Royal Academy of Arts

About the Royal Academy of Arts, London

The Royal Academy of Arts holds many intriguing artifacts from ancient sculptures to Queen Victoria's paint box and from works by classic painters such as Constable and Van Gogh, to contributions from modern day artists.

There are plenty of hotly anticipated exhibitions open to the public all year round.  In 2015 the academy hosted the works of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei – during which almost 400,000 visitors passed through the doors.

Located in Burlington House, London, the Royal Academy of Arts is much more than just a museum. Founded in 1768 when King George III wished to promote the works of British artists, it has since gone on to become Britain's first art school and is run with a committee of some of the world's leading artists.

Helpful information about the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm, with late opening times of 10am to 10pm Friday and Saturday.

Entrance fee is variable, dependent on the exhibition.  There are guided tours available included in your entrance fee to give you an insight into the works on display.

Nearest airports in London are either Gatwick or Heathrow.  The Royal Academy of Arts is easily accessible, situated in central London and only 5-10 minutes walk from Oxford Street and Bond Street.  The nearest tube stations being Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.  Plan your journey here:

With so many touring exhibits and one off displays, it is highly recommended to avoid disappointment and book in advance as tickets are rarely available on the door.  Last admission into the galleries is half an hour prior to closing, so be sure to arrive in plenty of time.

It's not just about the art so why not stay for lunch in the Grande Café, or stop for a drink in the on-site bar and gardens.  If you wish to make your day even more special, pre-book a table at the Keeper's House restaurant. 

If you're going in a large group or wish to have your own private tour before the crowds arrive, or have any special requirements, contact the venue for a tailored experience.    

Where to stay in London for the Royal Academy of Arts

If you are planning to visit the Royal Academy of Arts, choose from rental apartments, houses, flats, studios, boats and B&B's close to the venue.  Whether you are looking to rent an apartment in the City Centre, or travel from the quieter regions on the outskirts, it is easy to travel around London via public transport and arrive at the Royal Academy of Arts. Check out our accommodation in London 

Things to do near the Royal Academy of Arts

With so much to see and do in London, make the most of your visit by taking a tour bus and visiting the many historic sights such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Take in a show in the West End or visit the many museums and art galleries London has to offer.

More information about the Royal Academy of Arts

For more information about visiting the Royal Academy of Arts, including a listing of Royal Academy of Arts current and upcoming exhibitions, visit the official website at For a list of Royal Academicians past and present see here

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