The Painted Hall Entry

The Painted Hall
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  • Marvel at the exquisite Baroque interiors of the Old Royal Naval College’s Painted Hall.
  • Follow your audio guide to learn all about the painted ceilings and stunning design of Henry VIII’s former birthplace.

Situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Greenwich’s renowned Old Royal Naval College, discover the epic artistic feat of British painter Sir James Thornhill. Following its award-winning renovation, The Painted Hall has been named ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’ for good reason; this 19-years-in-the-making design depicts British history through intricate floor-to-ceiling paintings featuring over 200 figurines.

Use your interactive audio guide to learn all about Thornhill’s masterpiece, the gods and heroes that decorate its walls and the history of The Painted Hall within the Old Royal Naval College, which was formerly known as Greenwich Palace and a favourite of King Henry VIII. Whilst you’re there, discover the Tudor monarchs’ treasure chest and then take a stroll through the impressive riverside grounds.

What to know before you go

  • Tickets include general admission to The Painted Hall but not entrance to other areas of the Old Royal Naval College.
  • A multimedia audio guide is also included with your ticket, available in seven different languages (please bring your own headphones).
  • You can cancel your ticket up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Changes to your ticket cannot be made after purchase.
  • Your ticket is for entry from 10am. Free guided tours start from the Visitor Centre at 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 3pm for groups of up to four people.
  • Children under 17 go free - one per accompanying paying adult.
  • Smartphone tickets are accepted.

Getting there:

  • By public transport, take either the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich and then the 129 or 188 bus, the overground train to Greenwich Station or Maze Hill, or the DLR to Cutty Sark, all of which are a short walk to the ORNC.
  • There is limited parking nearby, but paid car parks can be found in Park Row or Cutty Sark Gardens.

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Family looking up at the ceiling at The Painted Hall.
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