reception after the ceremony will take place in the Cathedral grounds. There are a number of disabled-parking spaces in the vicinity for holders of disabled-parking permits.