The Queen's House, Greenwich
The beautiful building is one of the country’s most interesting, not only for its ties to Royalty but also for its architectural significance, being the first classical building in the UK. Built in 1619 and commissioned by Anne of Denmark it is rumoured to have been an apology present from the then King James I to his wife, for using foul language in front of her! Students can learn about its unique history from a Royal residence to the Stuarts and Tudors and its final preservation by the National Maritime Museum in 1934. Aside from its history and splendour students can marvel at the broad collection of artwork, personal possessions and artefacts housed in the building which features fantastic works by artists such as Gainsborough, Turner and Hogarth. The artistic ties of the building are another interesting area for students to discover, with art dating back to 1673 when Charles II gave artists space in the building. Your group can explore areas of the building and gardens which are open to the public and learn more about the history of England’s Monarchy.