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Architectural Aspirations: A Guided Tour of the RIBA

Visit the home of architecture and hear about the places and faces behind George Grey Wornum’s winning design for the RIBA on Portland Place. Our dedicated educators will walk you through the history and design of our landmark building before concluding the tour with an introduction to our forthcoming exhibition.

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 2019, 6.30pm - this will conclude with a look at our collection instead of an introduction to the gallery
  • Saturday 9 February 2019, 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 February 2019, 6.30pm
  • Saturday 9 March 2019, 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 March 2019, 6.30pm
  • Saturday 13 April 2019, 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 April 2019, 6.30pm

All tickets include free refreshments. For our Saturday afternoon tours, you are entitled to one free tea/coffee and one brownie or flapjack from our ground floor café. For Tuesday evening tours, you are entitled to one free glass of wine/beer or soft drink from our bar on the ground floor. To redeem, simply present your ticket before placing your order.

Online booking in advance is essential.

See here for later tour dates.

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.