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Venues at the National Theatre

Venues at the National Theatre

There are three theatres:

 

The National Theatre is on the South Bank, just minutes from Covent Garden, the West End and Waterloo.

The main entrance is on the riverside walkway, facing west.

The address is National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX


 

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Plan your journey to the NT using Transport for London's Journey Planner. Enter 'Royal National Theatre' and select 'Place of interest' as the destination.

 

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Options for travelling to the National Theatre

 

  • Cars

 

There are 290 spaces in the National Theatre car park.

The car park can be accessed via the south-west corner of the National Theatre, on Upper Ground, by Theatre Avenue (the road between the National Theatre and the British Film Institute).

Please be aware that, due to the socially distanced one-way system in effect, there will not be the usual direct access from the car park to the theatre foyer(s), as all customers will be requested to join a queue outside the National Theatre building.  

If you require step-free access from the car park, please contact boxoffice@nationaltheatre.org.uk in advance of your visit and we will be happy to facilitate. 

Opening times: 6am to 12 midnight (Mon – Fri) and 7am to 12 midnight (Sat and Sun)

Pricing 

Parking spaces in the basement car park are £8.50 after 5pm

No validation is required after 5pm, but matinees will require validation from the Box Office to get the discount.

Public holidays: £8.50 all day, no validation required.

Lost tickets will be charged at full daily rate.

Payment

There are four payment machines: one in the car park near the entrance to the theatre, that takes cash and cards, one in the car park towards the BFI exit, and two in the basement lobby that take cards. Touch cards can also be used at the exit barriers.

Electric vehicles

There are three electric vehicle fast charge points on the south side of the NT car park

Blue Badge holders

Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off at the top of Theatre Avenue (the road between the British Film Institute and the National Theatre), before parking in the car park; there will be a very limited number of spaces for oversized vehicles only above ground. These spaces need to be booked ahead of your visit with the Box Office on 020 7452 3961.

Free parking is available in the National Theatre Car Park for Blue Badge holders attending a performance      

When attending a performance, Blue Badge holders can park anywhere in the car park and there are spaces near the lifts reserved for use by disabled people. There is a ramped entrance with semi-automatic doors to the basement foyer and lifts.

For free parking, Blue Badge holders should take their badge, theatre ticket and car park ticket to any Box Office in the foyers for validation, prior to leaving.

For further Access information please contact boxoffice@nationaltheatre.org.uk

Congestion Charge

The National Theatre is inside the congestion charge zone. The £15 daily charge applies between 7am – 10pm, every day except Christmas Day

For more information and to find out about ways to pay, visit Transport for London.​

 

  • Motorcyles

The opening time and fee information in the Car Park section above also relates to motorcycles.

 

  • Bicycles

There are bicycle racks outside the Espresso Bar at the corner of Theatre Square on the North-West side of the National, and opposite the Dorfman Theatre on the East side.

Use Cyclestreets to plan your cycle journey to the National Theatre (link opens a new tab/window)

 

  • Santander Cycle Hire

There are three docking stations near the NT – two in Upper Ground (one below Waterloo Bridge) and one in Concert Hall Approach.

Go to tfl.gov.uk/SantanderCycles for more information.

 

  • Buses

All the following buses cross Waterloo Bridge:

1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68.

77 (Upper Ground near the Festival Hall), 211 & 507 (Waterloo Road near Waterloo station), 381 (Stamford Street).

45, 63 & 100 all stop at the southern end of Blackfriars Bridge, and there is a 10 minute walk along the riverside to the National.

Stationlink provide a fully accessible, low-floor bus service stopping at Waterloo. Route 705 runs every 30 minutes, linking Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, London Bridge, Waterloo, St Thomas' Hospital, Victoria, Victoria Coach Station and Paddington.

 

 

  • Rail

Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross (across the river via the Hungerford Bridge) are all a 10-15 minute walk from the National.

 

  • Taxis

Taxis should be encouraged to drop off behind the National Theatre, on Upper Ground. Visitors can use the access roads on either side of the bulding for the Olivier and Lyttelton Theatres, and the road on the east side of the building (between the NT and IBM) for the Dorfman Theatre
For customers with access needs, the drop-off point for taxis is on the private road to the east of the National Theatre, between the National and the IBM building.
Customers for the Dorfman Theatre can be dropped off directly outside the entrance for that theatre.
For the Olivier and Lyttelton Theatres, you can be dropped off outside Stage Door (just before the bollards), which gives a step free route into the venue, around the river-front side of the building.

 

  • Thames River Bus Service

MBNA Thames Clippers run a regular river bus service. Routes, timetables, prices and service updates can be found on the Thames Clippers website.

 

  • Underground

The nearest Tube stations are Waterloo (on the Northern, Bakerloo & Jubilee lines), Southwark (on the Jubilee line) or walk over the Hungerford Bridge from Embankment (on the Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle lines).

Get up-to-date information on line closures from the Transport for London website.

South Bank information

For help planning your visit, including travel updates, and to find out what's happening on London's South Bank please visit South Bank London