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Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits

    Come face-to-face with the royal personalities that have shaped British history for over 500 years!


    • See for yourself the kings and queens who have shaped British history for over 500 years.
    • Discover over 150 of the finest portraits from across five royal dynasties.
    • Learn about how royal portraiture developed over the last five centuries, from Henry VII to Elizabeth II.
    • Admire works by important artists from Holbein to Lely, Reynolds, and Warhol.
    • The exhibition displays masterpieces from the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich, and private collections.


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    Ratings & Reviews

    19 Ratings
    Andrew Paterson



    Aug, 2021

    Outstanding exhibition. So well displayed. Facinating information. Best few hours ever.

    For hundreds of years, ordinary people would never have seen their king or queen in person. They would know their monarch through the paintings hung in great houses, civic buildings, or the coins in their pockets. By the 16th century, painters and sculptors skilled in the new art of portraiture started creating reliable likenesses of their royal patrons. This lead to monarchs having the power to influence how they were depicted. Depending on their political need or the fashion of the time, the royal portrait reflected anything from maternal charm to elegance and splendor.

    Tudors to Windsor at the Royal Museums Greenwich features works by some of the most important artists to have worked in Britain. This includes masterpieces by court painters like Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to photographers Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz and artists such as Andy Warhol. The exhibition will touch on the royal links to Greenwich. It is one of London’s key royal sites and is steeped in royal history. Greenwich was the location of the principal Tudor palace, the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the home of the Royal Armouries and is the location of the Queen’s House, and the Royal Observatory founded by Charles II.

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    • Reduced capacity and one-way routes at the sites to ensure we can maintain social distancing.
    • Increased cleaning regime.
    • Sanitiser stations.
    • Card payments only.
    • Screens at all the cash desks.
    • Online bookings only.
    • Some interactives, touch screens, and audioguides will be unavailable.
    • Please wear a face mask and make payments by card wherever possible.

    Important Information

    • Guide dogs, hearing dogs, and assistance dogs are welcome throughout the Museum. A water bowl is available outside the Parkside Café. Please ask at the cafes or Information Desks if your dog requires additional water.
    • A cloakroom and lockers are located on Level 0 near the Park Entrance Information Desk. There is a small charge (£2) for their use.
    • Toilets, baby change facilities, and an accessible toilet are located opposite the ticket desk on the ground floor at the Stanhope entrance off Romney Road.
    • All cafés and gift shops across the National Maritime Museum are wheelchair-accessible and accessible toilets are available. All floors of the National Maritime Museum have lift access.


    • Daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.
    • Timeslots: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3 PM.

    Discounted Tickets

    Infants aged 0-3 can go for free. Children aged 4-15, as well as youth aged 16-24, enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).

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    • Please display your mobile voucher along with a valid photo ID at the ticket redemption point.
    • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.

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    Getting There

    Trains and Underground Services

    • The nearest rail stations are Greenwich and Maze Hill. Direct trains run to these stations from London Cannon Street and London Bridge.
    • If you are using the London Underground, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will take you straight to Cutty Sark station. The DLR connects with other Underground lines at Bank, Tower Gateway, and Stratford stations.


    • The following buses stop near the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House: 129, 177, 180, 188, 286, 386, and N1.
    • The following buses stop near Cutty Sark: 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, and 386.
    • The following buses stop near the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Peter Harrison Planetarium: 53, 54, 202, and 380.


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