The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College

Activity code: PHCT

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Duration Approx. 1 hour
Departure Point The Painted Hall, Greenwich, SE10
Walking Moderate


  • See the exquisite Baroque designs up close by British artists Sir James Thornhill
  • 70 minute experience gives you the chance to experience some of the finest architecture in the country
  • Learn of the Painted Hall’s fascinating design and history with an audio guide
  • Drop in on talks about the Painted Hall throughout the day for an extra special insight
  • Take advantage of the exhibits available to explore the Painted Hall’s creation


Have the opportunity of a lifetime in the Old Royal Naval College’s Painted Hall that is famously dubbed ‘the Sistine Chapel of Britain’. Known for its mesmerising painted ceilings with one of the most iconic representations of Baroque styles in Europe, it is an absolute must-visit for Londoners and tourists alike.

This sensational tour shows paintings that represent the accessions to the throne of William III, Mary II and George I as well as the United Kingdom’s historic successes during the 18th century. With over 200 figures represented, there is much to see and discover as you explore one of country’s most breath-taking buildings.

With audio commentary throughout, you’ll get to hear of Sir Christopher Wren’s famous work as well as having the opportunity to drop in on talks about the Painted Hall. Explore one of the many fascinating exhibits and get hands on experience with the treasure chests filled with sensational historic objects.

Your ticket also includes entry to the new Sackler Gallery where you can learn how Thornhill created the Painted Hall and come face to face with many of the gods and heroes represented on this world-famous ceiling!

Housed in the iconic building of the Old Royal Naval College, the Painted Hall is an unmissable visit and for a limited time only, the ceilings tour provides you with the best possible views of some of the greatest artwork the capital has to offer. Don’t miss out!
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Additional Information

What's Included in the tour

  • Entry to the Painted Hall
  • Audio guide
  • Explorer map

What's Excluded in the tour

  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
Please Note:
  • Further to the latest UK government announcement, you must wear a face covering (unless exempt) for entry into this attraction. You will be refused entry without one.