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Walking with Wornum: A Guided Tour of the RIBA

With new dates announced for 2020, visit the magnificent home of architecture and hear about the places and faces behind George Grey Wornum’s winning design for the RIBA on Portland Place. Hear about the RIBA’s 185-year history as our dedicated educators walk you through the design and evolution of our landmark art deco building.

Guided tours of 66 Portland Place

New dates added for 2020

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 the chance to view collection material on the design and construction of the building.

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

  • Saturday 11 January, 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 28 January, 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.

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.