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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


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.


Author: Emma Van Allan

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  • August Challenge

    This summer you are invited to take part in the ORNC August Challenge. Complete four different activities during August - making, drawing, exploring and playting victorian skittles - to earn your certificate! Read more

  • In tune at 0° longitude: Yi Dong, Jiafeng Chen & Alexis White

    East meets West in this performance in our beautiful Chapel, starring the renowned Chinese classical zheng performer, Yi Dong, and violin and piano performances by Jiafeng Cheng and Alexis White. Read more

  • "A Great and Noble Design"

    A revealing exhibition examining Sir James Thornhill’s preparatory sketches for the ORNC’s famous Painted Hall in the light of groundbreaking new research. Read more


  • #Fav7Films - the ORNC in film

    With the #fav7films hashtag trending on social media, we take a look at some of the appearances of the Old Royal Naval College site in recent blockbusters. Read more

  • 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