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Discover historic splendour and spectacle

Painted Hall

The magnificent Painted Hall is recognised as the greatest piece of decorative painting in England and has been described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’.

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Author: Emma Van Allan

Chapel

Designed by James "Athenian" Stuart, the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in the UK and regularly holds services and music concerts.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre at the Old Royal Naval College is free to visit and is the starting point for millions of visitors to the ORNC and Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

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Author: Emma Van Allan

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Events

  • Hidden London

    An exhibition of photographs by students from Greenwich Community College focusing on London's hidden spaces. Read more

  • Proms at The Chapel

    For this first ‘Proms at …’ matinee, the BBC Singers and David Hill will be hosted in the stunning Old Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, for what the composer called ‘the last mortal sin of my old age’. Read more

  • Unlocked

    Enjoy an evening of exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and cocktails. Read more

Blog

  • A little artistic licence: Thornhill and the Upper Painted Hall

    The Painted Hall is the spectacular centrepiece of the Old Royal Naval College, starring the huge lower hall ceiling, the largest painting in Europe, which will undergo conservation later this year. But less studied, and arguably more peculiar, is a pair of monochrome "Grisaille" panels hidden at the end of the hall. Read more

  • On this day - The Great Harry, Henry VIII's flagship, is completed

    Long before the construction of the Royal Hospital for Seamen, Greenwich witnessed the birth of Britain’s reputation as a serious European naval power. Read more

  • Mutiny on the Bounty

    The story of the Bounty is one of betrayal and survival on the high seas, featuring one of the most notorious mutineers of all time and a seemingly impossible journey for survival across the Pacific. Read more