Hear the undiscovered stories of the suffrage campaign, as part of our Women and the Hall season celebrating a centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.
100 years ago, the UK Parliament passed an act allowing women to vote for the first time. The Royal Albert Hall played a uniquely important role in the women’s struggle to gain this right to vote as the venue for 24 great women’s suffrage rallies between 1908 and 1918.
What to expect
- Your friendly and knowledgable tour guide will show you the stunning auditorium where the Suffragettes and Suffragists made some of their most famous speeches, presented medals, waved banners and sang their songs.
- Find out why the Votes for Women campaigners came here again and again, why a Suffragette smuggled a dog whip into a meeting, why the Suffragettes were eventually banned from the Hall and whether they did – or didn’t –damage the great organ!
- Tours will last one hour.
For more on what to expect, read our guide to taking a tour of the Hall
Get to the heart of the story of women’s suffrage by joining our exclusive Suffragettes and the Hall: Immersive Drama Tour.
• ‘Meet’ Helen Ogston, the young Suffragette who smuggled a dog whip into a meeting, find out why she did it and the repercussions of her actions.
• Hear Lord Curzon explain why, for the sake of the Empire (and many other reasons), women should never have the vote!
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Royal Albert Hall and the Suffrage movement
The Royal Albert Hall was the venue for some of the most memorable speeches and events in the fight for women to gain the vote.
On almost thirty different occasions between 1908 and 1913, the Hall found itself at the front line of the women’s struggle, hired by several different militant and pacifist suffrage groups. The Suffragettes, led by Emmeline Pankhurst, called the Royal Albert Hall a ‘Temple of Liberty’, as it allowed them to spread the word and raise money for the cause. Millicent Fawcett also led thousands of women suffragists here to demand the vote; we were even the venue for a huge anti-suffragette rally of the National League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage, where Lord Curzon explained why women should never have the vote!
We are proud to play our part in this year’s Centenary celebrations telling this little known story about the Royal Albert Hall and the battle for Votes for Women. It’s one that everyone should know.
Add On Food & Drink
Make the most of your visit to the Hall and combine your tour with elevenses or lunch – just select your desired package when booking tours tickets.
Coffee and pastry Café Bar (Door 12) £4.00 per person Lunch Verdi – Italian Kitchen 1 course £14.50 per person, 2 courses £19.50 (Tuesday-Sunday) Download menu
Open the door to an action packaged programme of music, dance, circus, comedy, film, and more.
All tours visitors require a ticket.
For tickets for children 5 years and under, please contact our box office on 020 7589 8212. Concessionary tickets available for students and over 60s.
- There are a lot of stairs on the tour, so customers are advised to wear flat shoes. Lifts are also available when required.
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- * Tours will last one hour.