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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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Meet on Piccadilly near the RA for coach
Friends tour the charming Frogmore House, a favourite royal retreat for more than 300 years.
£60. Friends only.
Royal Academy of Arts
The July edition of Peyton and Byrne’s supper club celebrates ‘Craft Beer Month’ with a five course beer and food pairing menu of the finest produce.
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
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.
Friends explore the stunning interiors and rich history of Ditchley Park.
£50. Friends only.
Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this late night opening of the Summer Exhibition.
Free. Friends only.
The Sackler Wing, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this late night opening of ‘Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust’.
Free, no booking required. Friends only.
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.
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.
£28. Friends only.
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.
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this late night opening of the Summer Exhibition and Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust.
St James’s Palace, London, SW1
Friends enjoy a private tour of Clarence House followed by a glass of champagne.
£58. Friends only.
Warwick Lane, London, E4
Friends privately tour the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, one of the most ancient City of London livery companies, receiving its first Royal Charter from Henry V in 1416.
£30. Friends only.
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.
£22. Friends only.
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.
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.
Directions with ticket.
In celebration of the RA’s ‘Daniel Maclise: Waterloo Cartoon’ exhibition, RA Friends have an unique opportunity to visit the magnificent final murals in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords, as part of an art and architecture tour of this iconic institution.
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.
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.