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

Daily
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

Online
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.

Kensington Palace Talks and debates

Various
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Come along to a unique programme of talks and debates to learn more about the intriguing Kensington Palace.

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.

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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?

Free
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V&A free tours & talks

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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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 Kensington
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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.

An evening with Gary Lineker

Tuesday 24 May 2022
7pm-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Programmed to celebrate Football: Designing the Beautiful Game exhibition, Design Museum Director Tim Marlow discusses the illustrious career of one of the biggest names in football, Gary Lineker.

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The Mythology and Folklore of trees

Sat 11 June 2022
10:30am-12:30pm
The Royal Parks
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Discover the folklore and myths that surround Kensington Gardens' trees with arboriculturist, Greg Packman. Find out why oak trees were seen to be symbols of the gods; why rowan trees were considered to be protective against witchcraft; and which of our trees above all symbolise renewal and purification.

Image credit: ©Kevin Moran Photography

Artists Houses Walking Tours

5 May - 31 July (Thursdays & Sundays)
11am-12:30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Join Leighton House's free guided walks exploring the unique group of Victorian studio-houses built on Holland Park Road and Melbury Road (Kensington, West London) by the so-called 'Holland Park Circle' of artists, sculptors and architects.

Highlighting Histories: Women in Science

Dates and times vary
Natural History Museum
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Take a guided tour of the first-floor Hintze Hall balconies and the Minerals gallery and discover the fascinating work of women scientists past and present. You'll hear the gripping histories of several women scientists across history including some who've worked at the Museum.

Free
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V&A Highlights Tour

Til Sun 1 January 2023
10:30am & 2pm
V&A
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Join one of the V&A's volunteer guides on this free tour and discover the origins of the Museum while learning about the many fascinating treasures held in the V&A’s extensive collection. Every day at 10:30am and 2pm

Bring Your Own Baby: Nature Talks

11 May, 22 June, 20 July
10:30am & 2pm
Natural History Museum
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Baby friendly grown-up talks. Learn about the natural world and take a break from baby talk with Museum experts and scientists with this new series of baby-friendly nature talks, created for inquisitive grown-ups looking for something to do with tiny ones in tow.

Great Exhibition Road Festival 2022

Sat 18 - Sun 19 June 2022
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Great Exhibition Road Festival
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Join us in South Kensington this June as Exhibition Road is transformed into a huge festival to explore the extraordinary as we celebrate London’s trailblazing innovators, scientists, artists and designers and the everyday heroes who inspire us all.

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Albert Memorial Walking Tour

Tue 24 May 2022
10:30am - 12pm
The Royal Parks
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On Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday, join a fascinating tour of the Albert Memorial which will take you beyond the railings. Get a closer look at the Frieze of Parnassus and other fine details of the greatest monument of the Victorian era.

The Queen's State Apartments

Open from 30 July 2020
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. The Queen's apartments were where Mary, and later royal consorts, lived. This is where they had their bedroom, took their meals, entertained their friends and distinguished guests, and relaxed.

Exploring Space Gallery Tour

Daily
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Discover space firsts such as Sputnik, Yuri Gagarin and the work of Sergei Koralev. Delve into an amazing history, bringing to life objects from our Exploring Space gallery.

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.

Liberty Drives

1st May - 31st October
10:00am - 4:30pm
Hyde Park
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Liberty Drives is a voluntary service, helped by sponsors and donations, for people who find walking difficult. A fleet of six electric buggies can accommodate five passengers plus one person in a wheelchair. The tours last up to one hour and show visitors around the main sights.