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Tours and Talks

Enjoy a talk, join a debate, take yourself on a tour,  or book into one of the guided tours in South Kensington.

Albert Memorial

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Kensington Gardens
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Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's most ornate ornaments. Unveiled in 1872, The Albert Memorial commemorates the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 42. Public tours are available.

Tour of the Great Exhibition

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The Royal Parks
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Navigate through a virtual Crystal Palace and experience Prince Albert's great achievement and see what captured the hearts of the Victorian world.

Discovering Britain: Albertopolis Walk

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Take a self-guided tour and explore how London’s quarter for the arts and sciences was created. Discover more about it's great institutions and magnificent buildings.

Royal Albert Hall Tours

Most days of the year
Royal Albert Hall
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Take a peek inside London's most iconic music venue. Did you know that the Royal Albert Hall once hosted a séance; flooded the auditorium with 56,000 litres of water for an opera concert; and that criminals, as well as musicians and politicians, have graced the Hall’s stage?

V&A free tours & talks

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A South Kensington
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Get closer to the Museum and its incredible collections with our wide range of free or paid-for bespoke tours.

Princess Diana Memorial walk

Daily
Hyde Park
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The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk takes visitors through four of the most beautiful parks in the world, including Hyde Park and Kensington Palace.

Dinosaur Trail

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Are you big on museums, but short on time? NHM's knowledgeable visitor assistants have designed just the dinosaurs tour for you. It will introduce you to some of the Museum's most famous and imposing specimens. One hour

Explorer Trail at the Design Museum

Daily
Design Museum
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The trail will include creative looking, thinking and drawing activities as you explore the museum and exhibitions. The trail asks the user to consider what it's like to be a designer, maker and user of some of the wonderful objects in the collection. Takes 30 - 40 minutes.

The Great Exhibition Augmented Reality Experience

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Hyde Park
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Visit Hyde Park, where the 1851 Great Exhibition was held. Download the free app to see a true-to-size recreation of the Crystal Palace. Explore the site, admire the building's scale and details, and learn about its fascinating history.

Family Trails at the Science Museum

Science Museum
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Go on a journey of discovery and exploration around the Science Museum.

Giants of Today Trail

Natural History Museum
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From hefty herbivores to jungle jumbos, discover who's topping the charts when it comes to being the biggest, the tallest and the heaviest of them all. Follow the trail to meet some of world's biggest animals and to find out all about the highs and lows that come with being so big.

Seeing Things Queerly

10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Follow this self-led trail to discover some of the objects on display at the Science Museum that tell stories of queer communities, experiences, and identities.

Imperial Events online

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Imperial College London
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You can join Imperial from wherever you are in the world with their online content and events!

The Queen's State Apartments

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Kensington Palace
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William III and Mary II were crowned as joint monarchs in 1689, after they were invited by Parliament to take the throne in the place of Catholic King James II, Mary’s father. They bought Kensington Palace to become their new home, away from the bustle of Whitehall Palace, and transformed the building into a royal home.

Hyde Park Self Guided Walks

All Year Round
Hyde Park
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Discover the magic of Hyde Park and head on a self-guided walk. All of the activities are guaranteed to get you walking and discovering interesting things about the history, wildlife and horticulture around you.

PEOPLE, PRIDE AND PROGRESS: THE STORY OF LGBTQ+ RAILWAY WORKERS

22nd May
7.30pm - 8.45pm
Science Museum
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This discussion brings together rail historians and railway workers to tell the stories of LGBTQ+ rail workers, marking an exciting new oral history project launched by the National Railway Museum.

National Art Library and Archive talks: each Monday from 15 January

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V&A South Kensington
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The V&A will be holding free, open sessions every Monday (except bank holidays) in the National Art Library. A member of the Library or Archives staff will introduce the history and purpose of the Library and talk about an item from their collections.

Meet an Employee- Schools

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time
Various Times
Science Museum
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An interactive workshop where students meet a technician from a partner organisation and experience what it’s like to do their job through hands-on activities or Q&A sessions. For KS3 and KS4.

Career insight: Exploring careers in Visual Storytelling

25th May
2pm - 3pm
V&A South Kensington
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This event will bring together film makers and animators to discuss the role of visual storytelling in their work. From the creative process behind storyboarding and producing films to practical guidance on how to build a career in animation and film making.

Hidden Stories of Kensington Gardens Walking Tour

24th May
11am - 12.30pm
Kensington Gardens
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Join a walking tour of the beautiful Kensington Gardens. Discover hidden stories behind its famous statues, including the beloved Peter Pan, and a statue thrown out of Trafalgar Square. Go behind the railings of the Albert Memorial and get a close-up view of the stunning Frieze of Parnassus.

Family Flight Night

31st May
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Fly the nest and bring your flock along for an evening of fun as the Natural History Museum celebrate their new exhibition Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre with a night all about flight.

Discover South Kensington's Nature

15th - 16th June
Various Times
Discover South Kensington
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Part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival: Join us on a 'walkshop' around South Kensington to learn more about nature, biodiversity and wildlife in London, exploring hidden refuges for nature and learning about how London's plants and animals are being affected by climate change.

From Archaeology to Architecture: Talk by Tane Tsuyoshi

16th June
3pm - 4pm
Japan House London
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Discover Tane Tsuyoshi’s archaeological approach to architecture during a talk at Japan House London, reflecting on the role of architecture in reconciling the past, present and future.

Naturally Curious

Various Dates
Various Times
Natural History Museum
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Learn about cutting-edge scientific research from our leading experts with a new series of on-demand courses designed for anyone interested in the natural world, regardless of skill level.