This weekend marks the start of the last 100 days of the Painted Hall Ceiling Tours. We are now counting down until the 30th September when the conservation work finishes, the scaffolding is removed, and our acclaimed Ceiling Tours will come to an end.

The next 100 days represents the last chance to get within touching distance of one of the most spectacular Baroque interiors in Europe. These last Painted Hall Ceiling Tours are a genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience, as further conservation work won’t be necessary for 100 years!

The Painted Hall was decorated by Sir James Thornhill, the first artist ever British artist to be knighted. It is the lavish centrepiece of the Old Royal Naval College, founded in 1694 by Mary II and designed by Christopher Wren. The ceiling was painted between 1707 and 1726, and celebrates Britain’s maritime power.

Acrobatic artist Camiel, fresh from his PLOCK! show at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, launches the start of the Last 100 Days of the Painted Hall Ceiling Tours.


It features a cast of hundreds of historical, mythological, allegorical and contemporary, and features successive monarchs William III and Mary II, Anne, and George I. The tours on the observation deck allow visitors the opportunity to get up close to ‘the UK’s Sistine Chapel’, and to see the conservators at work.

After the 30th of September our team will be hard at work putting the finishing touches on the conservation work, before the grand re-opening of the Painted Hall, alongside a new café, shop, and gallery.

Book now, and don’t miss out on this opportunity to get up close to history.