The Royal Opera House
London WC2E 9DD
TfL Fare Zone 1
The current Royal Opera House (ROH) is the third on the site and was built in 1858 to a classical design by E M Barry. It is home to the Royal Opera, Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera House Orchestra.
The building incorporates reliefs and statues from two previous 18th century theatres which were destroyed by fire. Built at the same time, next door to the theatre, was the iron and glass Floral (flower) Hall which is now part of the ROH complex.
Over the years, the ROH has been extended and remodelled making it one of the most modern and technically innovative opera houses in Europe. The main auditorium has some seats with individual monitors for the electronic libretto system, allowing audiences to follow opera libretti translations in English if they so choose.
Linbury Studio Theatre
As well as the main auditorium, the ROH incorporates a 400 seat performance space called the Linbury Studio Theatre, ideal for chamber opera and experimental dance. This is currently being completely remodelled.
Clore Studio Upstairs
The Clore Theatre Upstairs is the Royal Ballet studio which seats 180 and is ideal for more intimate events.
However, all the ROH improvements have been behind the scenes, and the façade, foyer and U-shaped auditorium remain virtually the same as when they were built in 1858.
The ROH Open Up Project
The ROH is once again undergoing work to improve access and facilities. To find out what is envisaged and progress, go to Web: Royal Opera House/ Open up project
There is no finer London venue in which to experience opera and ballet. Many famous performers and composers have appeared at the ROH – George Frideric Handel, Sarah Siddons, Edmund Keen and Joseph Grimaldi; Margot Fonteyn, Joan Sutherland and Bryn Terfel.
Plan Your Visit
For comprehensive information on Booking Office hours, Telephone and Online Bookings, and Ticket Packages go to:
Tel: +44 (0)2073 044 000
Visiting the Opera House
The ROH is open outside of performance hours for visitors wishing to attend Guided Tours, to shop in the Souvenir Shop, to enjoy the Exhibitions, and visit the various Bars and Restaurants.
For comprehensive information visit Web: ROH/ Restaurants and Bars
Disabled Access Lifts and escalators make the ROHt one of the most accessible theatres in Britain. More detailed information is available at Web: ROH/ Access
- Backstage Tour
Visit the Backstage and the Front of House areas. The tour lasts about 1 hour 15 minutes. For dates and availability go to Web: ROH/ Tours
- Velvet, Gilt and Glamour Tour
This tour focuses on the auditorium architecture and includes a visit to the Royal Retiring Room. Tour lasts about 45 minutes. For dates and availability go to the 'Tours' weblink above.
To book either tour, telephone the Box Office on the number below.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)2073 044 000 (Box Office)
TfL Fare Zone 1 Transport for London Journey Planner
To find the best way for getting to The Royal Opera House, visit the TfL Journey Planner, link directly above.
- By Underground
Covent Garden Station Piccadilly Line (Exit into the Piazza)
- By Bus
We suggest that you use the TfL 'Journey Planner' - link above
Route Nos: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 87, 91, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501 (southbound only), 505, 521, X68 all go to the Aldwych, which is close to the Theatre.
Google Maps - Royal Opera House Covent Garden