Plan a visit
We’re in the heart of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage site. Just eight minutes on the train from London Bridge.
How to get here
Annual pass tickets to the Painted Hall cost just £12.50 online and give you unlimited entry for a whole year.
The Painted Hall, Chapel and Visitor Centre are open daily, 10am–5pm.
The grounds are open daily 8am–11pm.
Explore what’s here
Watch our short trailer for a flavour of what’s here for you to explore including our free Visitor Centre, the Painted Hall, the Victorian skittle alley, the Chapel, cafes and shops and stunning riverside grounds. Explore more.
Daily Talks and Tours
We run daily tours and talks which are included in the price of your ticket.
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.
Film and TV Tours
The Old Royal Naval College has provided the setting for some of the most memorable scenes in major film and TV productions. On this tour you will be guided through over 60 years of filming both on our iconic riverside grounds and inside the magnificent Painted Hall and Chapel.
Tours run on weekends only and last one hour, with two time slots of 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Film tours must be booked in advance.
We also run BSL tours throughout the year. Please check back to see when our next one will be.
The Painted Hall, Chapel and Visitor Centre are open daily, 10am–5pm. The site will be fully closed on 24, 25, 26 December. When we are hosting special events, we sometimes need to close areas early. Any early or partial closures will be published on our website below, in advance.
We will be closing the Painted Hall at 4pm on the following dates (unless stated otherwise)
Thursday 21 October (3pm)
Sunday 24 October
Friday 5 November
15-19 November (full closure)
Friday 26 November
Saturday 4 December
Saturday 11 December
Friday 17 December
Our visitors’ safety and enjoyment onsite is our highest priority and for that reason we are maintaining sensible measures to the way we operate tours and interactions during your visit. Public tours will be opened-up to groups of 10 people and we recommend that you wear a face covering on tours and while visiting any of our indoor spaces.
In a continuance of safe practice, no cash payments will be accepted, and hand-sanitising stations will remain around the grounds for you to use. We encourage you to maintain a safe distance and consider the needs of your fellow visitors and our staff.
We recommend that you book online in advance of your visit, not only to ensure we can manage capacity in our indoor spaces, but also to secure your place on one of the Painted Hall talks, grounds or film tours on the day you come.
The wide-open spaces and stunning views at the Old Royal Naval College mean that whether you are inside or out, you and your friends and family will have a great day here.
Filming and Photography
We frequently get asked questions about what our rules are in relation to taking photographs or filming on site. We’ve created a page to answer any questions you might have, but for the avoidance of any doubt, photography/filming on our site is at the discretion of the organisation and we ask that you respect our site and staff. Have a read about our approach to filming and photography.
How to find us
Greenwich is a short journey away from Central London. The nearest station is Cutty Sark DLR and Greenwich Station (rail) is just eight minutes from London Bridge. Or you can travel the scenic way on a boat along the Thames to Greenwich Pier.
We are a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR.
Our Visitor Centre is directly opposite the famous ship and you can wander through the grounds all day, every day.