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Once in a lifetime opportunity

Went to see painted hall and were told it had been closed since 2012 for conservation work but they... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2018
Sydney, Australia
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'Sight'-seeing on steroids!

The Painted Hall is among the very best of London's sights, yet it's one that many will miss... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2018
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Went to see painted hall and were told it had been closed since 2012 for conservation work but they had guided tours After donning fluro vests we were given an excellent introductory talk about the history of the building and the painting before climbing the...More

Thank Rotiman1
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Popped in here after we visited the chapel next door worth a look. £10 to visit the painted hall, we just went to the entrance inside the guide told us about the benefactors which is painted just inside the door look up and around to...More

Thank Clivey57
Reviewed 19 September 2018

The Painted Hall is among the very best of London's sights, yet it's one that many will miss because of all the other impressive places in our capital city. However, hop on a Thames Clipper river bus at Westminster or Embankment Piers and you can...More

Thank KeepSmilingUK
Reviewed 17 September 2018

We took the tour of the conservation work being undertaken to the ceiling in the Painted Hall in September 18 as the work is due to complete this month. It began with an explanation of the painted wall at the end of the hall and...More

Thank Davethetraveller47
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Less than a couple of metres away from London's equivalent of the Sistine Chapel - only until the end of September, book before you go.

Thank Palestinian
Reviewed 3 September 2018

very unusual opportunity to mount the scaffolding and ascend 60-70 steps to view at close quarters this amazing baroque ceiling, painted in the early 19th century by Sir James Thornhill. It has just been restored by expert conservator, is a unique experience and definitely worth...More

Thank Nicola P
Reviewed 3 September 2018

If you are an art lover, or even if not, miss this and you'll regret it for the rest of your life, probably. Caution, this involves an 86 step climb up industrial stairs. You will stand 2 metres below what experts call Britain's Sistine Chapel...More

Thank welshnomad
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

As others have said, time is running out for a once in a lifetime tour of the conservation work in the hall and a really up close and personal look at the amazing art of the ceiling which ends on 30 September. I happened upon...More

Thank Backpackinggranny
Reviewed 2 September 2018

Until the 30th of September, you are able to take a guided tour where you get up close and personal with the ceiling paintings. It is being restored so the scaffolding gives you access to it. The tour is super interesting and I recommend it...More

Thank Beaumont_14
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

It was incredible! Like nothing I ever experienced. You climb a scaffold to the ceiling and you can see the incredible work of art and restoration. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and informative. A must do.

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Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the
very concept of global time was established at Royal
Observatory, just one of several buildings of
architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole
of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park
and a number of related buildings (and one world
famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World
Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a
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Response from John A | Reviewed this property |
Agree, check the website. You need to book and when we went must of the ceiling was only visible from the scaffolding. In a year or so you still be able to see it from the floor.