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Architecture Tours

Tours are currently suspended
Running Time: 90 mins approx

"A great day out for architecture and design fans" Grand Designs Magazine

Designed by the architect Denys Lasdun, the National Theatre has divided public opinion since it opened in 1976. In 2001 a Radio Times poll featured Denys Lasdun’s building in the top five of both the most hated and the most loved British buildings. 

Devised with Patrick Dillon, of NT Future architects Haworth Tompkins, come and see for yourself how Lasdun’s masterpiece is revealed anew.

  • The tour lasts around 90mins and takes you both outside and around the building
  • This tour does not include the auditoriums – backstage tours may be booked separately
  • To book, follow the link to Dates and Buy tickets
  • Tickets £15


For the hearing impaired (including hearing aid users) the Contego system, an easy-to-use wireless listening device, is now available for use on Backstage Tours. Please inform us at the time of booking if you would like to use the Contego system, or if you have any additional access requirements.

For further information on tour times, availability and group bookings email [email protected]

Concrete Reality Architecture Tours developed with support from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"The architecture tour at the National Theatre is a wonderful experience for anyone looking to discover more about this London icon. You’ll learn more about the history of the building and its carefully considered design, as well as get a behind-the-scenes peak at the day-to-day running of the theatre. It’s a great day out for architecture and design fans." Grand Designs Magazine.

National Thetare entrance with skateboarders

Londonist video review of the National's Architecture Tour

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