Educational Information

The Royal Opera House welcomes children and students of all ages, encouraging them to get involved in a broad range of activities, competitions and events. Whether offering them exclusive access behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House or helping them to explore their own creative skills, the Royal Opera House aims to give young people a broad insight into the professional arts industry.

To find out more about upcoming productions at the Royal Opera House and how your school can get involved visit roh.org.uk

Suitable for the following key stages:

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Covers elements of the following subjects:

  • Art & Design
  • Citizenship
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English
  • Languages
  • Theatre Studies

School groups rates

Every year the Schools’ Matinees programme gives teachers the opportunity to bring their students aged 8 - 18 to special matinee performances of six of the season’s Royal Opera House productions with £7.50 tickets. To find out more about School Matinees and how your school can sign up to be part of the progamme visit  roh.org.uk/learning/schools-and-colleges/schools-matinees

School groups can also save between 20 - 40% on group bookings to selected productions throughout the season. A breakdown of available group rates can be found here 

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Booking Details

School group tickets can be booked through the Royal Opera House Groups Sales Department. 

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Venue

Royal Opera House
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 9DD

020 7304 4000

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  • Access Details

    Royal Opera House Access Membership

    The Royal Opera House Access Membership is open to any EU resident who is disabled as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act (1995 & 2005).

    We are committed to making your visit enjoyable and we can assist you in all aspects of your booking. Our dedicated team can advise you of our facilities and discuss any particular requirement.

    For information on the free Royal Opera House Access Membership and to request a registration form, please contact the Box Office on  +44 (0)20 7304 4000 or download a form (2.4MB PDF).

    Facilities and services offered to our Members include:

    • Personalized assistance in all aspects of your booking from our dedicated team.
    • Personalized seat allocation, based on your seating preferences, subject to availability.
    • Free mailing of our season guides sent to you in your preferred format (audio CD, large print or standard).
    • Same-day telephone booking for Day Tickets (subject to availability), normally only available to purchase in person at the Box Office.
    • Personalized membership card and unique membership number.
    • Priority booking and reduced price tickets for British Sign Language users for interpreted performances, subject to availability.
    • Reduced price tickets available to Members who are in receipt of disability-related benefits (proof of eligibility required, please send a photocopy along with your registration form).
    • One complimentary ticket if you require continual supervision inside the Auditorium and during the performances (please support your request with relevant evidence).

    Please allow up to three weeks for your registration to be processed.

    Access Information

    Wheelchair Access

    There are up to 19 spaces for wheelchair users in the main auditorium, which can be made available at every performance. They are in the Stalls Circle, Grand Tier, Balcony and Upper Amphitheatre level. At least one wheelchair space and companion seat will be made available for sale from 10am on the day of the performance.

    There are four spaces for wheelchair users in the Linbury Studio Theatre, in the Upper Gallery (centre). There is also access for two wheelchair users in the Clore Studio Upstairs.

    When booking wheelchair spaces please let the Box Office know if you have any particular requirements. Our Box Office and Front of House staff can also advise you of the distances to be travelled between the main foyer, auditorium, bar facilities and unisex wheelchair-accessible toilets.

    Access from the Covent Garden Piazza and Bow Street is through revolving doors which are equipped with a slow push button.

    The Box Office, Royal Opera House Shop, Information Desk and Cloakroom are situated at the entrance level below the Paul Hamlyn Hall. Counter heights at the Box Office, in the bars and at some public telephone points are designed to be accessible for wheelchair users.

    Day Tickets

    For performances which fall on a Sunday or Public Holiday, Access members may buy up to two Day Tickets on the telephone or in person in the final hour of Box Office trading on the last working day before such a performance, subject to availability.

    Access Members may buy this space subject to availability, in person or on the telephone. Please note that Day Wheelchair & Companion Spaces are not available for Galas and some visiting company performances.

    Toilets for people with Disabilities

    Unisex wheelchair-accessible toilets are located:

    • Next to the main toilet by the cloakroom off the main entrance
    • In the Link opposite the Information Point at the Box Office
    • Off the Amphitheatre bar and also close to all main auditorium wheelchair places
    • Next to toilet facilities in the Linbury Studio Theatre

    Wheelchair unisex toilets are equipped with an alarmed pull cord in case of emergency.

    In the larger group of toilets, a cubicle with grab rails is provided to assist people with mobility difficulties. These cubicles are clearly marked on the door.

    Lifts and Stairs

    There is lift access to all levels of the main auditorium except the Orchestra Stalls, which can be reached by a minimum of nine steps and a maximum of 18. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition to this, many seats in these areas and in the Grand Tier are accessible by 10 steps or less.

    You can borrow a wheelchair when you visit the ROH. Please contact the box office on +44 (0)20 7304 4000 to arrange this facility in advance.

    Sign-Language-Interpreted Performances

    For some opera productions in the main auditorium one performance is BSL interpreted. These are highlighted in the bimonthly booking brochure. Please contact the Box Office for more information.

    Surtitles are supplied for all opera performances, including those sung in English. The surtitles are projected on to a screen above the stage, or to a monitor close to the seats.

    Assisted-Hearing Facility

    One Box Office sales position, the Information Desk and bars have induction loops to assist customers with impaired hearing.

    A Trantec radio system assisted-hearing facility has been installed inside the main auditorium and the Linbury. The Clore and the Crush Room are scheduled to have the system installed in the near future.

    To benefit from the system, you are welcome to borrow a free set of headphones and a special receiver from the Front of House Duty Manager in the Main Entrance Foyer. The unit is designed to pick up a radio signal which amplifies the sound.

    Alternatively, if you wear a hearing aid, you may borrow an induction collar which can be used in conjunction with the “T” position of your aid.

    You may reserve this equipment in advance from the Box Office on +44 (0)20 7304 4000.

    Facilities for people with Visual Impairments

    On request we also provide a large-print version of the programme. Large print cast lists and synopses are available on the day of the performance. These can be collected from the Duty House Manager’s Desk in the main foyer. Menus in our restaurants are available in large print.

    Assistance Dogs

    Assistance dogs are welcome in all spaces of the Royal Opera House. If you would like your dog to remain with you during the performance, please mention this when booking your seats to ensure you are given a seat with enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of staff during the performance.

    In the case of an emergency, and only if it is safe to do so, we will try to reunite a dog with its owner prior to evacuation of the building. If not, our staff will bring your dog to the appropriate assembly point.

    Fire and Emergency

    Refuges for customers with limited mobility are located throughout the building. In the event of an evacuation, you will be escorted to the nearest refuge by a member of staff. If you have a dog with you, the dog should go to the refuge. If your dog is not with you, a member of Royal Opera House management will reunite you later.

    Restaurants and Bars

    There are many areas where refreshments are available. Please contact Royal Opera House Restaurants for more information.

    Email: restaurants@roh.org.uk

    Telephone: +44 (0)20 7212 9254

    Parking

    There is no designated parking at the Royal Opera House. The nearest car parks are a five-minute walk away. There is a drop-off point outside the Bow Street entrance. A limited number of Disabled Access Parking spaces are available in the vicinity, but are not exclusively for the use of Royal Opera House patrons.

    For more information about Accessibility at the Royal Opera House please email boxofficeaccess@roh.org.uk

    Audio descriptions

    Descriptions of a number of our performances are available on iTunesU for users who have visual impairments and want to find out more about the Royal Opera House’s productions. 

    Access Details

Travel Information

  • Nearest Train Station - Charing Cross (0.5 miles) Map
  • Nearest Tube Stop - Covent Garden (0.1 miles) Map
  • TFL offers free off peak tube travel for school parties, Mon - Fri. Find out more
  • Nearest Coach Stop - Russell Street TFL Map and Info
  • Nearest Bus Routes - 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 77a, 91, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501 (southbound only), 505, 521, X68 all go to the Aldwych, which is close to the Theatre. Plan bus journey

Recommended Package Providers

School travel operators can arrange and book all elements of a school trip, including accommodation, travel and tickets for attractions. A selection of school travel operators are listed below.

Booking Details

School group tickets can be booked through the Royal Opera House Groups Sales Department. 

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Workshops

Royal Opera House Learning

The Royal Opera House welcomes children and students of all ages, encouraging them to get involved in a broad range of activities, competitions and events. Whether offering them exclusive access behind-the-scenes at the Royal Opera House or helping them to explore their own creative skills, the Royal Opera House aims to give young people a broad insight into the professional arts industry. The programme includes:

For more details about the Royal Opera House’s extensive learning programme, visit roh.org.uk/learning

General Workshops

A range of non-show specific workshops are available which can compliment a class trip. Focusing on a wide range of techniques, including playwriting, acting, dance and producing, workshops can be tailored towards the individual requirements of your class to enhance their trip experience. For example, see