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The Building

The Royal Albert Hall was built to fulfil the vision of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's consort) of a 'Central Hall' that would be used to promote understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Sciences and would stand at the heart of the South Kensington estate, surrounded by museums and places of learning.

The Hall is a Grade I Listed building; it has been in continuous use since it was opened in March 1871. It was always conceived as a multipurpose building to host not only concerts but exhibitions, public meetings, scientific conversations and award ceremonies. It is a registered charity held in trust for the nation but is financially self-sufficient: it receives no funding from central or local government.

2014 Annual Review

This year we have chosen to create a digital document, which shows our work more fully and enables us to be more environmentally responsible.

The Hall's Annual Accounts 2014 can be downloaded here.

More About The Hall

Virtual Tour


Take a virtual tour of the Royal Albert Hall and experience one of the most famous venues in the world!

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Story of the Month

This month, read about poetry at the Hall including 'The International Poetry Incarnation' of 1965.

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Life at the Hall

Explore the Hall's archive, read event previews, meet the people who make the Royal Albert Hall...

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