Public tours start at Dartmouth’s Britannia Royal Naval College
BRITANNIA Royal Naval College is now open for public visits.
The historic Dartmouth college will be open for guided public tours every Monday and Wednesday afternoon.
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The visits are being organised by the Britannia Association Tours.
Captain Jerry Kyd, the commanding officer of BRNC, said: "I am delighted that the Britannia Association, a charity organisation that does so much for both the College and its past alumni, is now providing public tours of the Royal Navy's officer training College.
"It is a jewel in the country's crown and is still one of the few Grade 1 listed buildings still being used as was originally intended at build – training Naval Officers.
"Today officers from over 22 countries are trained here, including many hundreds for the Royal Navy who pass through the gates before going onto their specialist training elsewhere.
"It is a vibrant, thoroughly modern military College steeped in the history and ethos that is so important as we prepare our young men and women for a busy Fleet.
"A tour of this fantastic College is not just a journey into history but also an insight into today's Navy that continues to work tirelessly around the world, often unseen, protecting our interests and assuring our security."
Tours start from a convenient pick-up point in Dartmouth town, with visitors then taken to the College by coach for a walking tour, which lasts around two hours.
Visitors will be escorted in manageable groups by an individual tour guide who is able to provide an informative narrative giving them both the history of the Royal Navy and BRNC, together with its present day role in delivering training for today's young Royal Naval Officers serving in the modern Fleet.
The visits will start from Monday March 25. To book tickets call the Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre on 01803 834224.