Greenwich is a lovely little town that was eaten by London. Not to worry it still retains its impeccable charm!
Queen’s House, Greenwich
The museum has just recently re-opened after renovations. It’s got new art, and new interpretation. Originally built for Queen Anne of Denmark (James I), though her successor, Queen Henrietta Marie (Charles I), was the first Queen to actually enjoy it.
These are the famous Tulip Stairs! Queen’s House was the first ‘classical’ building in the UK. Think wannabe greco-roman. These steps are famous for being the first internally unsupported staircase. The name comes from the flowers on the bannister – which may actually be Lilies and not Tulips!
Inigo Jones – the intrepid architect of The Queen’s House. The building was gifted by the King of England to his Queen consort upon his accession to the throne. So it actually was a Queen’s house.
With the recent redevelopment came a new update. This was a commissioned art piece by Richard Wright on the ceiling of the Great Hall. The gold floral pattern on the ceiling is stunning. Henrietta Marie gave the original ceiling away to one of her best friends/ ladies in waiting. As you do.
The collection on display highlights the art from the National Maritime Museum. Most of the images are about the sea, seafaring, sailors, astronomy and of course the Kings and Queens. I loved this work by William deMorgan – nice fishies.
Henrietta-Marie herself! With her husband Charles I. Each room declares what the House was used for during its time – as a school, a hospital and the home of Queens.
THE ARMADA PORTRAIT! This painting of Queen Elizabeth (the first) features a fleet of ships in the background representing her victory over the Spanish. It was recently bought with help of crowd-funding.
Pros: It was lovely! Great collection, well done displays, great interpretation, nice cohesive story, easy way-finding, beautiful location
Cons: The house is built so you can only cross at one point – not the best for people with mobility issues. No cafe or shop but you can head to the National Maritime Museum to get that