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From its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy of Arts has provided a voice for art and artists. We are an independent charity led by eminent artists and architects—the Royal Academicians—and we pursue our mission through exhibitions, education and debate.
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The Sackler Wing, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to ‘Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust’ before it opens to the public.
Free, no booking required. Friends only.
Temple, London, EC4
Built by the Knights Templar, Temple Church is one of the only three surviving Norman round churches in England.
£67. Friends only.
Established in 1570 and still in operation, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry is Britain’s oldest manufacturing company, famous for the design and manufacture of the Liberty Bell in 1752 and Big Ben in 1858.
£30. Friends only.
Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Discover the art, architecture and history of the Royal Academy in these free one-hour tours that include the historic John Madejski Fine Rooms.
Free, no booking required
Meet on Piccadilly near the RA for coach
Considered to be the English Versailles, Boughton is a blend of the intimate and the grand.
£87. Friends only.
Garrick Street, WC2
Founded in 1831, the Garrick Club houses the largest and most significant collection of British theatrical works of art, with over 1000 paintings, drawings and sculptures, including works by Zoffany, Lawrence and Millais.
£37. Friends only.
1 Great Winchester St, London, EC2
Friends visit Deutsche Bank to learn about its corporate art collection.
£28. Friends only.
Tom Stuart-Smith, renowned landscaper and designer of the RA’s Keeper’s House garden, generously invites Friends to visit the private gardens at his home in Hertfordshire.
£58. Friends only.
Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this early morning opening of the Summer Exhibition.
Free. Friends only.
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this early morning opening of ‘Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust’.
Friends visit the beautiful Parham House, then enjoy a curator’s talk on the Sickert in Dieppe Exhibition at Pallant House Gallery.
Russell Square, London, WC1
Join us for a guided tour exploring Bloomsbury’s rich Art Deco heritage, including Charles Holden’s iconic Senate House, the former Daimler car hire garage and a reconverted petrol station.
£22. Friends only.
Friends tour the charming Frogmore House, a favourite royal retreat for more than 300 years.
£60. Friends only.
Friends explore the stunning interiors and rich history of Ditchley Park.
£50. Friends only.
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this late night opening of the Summer Exhibition.
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this late night opening of ‘Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust’.
Wapping High St, London, E1W
This quirky museum is home to an eclectic collection of police uniforms, equipment and documents that relate to the history of the world’s first organised police force, the Thames River Police.
£18. Friends only.
Stable Yard, St James’s, London, SW1
Dr James Yorke leads Friends on an exclusive tour of Lancaster House, widely considered to be one of the greatest surviving London townhouses.
£23. Friends only.
Commercial Street, London, E1
Our tour takes us around this curious, closed world of early Georgian terraces and grand 17th-century silk weavers’ houses that mark the fault-line between the City and its neighbouring borough, Tower Hamlets.
£26. Friends only.
Charterhouse Square, London, EC1
Join us for our popular annual tour of this historic palace.
Highgate West Cemetery, Swains Lane, London, N6
We return to Highgate Cemetery for a guided tour of the private west section, which includes the atmospheric Lebanon Circle Vaults, Egyptian Avenue and Terrace Catacombs.
£27. Friends only.
St James’s Palace, London, SW1
Friends enjoy a private tour of Clarence House followed by a glass of champagne.
Stratfield Saye was given by the nation to the first Duke of Wellington for his victory at Waterloo.
£84. Friends only.
Directions with ticket
This guided tour for Friends explores the history of this world-famous arts centre.
Gorhambury was built in the 18th century by Robert Taylor, replacing old Gorhambury House, home to philosopher and writer Francis Bacon.
£88. Friends only.
Meet in the courtyard of Burlington House
On this exclusive tour with the Head of Collections, we learn about the history of the Society of Antiquaries.
Our tour of Packington Hall with the owner, Lord Aylesford, reveals fine interiors designed by Bonomi in 1772, paintings by Rigaud, grounds landscaped by Capability Brown and one of the most unique classical churches in Britain.
£140. Friends only.
Meet at Bermondsey Tube station, London, SE1.
This tour, led by representatives from the Brunel Museum, takes in the rich maritime history of Rotherhithe and an exclusive visit to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel.