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Talks and Tours

Delve into the fascinating history of the grounds and buildings

To enjoy the very best from a visit to the Old Royal Naval College, give yourself time to take a tour or listen to a talk from one of our expert guides – included in the price of your ticket.


We run talks throughout the day in the Painted Hall as well as daily tours that are all included in the price of your ticket; simply join a tour on the day.*

Painted Hall talks
Daily |11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm

600 Years of History Tour
Daily | 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Blockbuster Film Tour
Thursday & Sunday | 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Accessible Tours
Selected dates, please check What’s On

We also deliver special seasonal tours throughout the year. Explore our What’s On page to find out more.

*Subject to availability, please ask a member of staff what tours are available on the day.

600 Years of History

Find out more about the history and architecture of the site. The tour covers a period starting from its early years as a Tudor Palace where King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I were born; to its time as the Royal Hospital for Seamen; to the masterpiece you see today built by Sir Christopher Wren.

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Blockbuster Film 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 taken through over sixty years of filming history both outside on the iconic riverside grounds and inside the magnificent Painted Hall and Chapel.

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Painted Hall ceiling by Hugh Fox

Painted Hall Talks

A cast of over 200 fascinating characters is 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, included in your ticket.

Accessible Tours

We run BSL tours regularly throughout the year.

We also run Audio Described tours which are available for blind and partially-sighted visitors. These tours are led by staff and volunteers who have been trained in audio description by Vocaleyes.

Check our events page for dates and more details on upcoming events – you can filter the list to see which events are access enhanced.