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“Painted ceiling tour”

Old Royal Naval College
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US$ 137.01*
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Greenwich Highlights Half Day Walking Tour in...
Ranked #49 of 1,815 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is Sir Christopher Wren's riverside masterpiece and one of London's most popular attractions. The iconic buildings stand on the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII's favourite royal residence, and were originally designed as a refuge for old and injured sailors. The buildings and grounds are open daily and include the Painted Hall, Chapel and Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre. Admission is free.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a few more months, you have the opportunity to go up on the scaffolding and stand right below the painted ceiling. The painting is stunning, the guide talks you through the different characters and their significance and you're so close to it you can almost touch it (but definitely shouldn't). Make sure to bring your phone/camera as you can take pictures while you visit - and you'll want to. The tour lasts about an hour and costs around £10, do book ahead, especially if you're going at the weekend. It is a bit of a climb to get up on the scaffolding but it is very safe and you forget how high you are once you're standing on the platform and staring upwards. You may also be able to observe the conservationists working on the painting as you walk through, which adds a bit of spice to the visit.

Genuinely a fantastic experience, I wholeheartedly recommend it!

Thank AlcieJ
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit to this great hall which is steeped in naval history. The guides were excellent and very knowledgeable. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I would encourage everyone to visit.

Thank ruthiec64
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tour the restoration of the Painted Hall. Expected to complete in September 2018 the cost (£10) goes to support the work and volunteers show you detail you would never see from the ground. Once work is complete the newly restored and very clean artwork will be on 360 degree show from January 2019 for free (donations welcome!) - whichever way you view it - it's worth taking a look and trying to remember which movies you have seen it in before....

Thank JoMarie357
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you get the chance, do go th this once in a lifetime tour of the painted ceiling whilst its being restored, you wont be dissapointed

Thank Trudy S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely superb. The guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the Painted Hall and the restoration project. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the ceiling up close and I will be recommending it to everyone I know.

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