About this Attraction

The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich is known as the UK’s own Sistine Chapel and it is one of the most spectacular and important baroque interiors in Europe. Its ceiling and wall decorations were conceived and executed by the British artist Sir James Thornhill between 1707 and 1726 at the pivotal moment when the United Kingdom was created and became a dominant power in Europe

The accessions to the throne of William III and Mary II in 1688 and George I in 1714 form the central narrative of a scheme which also triumphalises Britain’s maritime and trading successes. The artist drew on a cast of around 200 figures to tell a story of political change, scientific and cultural achievements, naval endeavours, and commercial enterprise against a series of magnificent backdrops. The characters he included are allegorical, mythological, historical and contemporary.


NOTE: All groups of 10+ or more MUST be pre-booked 21 days prior to their visit date

Opening Times:
Daily: 10.00 -17.00 hrs

Complete site closures scheduled: 24-26/12 + 31/12

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Plan a visit

Last Updated: 13.11.2020

How to find this Attraction

Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9NN


CHILD POLICY: ​Children under 16 years old enter FREE. Please note that children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or more.

FIT – Cancellations with less than 24 HOURS notice will be charged at full (100%) rate
Groups – Cancellations made 10 days before the visit are free of charge.