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Architectural masterpiece and home of the breathtaking Painted Hall

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’.


Author: Emma Van Allan


The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul is a neo-classical masterpiece by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart and William Newton. Featuring a Samuel Green organ and an altarpiece painted by Benjamin West, it is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in existence.


Author: Emma Van Allan

Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre

The Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre is a free attraction and the starting point for millions of visitors to the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) and Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.


Author: Emma Van Allan


  • Meet James Thornhill

    Meet the creator of the amazing interior of the Painted Hall and hear about his influences, his techniques and his rivals and just why it took 19 years to complete his masterpiece. Read more

  • Meet Joe Brown

    Join Joe Brown and find out about life as a Greenwich Pensioner including what the sailors ate and drank, punishments for breaking Hospital rules and stories of the Battle of Trafalgar. Read more

  • Meet Samuel Pepys

    Hear tales from Samuel Pepys, the great diarist of the 17th century, including his associations with the Navy, the Great Fire of London and the Great Plague. Read more