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Tickets for Old Royal Naval College: Home of The Painted Hall

The story of Greenwich starts here with 600 years of history

Painted Hall and Estate Tours
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College
Registered address: SE10 9LW, London, GB
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Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
Duration: 1h 30mins
Audio guide: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
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Live guide: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Smartphone tickets accepted

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What's included

Entry to the Painted Hall. Open daily from 10am – 4.30 pm last admission
Public guided tours of the site running regularly throughout the day which include the Chapel and Visitor Centre (last tour leaves at 3pm)
Entry to the Victorian Skittle Alley (open from 12 - 3pm subject to availability)
Multimedia audio guide for the Painted Hall (in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, German and Japanese).

Important information

* Included in your ticket is a guided tour of the estate (for individuals and small groups of up to 5 people only). These leave the Visitor Centre on the hour from 11am – 3pm daily.
  • Marvel at the exceptional Painted Hall, the jewel of Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College
  • Use an interactive audio guide to learn the history of Sir James Thornhill's masterpiece and meet its gods and heroes
  • Search the Hall's treasure chest to wield King Louis XIV's broken sword and wear King William's cloak

Immerse yourself in the captivating history of a magnificent riverside estate by joining an award-winning tour of the Old Royal Naval College, for a vivid picture of the estate's rich history.

Begin your exploration by stepping into the breathtaking 17th-century Painted Hall, a masterpiece that took an astonishing 19 years to complete. Often referred to as the UK's Sistine Chapel, this grand hall will leave you in awe. With the assistance of an informative audio guide, you'll uncover the intricacies and stories behind every brushstroke.

Next, venture into the Chapel, where you'll find yourself surrounded by one of Britain's finest eighteenth-century interiors. The exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail will transport you back in time, offering a glimpse into the past splendor of the estate.

Discover the hidden secrets of Greenwich Palace, which remained buried until 2016. This is the very place where both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born, and now you have the chance to glimpse its fascinating remains. The echoes of history reverberate through the air as you stand on the grounds where these iconic figures once walked.

For a touch of Victorian charm, try your hand at one of the last remaining Victorian Skittle Alleys. This traditional game will provide a delightful diversion, allowing you to engage in a pastime from a bygone era.

As you wander through the estate, marvel at the architectural wonders crafted by Sir Christopher Wren. His masterful designs have made this location one of the most sought-after filming spots in the world. It has served as the backdrop for renowned film and TV productions such as The Crown, Les Miserables, Thor: The Dark World, Cruella, Bridgerton, and many others. If you're particularly interested in the cinematic history of the estate, dedicated film tours are also available.

Prepare to be captivated by the allure of this riverside estate, where each highlight promises a unique glimpse into its illustrious past.

  • Show your smartphone ticket at either the Visitor Centre desk or the Painted Hall desk
  • Guided Tours will start from the Visitor Centre desk on the hour from 11amr – 3pm daily
  • Guests are advised to arrive 5–10 mins in advance of the tour
  • Timed entries are a recommendation, your ticket is valid for entrance anytime during standard opening hours
  • The Painted Hall talk runs every 30 minutes from 11am – 4pm
Painted Hall and Estate Tours
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Old Royal Naval College
King William Walk, East Greenwich, SE10 9NN, London
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  • Cancellation is possible until 24 hours before your visit.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 24 hours before your visit.

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3 reviews
11 Feb 2024
Highly recommend visiting the painted hall and grounds of the old naval college. We took the hourly grounds tour too for a gre
Old Royal Naval College: The Painted Hall
05 Feb 2024
Worth visiting for history buffs . In addition to The Painted Hall, you will have access to multiple places.
Old Royal Naval College: The Painted Hall
Ramona,  Germany Germany
18 Feb 2024
Atemberaubende Malereien, ein schönes Gelände, dass zu Spaziergängen einläd. Im Souvinirshop kann man schöne Erinnerungen erwerben.
Old Royal Naval College: The Painted Hall

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