Royal Albert Hall Tour

The Royal Albert Hall is one of the most famous concert halls on the planet. Take a tour and discover its rich history for yourself.

The London Pass Visit the Royal Albert Hall and explore over 150 years of performance history. Normally £15.00 - Included with London Pass

One of London's most beloved and iconic buildings, the Royal Albert Hall has hosted some of the world’s most famous musicians, sports stars and politicians since it opened in 1871. 

Explore the Royal Albert Hall. A guided tour is included in The London Pass®. 

- Join the enthusiastic and engaging tour guides as they take you on a fascinating journey through this extraordinary Grade I listed building.
- The pass grants you a guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall.

Pass Perk

Show your London Pass to receive a 10% discount in the Royal Albert Hall's Cafe Bar and Verdi Restaurant, both of which are located inside the main daytime entrance.

 


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- History of the Royal Albert Hall

- Royal Albert Hall tour highlights

- Royal Albert Hall facts

- Getting in

- Make the most of your London Pass

- Know before you go

- How to get there



History of the Royal Albert Hall

In 1851 the Great Exhibition, the first World's Fair that showcased culture and industry progress to the general public, was organised by Prince Albert. Off the back of its success, he proposed that permanent facilities like it were opened to the public all across London.

The Royal Commission then bought Gore House, where the Royal Albert Hall now stands. Sadly, Prince Albert died before work on the Hall could be completed. But six years later, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone and work began.

The Royal Albert Hall was designed by Captain Francis Fowke and Major-General Henry Scott of the Royal Engineers, and built by the Lucas Brothers. It was designed similarly to an ancient amphitheatre, crossed with the architecture used to create the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria & Albert, or V & A, Museum).

The Royal Albert Hall officially opened on 29th March 1871. As Queen Victoria was too emotional, given the building was conceived and then dedicated to her late husband, the opening was handled predominantly by her son, Edward, Prince of Wales.

Since its opening, the Hall has gone through a myriad of development and renovation projects. Some to improve the acoustics, others to expand and refurbish the original building.

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Royal Albert Hall tour highlights

  • See the stunning auditorium including one of the world’s most famous stages.

  • Visit the Royal suite and glimpse the Queen’s private box.

  • Discover the fascinating and often surprising history of the Hall.

  • Hear insider stories about the Hall from their knowledgeable and engaging guides.

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Royal Albert Hall facts

  • The first year that the Royal Albert Hall opened, it showed just 36 shows; a far cry from the average 400 annual events it hosts at the present.

  • The gigantic glass dome that covers the Royal Albert Hall spans over 20,000 square feet. Designed by the team who had previously worked on the iron and glass roof St Pancras station, the project was an ambitious one and would make the Royal Albert Hall owner of the largest unsupported glass dome in the world.

  • During the First and Second World Wars, the Royal Albert Hall was used as a landmark for war pilots who had lost their bearings.

  • There’s a message written along the roof of the Royal Albert Hall.
    It reads:

    ‘This Hall was erected for the advancement of the Arts & Sciences and works of industry of all nations in fulfilment of the intention of Albert Prince Consort. The site was purchased with the proceeds of the Great Exhibition of the year MDCCCLI. The first stone of the Hall was laid by Her Majesty Queen Victoria on the twentieth day of May MDCCCLXVII and it was opened by her Majesty the twenty-ninth of March in the year MDCCCLXXI. Thine O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine. The wise and their works are in the hand of God. Glory be to God on high and on Earth peace.’

Want to learn more about the Royal Albert Hall's history? Discover all the fun facts to take with you on your visit here!

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Know before you go

Please check the Royal Albert Hall website for more details about event dates and tickets.
The Royal Albert Hall is a working building and the content and route of the tour may vary.

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Getting in

Present your London Pass at the tours desk for the next available tour. 

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Make the most of your London Pass

- Visit Kensington Palace, another iconic Royal venue located close to the Royal Albert Hall. The Science Museum and V&A are all a short walk away, towards South Kensington station.

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How to get there

Bus
- 9, 10, 52, 70, 360, 452.


Underground
- South Kensington - Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines.
- High Street Kensington - Circle and District Lines
- Knightsbridge - Piccadilly Line.

All of these stations are a ten-minute walk to the Royal Albert Hall. The Hall is located in Zone 1.

Visit the Royal Albert Hall website for more travel information.

 

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"My wife and I have been to London twice before but our adult children were with us this time and we decided to get the London Pass with the transportation option. It was fantastic. We visited many wonderful sites with which we were already familiar, but we also went to many places just because we had the London Pass - the Royal Mews, Wimbledon, Handel's Home, and more. These unexpected visits were so enjoyable!"
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Getting to Royal Albert Hall Tour

Getting to Royal Albert Hall Tour

  • Royal Albert Hall Tour Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
  • Closest Underground Station South Kensington
  • Closest Bus Stop Stops RC & RL: Route 9 23 52 360 452 N9
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Stops Blue Route Stop 28

Opening Times

November to March
Monday 10.00 - 16.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 16.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 16.00
Thursday 10.00 - 16.00
Friday 10.00 - 16.00
Saturday 10.00 - 16.00
Sunday 10.00 - 16.00
April to October
Monday 09.30 - 16.30
Tuesday 09.30 - 16.30
Wednesday 09.30 - 16.30
Thursday 09.30 - 16.30
Friday 09.30 - 16.30
Saturday 09.30 - 16.30
Sunday 09.30 - 16.30

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Please check Closures & Notices for changes to opening hours and closure dates

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