Audio-Described Painted Hall Ceiling Tour

Saturday 22 September, 11am – 1pm

Ascend 60 feet and uncover the secrets of Britain’s largest painted ceiling currently undergoing a major conservation project. This is a once in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast baroque masterpiece up close. An audio-described tour and workshop for blind and partially-sighted visitors. Free but pre-booking is essential. Call 020 8269 4799 or click here

British Sign Language interpreted Painted Hall Ceiling Tour

Sunday 23 September, 11am – 12pm

Ascend 60 feet and uncover the secrets of Britain’s largest painted ceiling currently undergoing a major conservation project. This is a once in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast baroque masterpiece up close. Tour delivered by an expert tour guide with British Sign Language interpretation provided by Sula Gleeson. Free but pre-booking is essential. Please click here for more information. 

Architecture tours

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00, 12:30, 13:30 and 15:00

Volunteer-led site tours start from the information point in Grand Square offering a fascinating introduction the history and architecture of Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece. Include a visit to the stunning neo-classical Chapel and King Charles court, now home to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Admiral’s House

Saturday and Sunday, drop-in 10am – 5pm

One of the oldest surviving parts of the site, Admiral’s House, overlooking the Thames, was once the residence of the Governor of the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Designed by John Webb (1611-1672) for Charles II as part of a plan to create a royal palace to rival Versailles. Grade I listed. A rare chance to view this elegant space, furnished with a fabulous naval painting collection. 

Chapel, Visitor Centre

Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm

The neo-classical Chapel of St Peter & St Paul designed by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart in the 1780s and the Visitor Centre featuring an exhibition on the architecture of the site. 

Skittle Alley

Saturday and Sunday, drop-in 11.30-3pm

Used as a mortuary, infirmary and smoking room, this intriguing space was converted into a skittle alley in 1864 to relieve the boredom of the Greenwich Pensioners who lived at the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Try your hand at the Victorian skittles – not as easy it sounds – the balls are said to be practice cannon balls and there are no holes for your fingers!

Jacobean Undercroft tours

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 (20 mins), max 15 per tour

A rare opportunity to explore a surviving part of Greenwich Palace, a vaulted brick and stone space built beneath the Great Hall of the Tudor Palace during the reign of James I. Normally closed to the public. Access by stairs only.