Old Royal Naval College: The Painted Hall - Tickets on Sale

Old Royal Naval College: The Painted Hall - Tickets on Sale

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Are you looking for things to do this half term in Greenwich? This famous Greenwich attraction is the perfect rainy day attraction for families this half term in London!

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It's not often you get to visit the birthplace of an English king, let alone world-famous husband Henry VIII, but the stunning walls and ceiling inside the Old Royal Naval College are actually a much bigger draw than Old Coppernose.

The Painted Hall, situated in the heart of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, is a true masterpiece of Baroque artistry and architectural splendour in London. This grand hall, often described as the "Sistine Chapel of the UK" is a monumental adorned with decorative paintings.

Experience one of the best things to do in London at the Painted Hall in Greenwich

Commissioned in the late 17th century as a ceremonial dining hall for retired sailors, the hall's walls and ceiling were transformed by artist Sir James Thornhill. The iconic paintings depict scenes of British naval prowess, allegorical figures, royal figures, and Greek gods.

On your visit to the Painted Hall, you'll marvel at the intricate details and vivid colors of Thornhill's masterpiece. The grandeur and storytelling within the hall's artwork will take you on a captivating journey through British history and culture.

So when you're in Greenwich, be sure not to miss The Painted Hall, one of the best things to do in London for art and history lovers as you admire one of the most impressively decorated halls that you'll ever see! 

King William Walk,
East Greenwich,
SE10 9NN

How to find us

Located right beside the River Thames in Greenwich, London, the Old Royal Navy College is a quick journey from the centre of the city and easy to reach by tube, train, bus, boat or bike. The Visitor Centre is a short walk from the pier or DLR station and directly opposite the famous ship, Cutty Sark.

Cutty Sark Docklands Light Railway is a three minute walk away from the Old Royal Naval College. The DLR connects to a number of other transport options at the following stations:

  • London Underground (Tube): change at Bank to connect to Central, Northern and Waterloo and City lines. You can also change at Bank for Monument station which connects to the District and Circle lines. Canary Wharf connects to the Jubilee line. You can change at Tower Gateway for District and Circle lines from Tower Hill station.
  • Trains: Lewisham, Stratford, Limehouse and Greenwich all connect to different train lines which connect to a number of railway lines connecting London with the surrounding areas.

By tube: 

Take the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf and change to the Docklands Light Railway. You can also take the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich (the O2) and then take either bus 188 or 129 which stop outside the Old Royal Naval College on Romney Road.

By train: 

Greenwich Station is only eight minutes by train from London Bridge. Old Royal Naval College is also a short walk from Maze Hill train station.

Mainline rail services run from Cannon Street, London Bridge and Dartford to Greenwich (South Eastern) and twice an hour (once an hour at weekends) from Luton, West Hampstead, Kings Cross St Pancras, Farringdon, Blackfriars and stations from Rainham, Kent (Thameslink).

You can also take the DLR from Greenwich Station for one stop to Cutty Sark DLR.

By bus: 

  • 129 North Greenwich (O2) – Greenwich
  • 177 Peckham – New Cross – Deptford Bridge – Greenwich – Woolwich – Thamesmead
  • 180 Lewisham – Greenwich – Woolwich – Plumstead – Abbey Wood – Thamesmead
  • 188 Russell Square – Aldwych – Waterloo – Elephant and Castle – Surrey Quays – Greenwich
  • 199 Canada Water – Greenwich – Lewisham – Catford
  • 286 Sidcup – Eltham – Kidbrooke – Greenwich
  • 386 Woolwich – Shooters Hill – Greenwich (Monday to Saturday)

By boat: 

Arrive in style by taking a riverboat service along the Thames to Greenwich Pier. Boats leave regularly from Putney, the London Eye, Westminster, Embankment and Tower Piers. Journey time is approximately 45 minutes from Central London. Boats also run between Greenwich Pier and the O2 at North Greenwich Pier.

By foot: 

The Old Royal Naval College is a short walk from Greenwich and Maze Hill train stations and Greenwich and Cutty Sark DLR stations.

The Tourist Information Desk located in the Visitor Centre has maps highlighting some of the best walks around the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

By bike:

A dedicated cycle path through the Old Royal Naval College runs right along the riverside. The cycle path runs from the Lewin Gate at Cutty Sark Gardens to the Trafalgar Gate at Park Row. There are cycle racks outside the Visitor Centre and The Old Brewery.

By car: 

Please note that there is limited parking in Greenwich, particularly at weekends, so please use public transport if possible. Paid car parking is available in Park Row (SE10 9NL) and Cutty Sark Gardens.

4th January 2024 - 24th December 2024

Open Daily
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Undercroft Café
  • The Old Brewery pub

No dogs or other pets are allowed at the Painted Hall, with the exception of guide dogs. 

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