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The Old Royal Naval College Painted Hall

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Explore the elaborately decorated interiors of Painted Hall, which sits within the Old Royal Naval College, designed by Sir Christopher Wren.


  • Explore the famed Painted Hall, dubbed the ‘Sistine Chapel of Britain’.

  • Marvel at the exquisite Baroque interiors and the finest architecture in the country.

  • Learn more about the epic painting scheme with an audio guide commentary available in 7 languages.

  • Hear of Christopher Wren’s famous work and drop-in on talks regarding the Painted Hall.

  • Browse through exhibits and get up close and personal with hands-on treasure chests.

  • Did you know? The hall was once used for dining by the officers of the Royal Naval College.


  • Entry to the Painted Hall

  • Audio guide

  • Explorer map


  • Food and drinks

  • Gratuities

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

With paintings that cover its ceilings, much like the Sistine Chapel, the Painted Hall in Old Royal Naval College is revered for its Baroque interiors and extravagant decorations. A laborious project of nineteen long years executed by British artist Sir James Thornhill, the stunning artwork set against a magnificent backdrop, celebrates and depicts naval endeavors, political changes, cultural achievements, and more. Using techniques such as trompe l’oeil (‘trick the eye’) and chiaroscuro (contrast of light and dark), Thornhill brings these paintings to life. You get to see all this and more during your tour accompanied by an audio guide. Also included in the ticket is an entry to the new Sackler Gallery where you can further explore how the Painted Hall came to be, as well as encounter the gods and heroes who rule the world-famous ceiling.

Important Information

  • Timed entries are a recommendation; your ticket is valid for entrance anytime during standard operating hours.

  • Audio commentary available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, German and Japanese.

  • The Painted Hall will be closing early on 16th December 2023 at 4pm and 17th December 2023 at 3:30pm.


  • Daily: 10am to 4:30pm

Skittle Alley

  • Daily: 12pm to 3pm
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly after the purchase

  • Please display the same along with a valid photo ID at the time of redemption

Ticket Redemption Point

  • Redeem your voucher at The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College

  • Address: King William Walk, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9NN, United Kingdom

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Getting There

  • Bus: 129, 177, 180, 188

  • Train: Southeastern, Thameslink

  • Tube: Jubilee

  • DLR: DLR


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