Coach groups are invited to visit Britain’s ‘Sistine Chapel’ at the Old Royal Naval College, the centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and with more than 500 years of history, the Old Royal Naval College, in a spectacular riverside location, boasts some of the most beautiful architecture and grounds in the world.

Originally the site of Greenwich Palace, home to Henry VIII and birthplace to Elizabeth I, the baroque buildings standing today were commissioned by Mary II as the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Later it became home to the Royal Naval College, training thousands of naval officers, and is now open to the public as the Old Royal Naval College.

The Painted Hall, housed in one of the ground’s striking domed buildings, is an 18th century masterpiece of baroque art, dubbed as the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of the UK. Covering 4,000 sq metres of decorated surfaces, it celebrates Britain’s political stability, commercial prosperity and naval power, alongside a cast of more than 100 characters.

Recently re-opened following a major conservation project, with a new enhanced visitor experience, the Painted Hall is is ideal for coach group tours. Tickets include use of a multimedia guide (available in seven languages), talks and tours throughout the day and hands-on exhibits.

Open throughout the year (except 24-26 December), preferential trade rates and access are available for pre-booked groups of 10 or more people. The new café, situated in the elegant Undercroft beneath the Painted Hall, offers a range of catering options. Private guided tours for groups are also available and a coach drop-off point is a seven-minute walk away with coach parking nearby.

To book, please contact the Box Office on 020 8269 4799 or email to discuss your requirements.