Experience the delights of the Royal Academy of Arts


The Royal Academy of Arts can be found at Burlington House in the bustling London district of Piccadilly in the City of Westminster.

A bastion of British culture and art, the academy was founded in December 1768 and is an institution dedicated to promoting the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts.

Created by King George III, the academy is operated by and for the artists themselves and at any time there are around 80 eminent Royal Academicians that determine the future path of the institution.

Open daily from 10 am until 6 pm, the Royal Academy is the perfect place to visit for lovers of exquisite art and contemporary design.

Enjoy this year’s Summer Exhibition (June 8th to August 16th)

The annual Summer Exhibition is a chance for visitors to the Royal Academy to enjoy some of the best in contemporary art and culture on the planet and it has been a mainstay of the London cultural calendar for almost 250 years.

It is the world’s oldest open-submission exhibition and over the years has seen the likes of  Reynolds, Constable and Turner all showcasing their works.

With around 1,000 individual pieces of art included in the final show of the Summer Exhibition, ranging from painting to sculpture, drawing to modern art, this is one of the finest displays of contemporary artwork to be found anywhere in the world and well worth a visit for those keen to expand their horizons during a trip to the English capital.

Pick up a souvenir at the Royal Academy Shop

Visitors hoping to secure a memento of their time at the Royal Academy are well catered for, with the official RA Shop offering everything from artistic materials to paperbacks on the many famous artists that have displayed works at the academy over the course of its long and rich history.

Where to stay near to the Royal Academy

For all those planning to visit the Royal Academy as part of their time in London, one of the best local hotel options is:

  • Grand Royale London Hyde Park, 1-9 Inverness Terrace (0.77 miles)

Parking options for travellers

Individuals travelling to London via car can make use of several local car parks:

  • Apcoa Parking UK (0.3 miles, five minutes’ travel time when walking)
  • 24 7 Parking (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
  • Denman Street Parking (0.4 miles, eight minutes)
  • Titan Car Park (0.5 miles, nine minutes)
  • National Car Parks (0.4 miles, nine minutes)
  • Red Route Parking (0.5 miles, ten minutes)
  • Broadwick Car Park (0.6 miles, 11 minutes)
  • Trafalgar Car Park (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
  • Master Car Park (0.6 miles, 11 minutes)
  • Q Park Trafalgar Square (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)

Visitors to this busy part of the capital are advised that traffic levels can be high (especially during the daily morning and evening rush hours), while spaces can be limited for parking.

Membership to the Royal Academy

Individuals keen to support the Royal Academy can do just that during their stay, with the chance to become a Friend of the RA, or even a patron.

Standard Friends of the RA membership costs £97 per year (£45 for young members aged 16 to 25), while the cost of patronship begins at £1,750 per annum.

The benefits associated with membership to the Royal Academy include free admission throughout the year, as well as receiving special invitations to opening galas for new exhibitions, a range of bespoke curator-led tours and access to private artists’ collections.

Other nearby attractions for visitors to enjoy

It is not just the Royal Academy that attracts visitors to this busy part of the English capital, with many other local attractions also serving to draw in the crowds. Visitors planning a visit to the Royal Academy might also enjoy such attractions, as:

  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (0.3 miles, five minutes)
  • The British Museum (one mile, 17 minutes)
  • Westminster Abbey (1.1 miles, 12 minutes)
  • The Palace of Westminster (1.1 miles, 12 minutes)
  • The London Dungeon (1.3 miles, 16 minutes)
  • The Coca-Cola London Eye (1.3 miles, 15 minutes)
  • Big Ben (1.1 miles, nine minutes)
  • The Sherlock Holmes Museum (1.6 miles, 13 minutes)
  • The SeaLife London Aquarium (1.4 miles, 14 minutes)
  • Hyde Park (0.8 miles, 16 minutes)
  • Regent’s Park (1.5 miles, 20 minutes)
  • Whiteley’s department store (2.8 miles, 23 minutes)