Discover London’s best kept secret, right in the heart of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’, Sir James Thornhill’s magnificent Painted Hall, an epic Baroque masterpiece inside Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic buildings.
Explore the peaceful riverside location and Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic architecture. The stunning buildings and extensive grounds tell 500 years of remarkable history that lists an incredible cast of monarchs and famous British figures, from Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson.
Visit ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’, Sir James Thornhill’s breath-taking Baroque Painted Hall and its neighbour, the glorious Chapel of St Peter and Paul. Escape the crowds and discover 40,000 square feet of awe-inspiring painted walls and ceiling.
The Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, UK
London SE10 9NN
Hear all about the history and architecture of the site, from its early years as a Tudor Palace where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born; to the Royal Hospital for Seamen, the masterpiece you see today built by Sir Christopher Wren, and much, much more. Meet at the Visitor Centre to join a 45-minute tour of our spectacular grounds. The tour leaves at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Painted Hall Talks
A cast of over 200 fascinating characters are assembled on the ceiling and walls of the Painted Hall. Join one of our experts for a 30-minute talk explaining the history and stories behind the painting. Talks run regularly between 11am and 4pm. Gather at the meeting point in the Painted Hall Vestibule to join the next talk
Usual opening hours
The Painted Hall, Chapel and Visitor Centre are open daily, 10am–5pm. The grounds are open daily 8am–11pm.
Please note the Painted Hall will be fully closed on the following dates:
• Monday 7th March 2022 • Tuesday 8th March 2022 • Wednesday 9th March 2022 • Thursday 10th March 2022
The Painted Hall will be closing early on the following dates: • Saturday 19th March 2022 – closing at 3.30pm • Saturday 16th April 2022 – closing at 4pm • Saturday 11th June 2022 – closing at 3.30pm
Closed 24th -26th December
All opening times are subject to change. Please check before visiting.