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National Theatre Tours

Photo of a gudie showing props to visitors on tour of the National Theatre

National Theatre Tours

Take a guided tour of the National Theatre and discover the secrets of one of the most iconic buildings on the South Bank.

Led by one of our expert guides, our 75-minute tour takes you to the heart of Denys Lasdun’s concrete masterpiece. Journey behind the scenes to see what's being made in our on-site carpentry, props and scenic painting workshops, and discover how we create our world-class productions. You’ll also explore the design and unique features of this renowned building, including our auditoriums.

Rated ‘Excellent’ on TripAdvisor since 2015, read reviews of our tours to find out why we’re the hottest ticket in town, even before the curtain is raised:


Guided Tours are delivered in English and there are 20 spaces available per tour.

Please note that the National Theatre is a fully working theatre. Each tour is a unique experience and varies according to what is available on the day. Plans may be altered at short notice so we cannot guarantee in advance which areas you will visit.



Book a Guided Tour


Full price, £15
Student, £10
Disabled/Companion, £10; sign up to our Access List to book. If you have specific access requirements, please contact [email protected]
Groups of 10+ £9.50


Public Guided Tours take place at 5pm, Monday–Friday and 12 noon on Saturdays. Private tours can be arranged at additional times.

Group Guided Tours

Bringing ten or more people? Bring the whole team and get discounted tickets or a private tour.

For more information or to book a Group Guided Tour, contact [email protected]


Tour bookers receive 10% off in the National Theatre Bookshop. Please show your ticket at the till, valid on the day of your tour.


If you have specific access requirements, please contact [email protected]

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


Children aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. We regret that we are unable to accommodate children under the age of five on Guided Tours, this includes babies and children in pushchairs. 

Whilst tours are generally recommended for ages 12+, if you are interested in bringing a group of younger children, private group tours can be adjusted to suit. Please inform us at the time of booking.


Give the Gift of a Theatre Tour

Purchase gift vouchers for our Theatre Tours, perfect as a gift for friends and family.

Vouchers can be used for tours and tickets bought via our website.

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