Go behind-the-scenes on exclusive tours for alumni and guests

Old favourites the Queen's Tower and Tunnels tours will be joined by new campus and research facility tours, the Royal Albert Hall, and a walking tour of Albertopolis, led by a Blue Badge guide.

Responding to feedback from previous years, all tours are bookable in advance and will only be available to those alumni and guests who have already registered for the Alumni WeekendOur tours have proved so popular that many are already sold out so we’re working hard to add even more events to the programme. Register for the Alumni Weekend by Thursday 27 April to be eligible to book these final tour tickets. All registered alumni will receive an email with a special password to access tour and workshop tickets. Check the individual listings on our timetable to see which tours still have tickets available. Some of these events carry a small extra cost in addition to your £5 registration for the Alumni Weekend. Find out what your pass includes »


Tour details - Albertopolis, Royal Albert Hall, Queen's Tower

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Albertopolis: A South Kensington walking tour

Join Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky as she celebrates the unique cultural power of ‘Albertopolis’, the 87 acres of land in South Kensington purchased after the Great Exhibition for the establishment of Imperial College, the V&A, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Art and the Royal College of Music. Learn how Prince Albert's vision was turned into a reality by a team of eminent Victorians on this fascinating tour of the local area. Tickets £10.

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Royal Albert Hall

From Handel to Adele: The Royal Albert Hall Grand Tour

For over sixty years Imperial graduates have crossed the stage of the Royal Albert Hall to collect their degree certificates. Experience the excitement inside one of the world’s most famous venues on a Royal Albert Hall Grand Tour. Join a knowledgeable and friendly Royal Albert Hall tour guide on a fascinating journey through the iconic building's unique history, incredible architecture and legendary performances. Tickets £10.

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Queen's Tower

Iconic Imperial: The Queen's Tower

As the tallest free-standing building in London without a lift, the Queen’s Tower offers spectacular views over London. The Queen’s Tower is all that remains of the old Imperial Institute, so this is a unique opportunity to visit the College’s most historic landmark and experience its rich history for yourself. Join one of our friendly student tour guides as they take you on a truly memorable climb to the top. Tickets £5.

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Tour details - Tunnels, Campus, Hackspace

Imperial tunnels

What lies beneath: Imperial Tunnels tour

Rumours range from the discovery of a mummified body to tunnellers being stopped by military police with machine guns. Surrounded by mystery, a network of tunnels lies under the South Kensington campus. Investigate the myths that have become campus legend in this truly unique tour. Tickets £5.

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Campus tour

Imperial now: Student campus tour

Are you curious about what has changed at Imperial or do you simply want to reminisce? Revisit your old haunts, check out new developments on campus and find out more about current life for students at our South Kensington campus. Our knowledgeable student tour guides can help you discover new areas of the College that you might not know from your time here, and it’s a great way to show off your old campus to family and friends. Tickets free to registered alumni.

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Transforming ideas: Advanced Hackspace tour

Since its launch in mid-2014, the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace (ICAH) has helped to transform the development of new ideas and prototypes at the College. With over 1,800 members from all faculties across the college, from medics to scientists to engineers to business students, it’s a truly dynamic environment, that’s home to cutting edge commercial prototyping technologies and pioneering advances. Join a member of the Hackspace team for an eye-opening tour, and discover more about how this space is powering some of the College’s most innovative developments. Tickets free to registered alumni.

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Coming soon...

Teaching Imperial: Research facilities tours

Go behind-the-scenes and expore the Data Science Institute, Flight Simulator, Cancer Research UK Imperial Centre, Hydrodynamics Lab, Carbon Capture Pilot Plant and our state-of-the-art inflatable mobile planetarium dome.

We're pleased to announce that tickets for research facility tours will be available to registered alumni on Friday 28 April. View individual tour schedules on the weekend timetable. Tickets are free to registered alumni.

Get in touch

For more information please feel free to contact us by email at alumni.weekend@imperial.ac.uk or by telephone on +44 (0)20 7594 6138 (the Alumni Weekend hotline is open from 10.00 to 16.00, Monday to Friday). Find out who else is coming to the Alumni Weekend by checking our online directory.