The last chance to uncover the secrets of Britain’s largest painted ceiling.

Painted between 1707 and 1726, the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College hides many surprises. During a major conservation project, you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast masterpiece up close.

Take a 50 minute, accessible tour via a special observation deck, get within touching distance of the UK's largest painted ceiling, and discover the painting’s mysteries as they are revealed for the first time in half a century.

The conservation work comes to an end in September, making this the last chance to get up close to this extraordinary work of art for over 100 years!

Lift access must be pre-booked, please call 020 8269 4799 to discuss your requirements.

“A ceiling that rivals Michelangelo’s” – Evening Standard

“Once-in-a-lifetime” – Time Out London

“One of the greatest baroque ceilings in Britain” – Sky News

Conservation insight tours: Get even closer!

Every Wednesday, 3:00-4:00pm

Delve deeper into the marvels of the Painted Hall ceiling on this special tour which includes an opportunity to meet one of the conservators and learn more about their work.

Special conservator-led tours

The first Tuesday of every month, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for a very special tour on the Painted Hall ceiling observation deck with a member of our expert conservation team. We will share some of the secrets of conservation and the new discoveries we’re making as the project unfolds.

Access tours

We run regular tours for visitors who are blind, partially-sighted, deaf or hard of hearing. Find our more and book here or call 020 8269 4799.


School groups at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 can experience the Painted Hall ceiling on a free workshop. 

Find out more about our schools Painted Ceiling Experiences.