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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Picadilly LineCovent Garden2 Minutes

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 What's not to love? Can get reasonable priced tickets, in advance. Fantastic venue, with wonderful staff. Great bar for stopping off in. Well worth a look if going past.

david johnston - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating What can l say? It's like a dream! One of the nicest opera houses on earth. Take the backstage tour. You may have a chance to watch the Royal Ballet principal dancers rehearsing. For art lovers, it is a must!

Joshkun Tepeli - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating It was amazing. The atmosphere was very nice, and it was also very quiet, so you can better focus on the performances. The performances are really artistic, and the fact that the orchestra is right beneath them makes it even better. It is capable of conveying a great range of emotion. The food was very nice, but very rich. I would definitely recommend going here if you have the time or money. It's in a nice part of London, so you can also go sightseeing.

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