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Opening hours

The building is open daily from 7.30am until 11pm. Tours operate on most days from 10am until 4pm (last tour commences at 4pm) from November until March and from 9.30am until 4.30pm (last tour commences at 4.30pm) from April until October. Tours begin every 30 minutes from the Café Bar located at door 12.

On days that there are events in the auditorium there are no tours available, you can check the website for availability. https://www.royalalberthall.com

Directions

Underground- South Kensington and High Street Kensington are about 10-15 minutes walking time from the Royal Albert Hall.

Train- Victoria and Paddington are the closest railway stations. They are both about a 30 minute walk although there are bus or underground connections to the underground stations listed above.

Bus- routes 9, N9, 23, 52, N52, 452 and 702 all stop at Kensington Gore.  Number 70 stops at Queen’s Gate and 360 stops on Prince Consort Road.

Bicycle- there is cycle racks located on the south side of the building or if you prefer there are docking stations for Santander Cycles on Kensington Gore close to the Royal College of Art.

FAQ

Where can I get tickets from?
If you are going to a performance it is advisable to buy your tickets in advance as they usually sell out in advance. You can also buy tour tickets in advance online or at the door on the day of your visit subject to there being spaces available on that day. The address for tickets is https://tickets.royalalberthall.com/production/
Can I take food and drink into the venue?
Officially no, although some bags are checked as a security measure food and drink does get taken inside if you are discreet.
Can I take photographs during the tour?
You are welcome to take photographs during the course of your tour. There are a few areas where pictures are not permitted and your guide will instruct you not to take photos when in the proximity of those areas.
Do I need a ticket to visit the food areas?
No, there are several food outlets that are open to non- ticket holders. The Verdi-Italian Kitchen is open every day except Monday from 12 noon and the Café Bar is also open all day.
How long has the Royal Albert Hall been opened?
The Royal Albert Hall first opened in 1871 and around 1.7 million people attend live performances at the venue every year with millions more watching live broadcasts, recordings and media channels. Since the concert hall opened it has hosted the world’s leading figures in the world of music, sport and politics.
What is there to see at the Royal Albert Hall?
In addition to tours and live music there are also free exhibitions and the state of the art small performance space in the Elgar Room.
What is the Education and Outreach programme?
The Education and Outreach programme is part of the public benefit work conducted to create memories, change lives and provide inspiration for all regardless of their age through music. It has connections through charities and charity events, regardless of their size that includes performances at locations such as day centres and hospices. The work of this organization includes free music and exhibitions through a sponsorship programme that hopes to make music accessible to all.

Must Know

Discounts
If you show your tour ticket at the Café Bar or at the Verdi- Italian Restaurant you can receive a 10% discount on the same day as your tour of the Royal Albert Hall.
Royal Albert Hall Tour
On this tour you can take a look at the areas of the Royal Albert Hall that are usually reserved for royalty. You can also view the auditorium as well as the star studded history of some of the iconic performers that have given performances in the past. These tours are available most days of the year except when the auditorium is being prepared for a performance.
Behind the Scenes Tour
A behind the scenes tour enables you to take a trip behind the curtain to see the areas of the Grade 1 listed building that are not generally open to members of the public. These tours however are only available during the months of January and February.
Group Tours
Group tours are available to groups of people numbering 15+. The group organiser is treated to a welcome drink in addition to gaining free entry.
Special Interest Tours
These limited edition tours are only available on certain dates and it is advisable to book in advance. The Inside Out Architectural Tour takes you on a fascinating journey that follows the contours of the building where you can discover the history and architecture of this Victorian building. The Classical Tour takes you on a nostalgic journey through the classical music that has been performed at the Royal Albert Hall. In particular the music that has featured or is associated with the BBC Promenade concerts, often called The Proms.
Is the Royal Albert Hall easily accessible for people with a disability?
The venue is fully accessible even down to booking the best seats available especially for people with disabilities. There are deals such as two tickets for the price of one for a companion to assist when necessary. Other services include guides in alternative formats, facilities for assisted hearing and publications in Braille. There are wheelchair accessible toilets on each level and every level is accessible by lift at doors 1 and 8.

Places Nearby

The Victoria and Albert Museum
Located on Cromwell Road in South Kensington, London, the V&A as it is affectionately known is often considered to be the world’s finest museum of art and design. The collections housed here are unrivalled in their diversity. In the museum you can explore historical as well as contemporary art and design. The collections on display include works of art from some of the richest cultures in the world. Admission is free and the suggested time for a visit is 2-3 hours.
Santander Cycles
Santander Cycles is the bike-sharing scheme in London. It is ideal for short journeys, the self-service scheme costs from just £2. You just go to any docking station, they are located all across the capital, unlock the bike using your bank card and away you go. There is no requirement to book a bike in advance, you just return the bike to a docking station and you will not be charged for any longer than you use the bike for.
Knightsbridge
This area of London is where shopaholics the world over flock to when visiting London. Along Brompton Road you will find Harrods with its dress code before you are allowed to enter the shop. Together with Belgravia this area of London is home to several millionaires, often living behind the highest levels of security in their mansions or private mews. Behind the exterior of luxury you will also find some cosy pubs, indie retailers or just go window shopping. Other highlights include Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.