Get Up Close To One Of Europe's Most Spectacular Ceilings

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Get Up Close To One Of Europe's Most Spectacular Ceilings

This is a sponsored article on behalf of Old Royal Naval College.

Forget open-top buses — it's time for a London tour with a difference. Check out the mind-blowing Painted Hall Ceiling Tour at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, where you'll get the chance to scale the heights and get up close to one of Europe's most impressive Baroque ceilings.

The spectacular ceiling has been described as London's answer to the Sistine Chapel. The paintings were designed by artist Sir James Thornhill in the 1700s, and make a decent rival to Michaelangelo's famous work.

The ceiling sits above the breathtaking Painted Hall, the lavish centrepiece of the Old Royal Naval College. Rather than just admiring the ceiling's paintings from afar, visitors can now ascend a 60ft observation deck and see them in all their detailed glory for the first time.

It's all part of a major renovation project that's going on at the Old Royal Naval College — over the next two years, conservators will restore 40,000 square feet of paintings.

Unsurprisingly, after years of decay, the artwork is not quite as vibrant as it once was. The conservation work will bring new life and colour to the spectacular ceilings.

Uncover the drama and mysteries of the paintings as you get closer than ever to the lofty masterpieces — the 60 minute tour is a great experience for art lovers, architecture geeks... and those with a head for heights.

Book your tickets in advance and get ready to see London's very own Sistine Chapel like never before.

Last Updated 30 May 2017