Southbank Centre Tours
Behind the scenes
Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain
A wold-famous arts venue
Southbank Centre is one of our national treasures, described as ‘The most vibrant arts centre in the country’ and ‘Britain’s leading arts institution’.
Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, Southbank Centre draws on its heritage as a festival site, with art and activities inside and outside.
Architecturally speaking, the centre itself was only completed relatively recently, in 1968, on the site of the rather eccentric Festival of Britain, a national event which attempted to rouse spirits in post-war Britain.
Designed by a team from the London County Council architects department, the Southbank Centre is a stunning example of the future as envisioned at the time. Now you can explore the history and architecture of this world-famous arts centre with a Southbank Centre Tour.
See how 63 years of history has shaped Southbank Centre’s iconic landscape and learn more about the inner workings of Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery.
Tours currently available:
All tours meet at Royal Festival Hall Ticket Desk and run for approximately one hour. £8.50* (£7.50* per person for groups of 4 or more).
For more information and to book your tickets, click here.