Celebrating Wren 300
2023 marks three hundred years since the death of Sir Christopher Wren, one of Great Britain’s most famed architects and the chief architect of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, amongst other iconic buildings across London and the UK.
Wren’s influence spans the centuries, from the world-famous St Paul’s Cathedral to centres of learning in Greenwich, Oxford and Cambridge, churches and palaces fit for a king. Alongside his many talents for architecture, he was also a keen astronomer, physicist, mathematician, and anatomist.
To commemorate Wren’s extraordinary legacy, some of his most famous buildings and associated institutions will be hosting fascinating events and activities throughout the year.
Here is a quick fly-through of some of the sites involved.
In celebration of Wren 300, we have partnered with St Paul’s Cathedral, the Square Mile Wren Churches and Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to offer a discounted ticket of up to 30% that gives you the opportunity to visit these glorious sites and catch the boat in between. The viewpoint from the river is an added bonus.
Head to the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers website to book this special joint trip.
Wren 300 Events
2023 will be a year dedicated to Sir Christopher Wren. We will be hosting a variety of events including a unique photographic exhibition, interactive family activities and scavenger hunts, commemorative Chapel concerts, and specialised tours exploring the life and career of Sir Christopher Wren.Find out more
Who was Christopher Wren?
As well as being one of England’s most acclaimed architects, he was something of a polymath, with professions including anatomist, astronomer, mathematician and physicist.Find out more
Wren's vision for the Royal Hospital
Sir Christopher Wren needed all his experience and skill when he worked on the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Not only did he have to incorporate the existing King’s House into his own design, but he also had to meet Mary II’s request for a river view from the Queen’s House.Find out more
Foundation of the Royal Hospital
Queen Mary, daughter of James II, had an interest – like her father – in the navy and particularly with the welfare of sailors. It was her idea to build an institution to house old and infirm sailors, in the same way as Chelsea Hospital did with soldiers.Find out more
Wren Studio22 Apr - 15 Nov 2023
A free interactive space in the Mezzanine Gallery of the Visitor Centre invites visitors to explore classical architecture inspired by Wren, his work, and designs.Find out more
Wren Tours: 300 Years of WrenUntil 28 Sept 2023 | Thursdays, 11am & 1pm
To commemorate the tercentenary of the death of Sir Christopher Wren, a special tour has been devised looking at the outstanding impact he made on this site.Find out more