Tickets for Old Royal Naval College: The Painted Hall

Marvel at the jewel of Greenwich and its spectacular baroque interior

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Overview
Opening hours
Today:  10:00 - 17:00
Monday:  10:00 - 17:00
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
Highlights
  • Marvel at the exceptional Painted Hall, the jewel of Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College
  • Use an interactive 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
Description

It's not often you get to visit the birthplace of an English king, let alone world-famous husband Henry VIII, but the stunning walls and ceiling inside the Old Royal Naval College are actually a much bigger draw than Old Coppernose.

After extensive renovation, the Painted Hall goes some way to justifying its billing as the Sistine Chapel of the UK. Enjoy an interactive guide to the Hall, get hands on with objects inspired by its history, plus gain access to the fascinating Sackler Gallery.

Interactive guides allow you to experience the unique history of the Painted Hall and the intriguing stories within the Sackler Gallery, where you'll discover how Sir James Thornhill created the now world-famous Hall, and meet the many characters, including gods and heroes, depicted on the ceiling.

It's a fun-for-all experience, and you're encouraged to interact with the replica artifacts on display. Throw on King William's cloak, brave a staring contest with the Medusa on Athena's shield and knight your friends with King Louis XIV's broken sword.

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What's included
General admission to the Painted Hall
Entrance to other parts of the Old Royal Navy College
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket
Venue
Address
Old Royal Naval College
King William Walk, East Greenwich, SE10 9NN, London
Key info
Audio guide
Multimedia guide available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese
Wheelchair accessible
Reviews
Aug 9, 2019
The painted ceilings are good but I seriously do not think that the artwork should be promoted as the UK’s version of the Sistine Chapel. They do not remotely compare to Michaelangelo..
Jul 20, 2019
We arrived in the pouring rain and made our way to the museum first. Spent over two and a half hours visiting every exhibition. Fantastic and its free! Had a spot of lunch in the café and then made our way across the road to 'The Painted Ceiling'. We were both speechless. It's a fantastic experience and would not have missed it for the world. It was so relaxing to lie on our backs on the seats provided and absorb this beautiful masterpiece.
Jun 18, 2019
Very good
Jun 15, 2019
We found it very interesting and well worth having a guide.

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