The Old Royal Naval College - home to the Painted Hall | La Vacanza Travel

The Old Royal Naval College - home to the Painted Hall

Duration: 90 to 120 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, United Kingdom, London

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  • 90 to 120 minutes
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


The story of Greenwich starts here with 600 years of history.
Take an award winning tour of this magnificent 17-acre riverside estate - part of the Greenwich UNESCO world heritage site. Marvel at Sir Christopher Wren’s spectacular architecture, learn of the fascinating 600-year story of this site, including being the birthplace of Henry VIII and visit the breath-taking Painted Hall (known as the UK's Sistine chapel), which took 19 years to Paint. This is one of the most popular filming locations in the world including The Crown, Les Miserables, Thor: The Dark World, Cruella, Bridgerton and many more – book a film tour to find out what goes on behind the scenes and some trade secrets.

Tickets include guided tour which leaves the visitor centre hourly from 11am - 3pm. Painted Hall entry*, entry to the Visitor Centre, Chapel and the Skittle Alley (usually open from 12-3pm) where you can try your hand at Victorian bowling.

*Multimedia guides (7 languages)and guided tours every 30mins

Visit: Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London SE10 9NN England

Take a tour of this magnificent 17 acre riverside estate & learn of the fascinating 600 year story of this site, formerly Greenwich Palace - the birthplace of Henry VIII. Home to the breath-taking Painted Hall (known as the UK's Sistine Chapel), which took 19 years to Paint.

The award winning site tour is included in your visit. It departs from the Visitor Centre hourly throughout the day with expert guides. As the tour progresses, popular film locations will be pointed out, or take the Blockbuster Film tour to get some behind the scenes insights as to why this is one of the the most used film location in the world. Over 100 films in nearly 100 years including: The Crown, Les Miserables, Thor: The Dark World, Cruella, Bridgerton and many more.

  • Multi lingual Audio guide of Painted Hall included. (in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, German and Japanese). Guided Painted Hall talks run every 30 minutes from 11 -4pm
  • Guided Tours of the Estate leave the Visitor Centre every hour from 11am - 3pm
  • Entry to the Visitor Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Old Royal Naval College

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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    You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


    90 to 120 minutes

    User's Reviews


    24 Feb, 2024

    We did a tour of the painted hall with Jim, who was excellent. Very engaging and informative. As we were the last tour of the day, he gave us an extra 30 mins of his own time to show us around the surrounding parts of the college. Very worthwhile and he had some great stories that really brought to life the history and understanding of the paintings and artwork. An amazing place, well worth a visit.


    14 Feb, 2024

    Had a fantastic tour of the Painted Hall with tour guide Antonio that was included in the cost of the ticket. Antonio was very knowledgeable about the artwork and the history and made it a very interesting and engaging commentary. We met him again in the Chapel and he was equally friendly and generous with sharing his knowledge. We would definitely recommend this tour.


    04 Feb, 2024

    Amazing experience! Had an excellent time during the tour. We happen to join Jim’s last tour of the day, it was very educational. Would highly recommend doing the tour. Thank you Jim!


    28 Jan, 2024

    An amazing visit. I had booked to go and see one of the exhibitions but that also gave us access to all the buildings. The painted hall is beautiful and we were lucky enough to join a tour given by Jim of the hall. He then offered to take us on a tour around the other buildings too (as an extra to his day). He was so knowledgable and approachable to ask questions about the history. If you can get on one of his tours definitely do it. Well worth a visit.


    28 Jan, 2024

    Had an excellent time during the tour. It was engaging inclusive and very educational. We happen to join Jim’s last tour of the day at 3:30 and then without planning also joined his second tour of the 600 year history. It was a pleasure, would highly recommend.

    User's Picture Gallery


    Antonio’s super tour of the Painted Hall


    A fabulous place to visit.


    Jim The Great


    Great guided tour




    Will be going back gain, that is for certain


    Great family day out steeped in history


    A real gem!


    A hidden gem, well worth the visit.


    Well worth this visit!


    Impressive, but too expensive


    Quite a spectacle in the Old Royal Naval College


    Great tour of UNESCO world heritage site


    Not to be missed! It’s a movable feast for the eyes.


    Museum of the Moon and The Skittle Alley


    A awe inspiring experience


    Don’t miss this beautiful place. Well worth the visit.


    Amazing time at The Old Royal Naval College - fantastic tour


    A walk back through history


    Highly recommend


    Fabulous visit


    Great information on the...


    Great Tour with Guide Nika


    Alot of history


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