Royal Opera House

Rich in history, the Royal Opera House is a major venue for performing arts in London

Bow Street entrance to the Royal Opera House
Bow Street entrance to the Royal Opera House cc licensed photo by markhillary

The Royal Opera House, a prominent venue for opera and performing arts in London is located in the district of Covent Garden the building is often referred to by the same name.

The theatre is home to The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and to the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The original building called the Theatre Royal was built in 1732 and functioned primarily as a playhouse for it's first 100 years. The theatre was destroyed by a fire in 1808 and rebuilt by 1809. It was later destroyed in yet another fire in 1856 and replaced by a new building in 1858, which still forms much of the present building. In 1892 the theatre was named the Royal Opera House or ROH for short. It served as a dance hall during the Second World War. From 1996 through 2000 major reconstruction and enhancement took place which included the old Covent Garden Market creating an extensive new gathering place.

The Royal Opera House has collections of several hundred thousand items that highlight the history of the ROH. You can visit exhibitions of some of these collections on Monday to Friday from 10am to 3:30pm.

For more information about the Royal Opera House as well as performances and schedules visit their official site at the link below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Address: Bow St, London WC2E 9DD, UK

Phone: 020 7240 1200

Official Website: Royal Opera House


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How to get to Royal Opera House by Tube

From Covent Garden Tube Station exit onto Long Acre and go right(east), then go right onto Bow Street. The Royal Opera House is just ahead on the right.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5Royal Opera House Star Rating

5 Star Rating Wonderful place. Theater is amazing. Go there regularly and don’t want to miss it. Started trying the craft activities, really nice!

Bettina Braimer - 2 days ago

4 Star Rating Such a beautiful and magical venue Tickets can vary in price, with some seats on the sides having very restricted views. However, there are bargains available to see amazing performances and productions. If you're willing to stand (limited view and spaces), then you can really get a bargain. The roof terrace has a lovely view over covent garden

Sacha Nathan - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Family performance of the Nutcracker - just stunning. Wonderful building with a lot of places to eat and drink. A good place to meet up with friends and to enjoy the most wonderful ballet and opera

Frankie Williams - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating Popped in for a look at the renovation work. Stunning building with lovely outside bar terrace and views over Covent garden. Magnificent chandeliers. Only wish we could have stayed longer. Definitely would recommend a visit.

Val Evans - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating As much for the productions this is an excellent theatre with really good facilities and seating (stalls). Egress / exit from the seating a tad constrained as an older layout, so slow. Usually an appreciative audience. Have seen a variety of really well done performances spanning ballet, opera and choral some of them superlative.

Andrew Price - 1 month ago


A quick video introduction to the Royal Opera House

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