500 Years of History Tour & Painted Hall

Discover the UK’s Sistine Chapel: the Painted Hall at Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College, an epic 18th-century masterpiece now reopen following an £8.5-million makeover. 

Tickets allow unlimited re-entry for a year and includes a new multimedia guide for use in the Painted Hall, live talks and tours throughout the day, hands-on exhibits and free kids activities. 

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Ticket Walk up Online
Adult £12 £11
Children (16 and under*) Free with accompanying adult Free with accompanying adult
Concessions (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. 

What to expect:

Former home to the Palace of Placentia and birthplace of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, the story of Greenwich starts here. Glimpse the foundations of this former royal home where new renovations to the grounds allow visitors to see parts of the palace’s foundations.

Tour Sir Christopher Wren’s landmark buildings, designed in 1692 as a home for returning seamen. Explore its magnificent exterior, wander its atmospheric grounds and courtyards, hear the stories of the people who made this place their home, plus discover the exquisite 18th-century Chapel of St Peter and St Paul, the famous Water Gates and the Victorian Skittle Alley.

Ticket entry also includes entry to the magnificent Painted Hall, where visitors can uncover the Painted Hall’s amazing story with our new interactive guides. All tickets include a multimedia guide to the Painted Hall and access to the new Sackler Gallery, where you can discover how Thornhill created the Painted Hall and meet the many characters, including gods and heroes, shown on the ceiling.

Alongside accessible exhibits exploring the Painted Hall’s creation, you can get up close and personal with our hands-on treasure chests, filled with exquisite touch objects inspired by the Painted Hall. Try on King William’s crown and cloak, dare yourself to stare into Medusa’s face on Athena’s shield, or hold up King Louis XIV’s broken sword.

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 current Lottery ticket or scratchcard.

*Groups not applicable

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Make the most of your visit 

EATING AND DRINKING 

Painted Hall Café 

Enjoy a wide range of freshly prepared seasonal salads, sandwiches and daily hot and cold specials. Delicious cakes and selection of speciality teas are available throughout the day, alongside a range of wines and beers. All served in the grandeur of the newly restored and beautifully designed Undercroft, beneath the Painted Hall.  

The Old Brewery

A unique and historic pub serving fresh, seasonal, British food sourced from around the South East of England, and a fantastic range of London-brewed craft beers and London-distilled spirits. The Old Brewery regularly hosts events and tastings. 

Seasonal Pop-ups 

Look out for our seasonal coffee, snacks and ice-cream pop-ups across our grounds. Sit, relax and enjoy your coffee alfresco. 

Picnics

If you have brought your own packed lunch or want to eat food from The Old Brewery, Painted Hall Café or Greenwich Market outdoors, why not sit on the lawns of the Old Royal Naval College and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. All we ask is that you help us to keep our grounds tidy and throw away your litter in one of the designated bins. 

SHOPPING  

Visitor Centre 

Everything from guidebooks and souvenirs to toys for the kids. Forgotten your umbrella, need a sunhat or simply a bottle of water - come and visit our shop in the Visitor Centre. 

Painted Hall 

For beautiful gifts, a curated range of homewares and accessories and a full range of informative and historic books, our shop in the Painted Hall has it all.   

GOOD TO KNOW 

Grounds

Free to visit and open daily to all, the grounds are a perfect place to relax, stroll, or have a picnic, surrounded by some of the finest buildings in the world. The extensive gardens follow the mid 19th century designs of Philip Hardwick.

Dogs

We love dogs, and strongly encourage your four legged friends to visit our grounds (but please do keep your dogs on a lead). Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the Old Royal Naval College, including the Visitor Centre, Painted Hall and Chapel.

If you have any photos of your dogs at Old Royal Naval College we’d love to see them! If you upload your images using the hashtag #DogsofGreenwich we’ll be sure to spot them.

Photography

Photography on the site for personal use only is free of charge, though the use of tri-pods, lighting etc. are not allowed. For commercial or wedding photography, see our filming and photography page.


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