The Painted Hall Tickets
About The Painted Hall
The story of Greenwich starts here with 600 years of history.
Visit this magnificent 17-acre riverside estate in the heart of the Greenwich Maritime UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tickets include access to the breath-taking Painted Hall, which took 19 years to Paint, known and the UK’s Sistine Chapel.
The expert-led, award-winning site tour is included in your visit and departs from the Visitor Centre hourly throughout the day. This includes the Visitor Centre, the grounds and the stunning Chapel of St Peter and St Paul. The tour tells the story of the estate’s 600 years of history: from a manor house in 1420’s, rebuilt as Greenwich Palace for Henry VII and the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I; to the commissioning of Sir Christopher Wren in 1694 by Royal warrant for the design of a Royal Hospital for Seamen; then in 1873 becoming the Royal Naval College.
Take time to try your hand at one of the oldest Victorian Skittle Alleys in existence (usually open from 12-3) which was built to entertain the Seamen.
COALESCENCE – ART INSTALLATION FROM 9th DEC – 4TH FEB. Coalescence is the new thought-provoking sculptural art installation from the internationally acclaimed designed Paul Cocksedge, which invites the visitors to reflect on the environment, energy, power, time and history.
The six-metre ‘chandelier’ artwork is made over 2,500 pieces of coal with a combined weight of over half a tonne – the amount of coal consumed by a single 200W light bulb in a year. It is seamlessly lit, and will float in the Painted Hall creating a captivating sparkle and shadow play that draws on the lustrous quality of the anthracite, a form of high-carbon coal.
Opening Times & Itinerary
Entry to The Painted Hall. Open daily from 10am - 4.43pm last admission (Subject to change)
18 Nov 2023 – close at 3.30pm 2 Dec 2023 – close at 3.30pm
Public guided tours of the site running regularly throughout the day which include the Chapel and Visitor Centre (last tour leaves at 3pm)
Entry to the Victorian Skittle Alley (open from 12-3pm subject to availability)
Please exchange your confirmation/e-ticket upon arrival
Redemption Point: King William Walk, London SE10 9NN
Good to Know: Grounds Free to visit and open daily to all, the grounds are a perfect place to relax, stroll, or have a picnic, surrounded by some of the finest buildings in the world. The extensive gardens follow the mid-19th century designs of Phillip Hardwick.
Picnics If you have brought your own packed lunch or want to eat food from The Old Brewery, Painted Hall Café or Greenwich Market outdoors, why not sit on the lawn of the Old Royal Naval College and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. All we ask is that you help us to keep our grounds tidy and throw away your litter into the designated bins.
Photography Photography on the site for personal use only is free of charge, though the use of tri-pods, lighting etc. are not allowed. The Old Royal Naval College welcomes visitors with disabilities, their families, friends and carers.
Disabled Access The Old Royal Naval College welcomes visitors with disabilities, their families, friends and carers.
The capacity of the lift from College Way into the main body of the Painted Hall is one wheelchair user and one companion OR four people standing. Lift Specification: weight limit 881lbs/400kg.
A typical visit lasts 90-120 minutes but guests are welcome to stay as long as they would like.
Children 16 and under go free