Painted Hall ceiling tour

Ascend 60 feet and uncover the secrets of Britain’s largest painted ceiling. Painted between 1707 and 1726, the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College hides many surprises. Currently undergoing a major conservation project, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast baroque masterpiece up close.

Take an hour long ceiling tour via a special observation deck and discover the painting’s mysteries as they are revealed for the first time in half a century.

The tour is delivered by an expert tour guide who has been trained in audio-description by Vocaleyes. It will be followed by a handling session with tactile objects in the Clore Learning Centre, where visitors will be able to explore the past and present life of the Painted Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

Part of Open House London

This tour is free but spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. Book online or call the box office on 020 8269 4799.

Please meet at the welcome desk in the Painted Hall at 10.45. The closest station is Cutty Sark DLR. If you would like to be met at the station please contact: [email protected], 020 8269 4799. 

Click here for a map and information on how to get to the site. 

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

Lift access is available but must be pre-booked.

If you require any other support please contact us: [email protected], 020 8269 4799.

Image caption: participants enjoying a sample panel of the Painted Hall ceiling with its multiple layers, including the painted surface and the plaster underneath.

Booking contact number 020 8269 4799 Booking contact email [email protected]