500 Years of History Tour & Painted Hall

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Girl with time piece in Painted Hall

Discover one of London's most spectacular hidden gems in the heart of Historic Greenwich. The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College is known as Britain's Sistine Chapel. 

Housed in one of our grounds’ striking domed buildings, the Painted Hall is an epic 18th century masterpiece. Covering 4,000 sq meters, you’ll be able to learn about its fascinating meaning, its celebration of Britain’s naval power and prosperity at the time, and the story of how it took Sir James Thornhill 19 years to paint it.  

Woman lying on bench in Painted Hall

Recently reopened following a major £8.5-million, part National Lottery Heritage funded conservation project, tickets for the Painted Hall include: 

  • use of a multimedia guide (available in 7 languages*) 
  • expert talks throughout the day
  • hands-on exhibits
  • free kids activities 

Older couple on bench

Plus tickets include the option to take a guided 500 Years of History Tour of the whole of the Old Royal Naval College, and the chance to see the Victorian Skittle Alley where you can have a go at getting a strike using a practice cannonball.  

Couple looking at map in Grand Square  

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Children (16 and under**)Free with accompanying adultFree with accompanying adult
Students and Jobseekers £8.50£7.50
National Art Pass Holder£6£6
Groups (min 10 pp)£9.50£9.50

Pay for a day and come back free for a year. Tickets are valid for unlimited re-entry up to a year after your purchased ticket is redeemed on your first visit. 

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Pay as you wish Wednesday***

On the first Wednesday of every month, we are offering a ‘Pay as you wish Wednesday’. Visitors can go on a tour with access to the Painted Hall and pay what they want. We are pleased to offer National Lottery players free access to the Painted Hall during Pay as you Wish Wednesday - on presentation of a Lottery ticket. Please note that tickets for these days cannot be booked in advance - just turn up on the day. 

*Languages available include English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese
**Up to 4 children free with a paying adult
***Groups not applicable

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