The Painted Hall Tickets

About The Painted Hall

Former Home to the Palace of Placentia and birthplace of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, the story of Greenwich starts here. Glimpse the foundations of this former royal home where new renovations to the grounds allow visitors to see parts of the palace’s foundations.

Tour Sir Christopher Wren’s landmark buildings, designed in 1692 as a home for returning seamen. Explore its magnificent exterior, wander its atmospheric grounds and courtyards, hear the stories of the people who made this place their home, plus discover the exquisite 18th century Chapel of St Peter & St Paul, the famous Water Gates and the Victorian Skittle Alley.

Tickets include a multimedia guide to the Painted Hall and access to the new Sackler Gallery, where you can discover how Thornhill created the Painted Hall and meet many characters including gods and heroes, shown on the ceiling.

Photo credits:

Nikhilesh Haval

Alys Tomlinson

Samuel Whittaker

James Brittain


Important Information

Please exchange your printed out voucher upon arrival at the Painted Hall.

Closed on 24, 25, 26 and 31 December 

Coronavirus: Health & Safety Measures

  • The distance of 2 meters between each visitor must be respected at all times (at the exception of groups and families)
  • Signs have been implemented in order to guide visitors during their visit.
  • Face coverings must be worn in all indoor spaces
  • Dispensers of hydroalcoholic gel have been made available at entry points around the site
  • See the video for more information about the health & safety measures in place


Free to visit and open daily to all, the grounds are a perfect place to relax, stroll, or have a picnic, surrounded by some of the finest buildings in the world. The extensive gardens follow the mid-19th century designs of Phillip Hardwick.


If you have brought your own packed lunch or want to eat food from The Old Brewery, Painted Hall Café or Greenwich Market outdoors, why not sit on the lawn of the Old Royal Naval College and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. All we ask is that you help us to keep our grounds tidy and throw away your litter into the designated bins.

Painted Hall Café 

Enjoy a wide selection of freshly prepared seasonal salads, sandwiches and daily hot and cold specials. Delicious cakes and a selection of specialty teas are available throughout the day, alongside a range of wine and beers. All served in the grandeur of the newly restored and beautifully designed Undercroft, underneath the Painted Hall.


Photography on the site for personal use only is free of charge, though the use of tri-pods, lighting etc. are not allowed. 

Disabled Access

The Old Royal Naval College welcomes visitors with disabilities, their families, friends and carers.

The capacity of the lift from College Way into the main body of the Painted Hall is one wheelchair user and one companion OR four people standing. Lift Specification: weight limit 881lbs/400kg.

Voucher Exchange Information

Please exchange your printed out voucher upon arrival at the Painted Hall.

Child Policy

Children are aged 16 and under are FREE

Old Royal Naval College

Find out more about the venue's location and how to get there.

How do I get there?

King William Walk London SE10 9NN
  • Nearest Bus stop: 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386
  • Parking: Park Row, Cutty Sark Gardens
  • Nearest Night Bus:
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  • Nearest Station: Cutty Sark DLR


  • Disabled toilets
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible