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Royal Opera House

KidRated’s Royal Opera House Top Tips:

  • Check when the free screenings are on in London and plan an opera picnic
  • Go to a Royal Opera House Family Sunday and get special access to costumes and stage combat performances
  • Order some splendid high tea in the Paul Hamlyn Hall – have your cakes and eat them!


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The Royal Opera House is home to two of the world’s most famous artistic companies: The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. It has an amazing in-house orchestra and is open to the public during the day. There’s so much for kids to see and do at this beautiful venue, including children’s operas, family fun days, activities and games, such as trying on costumes and combat demonstrations.


If you’re worried about the cost, check out the family scheme and free cinema screenings of past productions around London over the summer.

Backstage tours offer a great introduction to the history of opera and the theatre, looking at aspects of current productions, an insight into how the theatre has changed, and even viewings of Royal Ballet rehearsals.


The ROH holds exhibitions celebrating the world-class artists, technicians and craftspeople who work there and special events and workshops to give kids an opportunity to learn about opera in an exciting way.


Accessibility is a high priority, with 19 wheelchair spaces in the main auditorium, that can be made available for every performance, plus a waiter service for wheelchair users, accessible toilets, and lift access. For some productions there are sign-language-interpreted performances.



Booking Advice:

  • Tickets for tours are limited and work on a first come, first served basis
  • 100 tickets for Family Sunday are available on the day from 10am
  • Buy tickets now for upcoming shows at The Royal Opera House 



Royal Opera House
Bow Street
Covent Garden


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About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • Don’t be put off thinking the kids, or you, won’t be able to follow the story as we’ve never had that problem and operas are often very funny.
  • Backstage tours are for over 8s and especially those who want to get close to the costumes and see behind-the-scenes.
  • You can usually use the cafe and look over Covent Garden Piazza but this area is being glazed during the Open Up work. When it’s completed you can still come in to see the view for free.
  • Try a Welcome Performance for an introduction to opera.

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  1. Carla

    The behind the scenes tour was amazing! See how the stage works and how BIG it all is. And watch the dancers rehearsing, see them making the fantastic costumes…. Really, badger your parents until they take you. (From a 43yr old big kid!) I could have stayed watching the rehearsals for hours…..

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