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Architectural Aspirations: A guided tour of the RIBA

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Architectural Aspirations: A guided tour of the RIBA
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Building Tour Ticket 2.30-3.30pm 1 min before event ends £10.00 £1.67
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Guided tours of 66 Portland Place

Where was the idea for the RIBA conceived? Which Monarch gave us our Royal Charter? Which city’s name is carved into our walls? Why did the RIBA cause a traffic jam? Which famous architects and actors have walked these floors? Visit the home of architecture and hear about the places and faces behind 66 Portland Place.

Architect George Grey Wornum’s winning design for the RIBA is both beautiful and functional and our dedicated tour guides will walk you through our fascinating art-deco building to explore the writings on our walls and see the wealth of materials that make up our intricate interiors. As well as looking at our magnificent architecture, we will offer you an insight into the architecture profession and the RIBA’s role in championing great architecture. The tour will conclude with an introduction to the forthcoming exhibition in the Architecture Gallery.

Please note that due to refurbishment work the council chamber and 4th floor landing will not be available to view.

Tours will be taking place on select Tuesday evenings (6.30pm-7.30pm) and Saturday afternoons (2.30pm-3.30pm):

  • Tuesday 22 January 6.30pm - this will conclude with a look at our collection instead of an introduction to the gallery
  • Saturday 9 February 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 February 6.30pm
  • Saturday 9 March 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 March 6.30pm
  • Saturday 13 April 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 April 6.30pm

All tickets include a free tea/coffee and brownie or flapjack from our ground floor cafe.

Online booking in advance is essential.

RIBA Learning run a series of creative workshops and tours – see our upcoming programme. We also arrange private tours for groups.



We strive to ensure our events are accessible for wheelchair users. Please be aware that some parts of the building are not step free and we will need to make arrangements for you.  To discuss any access requirements please contact us in advance.


Terms and Conditions
• Under 18s must be supervised by an accompanying adult ticket holder at all times.
• Tickets for this event are non-refundable; however you can transfer to another tour date subject to availability. All transfer requests must be made in writing to no later than 72 hours in advance of the booked tour.
• In the unlikely event we need to cancel we will contact all ticket holders as soon as possible to rearrange or offer a full refund. We cannot reimburse or compensate for travel or other associated costs.
• A photographer may attend this event and the images may be used to publicise future RIBA events.
• By accepting an invitation or purchasing a ticket you consent to being photographed, filmed or recorded as a visitor attending the event.
• On entry to the event you agree to accept and abide by any venue rules; the RIBA reserves the right to remove participants who behave inappropriately from events.
• The details you provide will be used in accordance with the RIBA's GDPR obligations. For information on how we will handle your personal data please see our Privacy Policy at


Do you have questions about Architectural Aspirations: A guided tour of the RIBA? Contact RIBA Learning

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Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
W1B 1AD London
United Kingdom


RIBA Learning

RIBA Learning offers a range of opportunities for people of all ages to learn about and appreciate good architecture. Our aim is to empower people to look at, think about and ultimately play an active role in shaping the places that define their communities. 


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