From 11th September - 20th October the Painted Hall will be closed whilst we prepare for the next phase of conservation. Painted Hall Ceiling Tours will resume from 21st October. 


Ascend 60 feet and 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 and discover the painting’s mysteries as they are revealed for the first time in half a century.

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


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.