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London: Old Royal Naval College Visit and Painted Hall Tour

4.7 / 5

39 reviews

London: Old Royal Naval College Visit and Painted Hall Tour

From US$ 18.30 per person

Admire the newly reopened ‘Sistine Chapel’ of the UK, the stunning Painted Hall at London’s Old Royal Naval College. Learn bout this fascinating artwork masterpiece and the rich history of the building that was the birthplace of King Henry the 8th.

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  • Discover one of London’s most beautiful locations as you peruse the stunning recently renovated Painted Hall
  • Visit the Nelson Room or join one of the drop-in-talks about the Painted Hall available throughout the day
  • Get up close and personal with our hands-on treasure chests, filled with exquisite touch objects inspired by the Painted Hall
  • Explore the new Sackler Gallery and discover how Thornhill created the Painted Hall and meet the many characters shown on the ceiling
  • Wander the atmospheric grounds, view Tudor remains or try afternoon tea in our brand-new Painted Hall Café
Full description
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Painted Hall is known as the UK’s very own Sistine Chapel and newly reopened in 2019 following a 2-year restoration project. With your guide, discover Old Royal Naval College that houses the Pained Hall, admire the beauty of its magnificent interiors, wander its atmospheric grounds and courtyards, and hear the stories of the people who made this place their home. Visit the Nelson Room and listen to talks about the fascinating masterpiece, as well as exhibits that allow you to get up close and personal with hands-on treasure chests filled with exquisite objects inspired by the Painted Hall. The tour also includes access to the new Sackler Gallery, where you can learn about the many characters, including gods and heroes, that are painted onto the ceiling. Learn about the Old Royal Naval College and how it was built in 1692 as a home for returning seamen. Discover the stunning 18th century chapel of St Peter and St Paul, the famous Water Gates, and the Victorian Skittle Alley. Glimpse the foundations of royal history as you see parts of the former Palace of Placentia, and the birthplace of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.
  • General admission ticket and explorer map
  • Guided tour
  • Multimedia guide (subject to availability)
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    You can redeem your ticket at our ticket desks in the Visitor Centre or Painted Hall Undercroft. King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9NN, UK.

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    • Comfortable shoes

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    •  Last entry is at 4:30 PM
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    4.7 /5

    based on 39 reviews

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    The audio visual guide is excellent. You can lie back on the seats in the hall so that you can properly study the details of the paintings. If you have booked a 10am tour, don't arrive too early as there is no sign of life until a couple of minutes before that.

    September 12, 2021

    Brilliant experience

    The Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich is an incredible place to visit, with so much to see. The Painted Hall is a must see which left me in awe. The amazing restoration work was so well worth it. We also had a fantastic tour of the whole site with a wonderful guide called Isabel. She was so knowledgeable and very interesting to listen to. We learned so much from her and she exudes such enthusiasm and love for the college and environs. We were also directed to look at the Queen's House which we also thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely a fascinating place to visit and explore.

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    May 14, 2019

    Friendly tour guides with loads of knowledge and history of area around the Old Naval college and the painted Hall. Good experience.

    October 11, 2021

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