This bank holiday is the perfect time for a trip to leafy Greenwich. Here's our top 5 things to do at the Old Royal Naval College!

1. Take a Painted Hall Ceiling Tour

The observation deck of the Painted Hall. Visit it on a ceiling tour this Easter!The observation deck of the Painted Hall. Explore this extraordinary space on a ceiling tour

Ascend 60 feet and see the largest painted ceiling in Britain from just feet away. As part of a landmark conservation project, a huge observation deck has been built in the Painted Hall, allowing conservators to get up close to the paintings of Sir James Thornhill. Now, the public can get up there too, with a 60 minute Painted Hall Ceiling Tour of this breathtaking space exploring its characters, stories and the techniques used to paint it.

Ceiling tours are great for families too - a different experience with plenty of amazing characters to discover on the ceiling. The observation deck is open to children over the age of 6.

2. The Old Brewery

The Old Brewery, reopened for Easter
The walled garden of the Old Brewery, reopened for the Easter holidays

After a period of refurbishment, the Old Brewery is open for business - now better than ever! Enjoy the warm weather on the new outside seating under the collonades, with great views of the Old Royal Naval College lawns and the Thames, as well as a wide variety of drinks and food.

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3. Hear evensong in the beautiful Chapel

The Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College

Dazzling Neoclassical architecture in the Old Royal Naval College Chapel

Free to visit, the stunning Chapel is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in the UK. Benjamin West's huge altarpiece depicting St Paul's miracle at Malta and a grand Samuel Green organ are among the highlights.

Every Monday at 17:30 the Chapel choir perform choral evensong in the Chapel. If you haven't been able to get to Greenwich in time in the past, this bank holiday's your chance to hear this distinguished choir.

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4. Free attractions

The Grand Square at the Old Royal Naval College. See it this Easter!

The Grand Square at the Old Royal Naval College. See it this Easter!

Feeling out of pocket? Never fear - there's plenty to do at the Old Royal Naval College this week without even touching your wallet! The Visitor Centre and the Chapel (not to mention the beautiful grounds and lawns) are free to visit - with a whole day's worth of things to see. Visitors can discover the history of the site on a free guided walk, running from the Visitor Centre throughout the week.

5. See the rest Greenwich has to offer

Still not satisfied? Greenwich is one of London's hotspots for things to do - see our favourite picks on our top 10 things to do in Greenwich post.

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Painted Hall Ceiling Tours

Ascend 60 feet and uncover the secrets of London’s largest painted ceiling.

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