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Painted Hall Ceiling Tours

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Painted Hall Ceiling Tours

Book now for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast masterpiece up close.

There are a few things to know before you buy:

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Book now for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the drama of this vast masterpiece up close.

There are a few things to know before you buy:

Terms and conditions

Things to know before you buy

  • The Painted Hall Ceiling Tours are part of our ambitious project to conserve the ceiling and wall paintings, as such they take place on a working site. You should be aware of the following requirements for health and safety before booking:
  • All visitors must arrive 15 minutes before the time shown on their ticket.  Latecomers will not be admitted and tickets cannot be refunded.  
  • All visitors must attend the briefing at the beginning of the tour which will include details on what to do in an emergency situation.  
  • Stiletto shoes will not be permitted. We strongly advise that you wear closed-toe, closed back shoes with a heel of no more than 2 inches high.
  • Visitors must be fit enough to ascend and descend 70 steps.
  • Visitors who have heart or circulation problems, respiratory disease, epilepsy, or are pregnant are advised to carefully consider their condition before they purchase a ticket.  Refunds on the day are not permitted.    
  • Children under the age of 6 will not be permitted.  All children must be able to ascend and descend the staircase on their own.  Pushchairs and buggies are not permitted.  
  • Visitors will be required to wear high visibility jackets and hard hats for the duration of the tour. 
  • There will be access for wheelchair users. Please contact 020 8269 4799. We cannot guarantee access if you do not phone in advance.

Your commitment to us
When you confirm your purchase, you are accepting that these terms and conditions form the basis of any contract between Old Royal Naval College and yourself.

Prices are inclusive of any applicable taxes and there are no surcharges whatsoever. Once you have paid, we will not increase the price of your tickets.
Prices displayed on the site are subject to change without notice.

All tickets are non-refundable but please let us know 48 hours before your tour if you will not be able to attend your original time and we will be happy to book you on the next available tour that is convenient for you to attend. 

Personal health and safety
Purchase of a ticket indicates that you have read and understood the health and safety instructions for access to the observation deck and associated age and height restrictions. You must feel confident that you can ascend and descend the 67 steps to the observation deck and you should contact us if you would like to discuss the accessibility of the observation deck. Further details can be found by reading through our FAQs

Online Booking
Once purchased, tickets may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. No ticket may be resold.
Any discounts or offers on-line are available for limited quantities and periods only and shall not be available on bookings made by phone or in person.
Please bring along your booking reference number and/or email print out.
Prices are correct at time of going to press and are subject to change without notification.


Bag searches
The safety of ORNC visitors, volunteers, staff, collections and buildings is of paramount importance. We may operate bag searches during your visit. These will always be carried out by trained personnel and will always be conducted in your presence and with your consent. Refusal may result in refused entry. The purpose of this search is to ensure that nothing that could be harmful, noxious, dangerous or deleterious to people, collections or buildings is brought into the ORNC.

The methodology to be applied to bag searches will ensure that:

  • the search is consensual
  • the visitor is fully aware of the situation
  • the search is appropriate and thorough
  • staff are protected against allegations of wrongdoing
  • the search is lawful