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Painted Hall Ceiling Tour

  • Duration Duration Approx. 1 hour
  • Departure Point Departure Point The Painted Hall, Greenwich, SE10
  • Walking Walking Moderate
  • Ascend 60 feet to the top of the Painted Hall for the first time ever
  • See the exquisite Baroque designs up close by British artists Sir James Thornhill
  • 50 minute experience gives you the chance to experience what no one else has
  • Learn of the Painted Hall’s fascinating design and history with an expert guide
  • The observation deck gives you the best possible views of the Painted Hall
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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 has opened ceiling tours for the first time to the public with a 50 minute experience sure to live long on in your memory.

This once-in-a-lifetime tour takes you 60 feet to the top of the Painted Hall to see Sir James Thornhill’s famous artwork for yourself. With an expert guide teaching you the history of these exquisite ceilings as you walk across the observation deck, you will get to hear and see how the paintings 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 come up close and personal to the ceilings on this beautiful tour of one of the country’s most breath-taking buildings.

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!
Additional Information

What's Included in the tour

  • Guided Tour

What's Excluded in the tour

  • Food and drink
Please Note:
  • Once booked, this tour cannot be cancelled
  • All visitors must arrive 15 minutes before their intended tour time. Latecomers will not be admitted and tickets cannot be refunded.
  • Visitors will only be admitted to tours that have suitable capacity to carry the volume of visitors on their voucher.
  • All visitors must attend the briefing at the beginning of the tour which will include details on what to do in an emergency situation.
  • Visitors must be fit enough to ascend and descend 67 steps.
  • Visitors who have heart or circulation problems, respiratory disease, epilepsy, or are pregnant are advised to carefully consider their condition before they purchase a ticket. Refunds on the day are not permitted.
  • Children under the age of 6 will not be permitted. All children must be able to ascend and descend the staircase on their own. Pushchairs and buggies are not permitted.
  • Visitors will be required to wear high visibility jackets and hard hats provided for the duration of the tour.
  • Suitable footwear must be worn (i.e. no stiletto heels)
  • This activity is not disabled-friendly
Activity Code : PHCT