Visitor Information

See Further: the festival of science + arts is in the heart of London’s thriving South Bank, at Southbank Centre, as well as BFI Southbank, and the surrounding streets, walkways and skies.

The Festival is aimed at an audience of interested adults, families and young people – no formal academic background or training is required for any of the events, with the exception of the two academic conferences taking place as part of the Festival.

All visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The venues

Southbank Centre's iconic venues - Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Hayward Gallery and the Saison Poetry Library - its foyers, outdoor spaces and terraces, and the surrounding array of cafes, restaurants, shops and markets will all be buzzing with festival activity between 25 June and 4 July 2010.

Getting to Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

Southbank Centre is a short walk away from Covent Garden and Westminster and minutes from the Waterloo, Charing Cross and Embankment London Underground and British Rail stations.

See Southbank Centre's website for travel and access information for Southbank Centre.

Getting to BFI Southbank

A short walk from Southbank Centre, BFI Southbank (previously the National Film Theatre) is home to world-renowned archive, cinemas, festivals, films, publications and learning resources, and includes cafe, restuarant and exhibition areas.

To complement See Further: Festival of Science + Arts, BFI Southbank are running Film Science and Future Human, two seasons of science-inspired films and events in June, July and August, including several events during the Festival.

BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road
South Bank

BFI Southbank is a short walk away from Covent Garden and Westminster and minutes from the Waterloo, Charing Cross and Embankment London Underground and British Rail stations.

See BFI Southbank's website for detailed visitor and travel information and for access information.

Visiting the events and exhibitions

Please see the individual event listings for details of the times, venue, suggested audiences, and booking requirements.

Please note that for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, booking is only required for school groups and organised groups of 12 or more visitors.

How to book events at Southbank Centre

Unless otherwise stated please book:
online at (£1.45 transaction fee*)
by telephone on 08448479943 (£2.50 transaction fee*)
in person at Royal Festival Hall 10am-8pm daily

*No transaction fee for members

Please note that a limited number of half-price tickets are available for events at Southbank Centre for recipients of Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit, those aged 16 and under and full-time students. Appropriate cards to be shown and discounts cannot be combined.

Admittance policy

Admittance to the Festival is at the discretion of the respective venues and/or the Royal Society.

By purchasing or attending events or exhibitions in Southbank Centre, you agree to abide by its terms and conditions, and by purchasing or attending events in BFI Southbank, you agree to abide by its house rules.

No dogs or other pets are permitted, except for guide dogs.

Smoking is not permitted in Southbank Centre's auditoria, foyers or galleries or in other areas as designated.

Toilets, Cloakrooms and Baby Changing facilities

There are public toilets and baby changing facilities in Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery. Cloakrooms in Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall are open just before concerts and are free. BFI Southbank also offers toilets and baby changing facilities to its patrons.

Accessibility and special requirements

Southbank Centre's website has detailed information on access at Southbank Centre.

BFI Southbank access information is available on its website.

Eating and drinking

A wide variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and snack areas are available at Southbank Centre and BFI Southbank.

You are also welcome to bring our own food and drink and eat in Royal Festival Hall or Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer spaces, which have open seating and tables.

Recording, photography, video and webcasting

Cameras and recording equipment, etc. are not allowed in auditoria.

In other areas, personal, non-commercial photography is permitted, but visitors are requested to not use flash and to ask permission of the Summer Science Exhibition exhibitors before taking photographs of their exhibits.

Members of the press should make themselves known to a member of the venue's press team before commencing their visit.

In return for access to the Festival (including the exhibition areas in Southbank Centre), you irrevocably consent to the photography, filming, recording or live broadcasting/streaming to any Royal Society, Southbank Centre, BFI Southbank, performer's, sponsor's or exhibitor's (collectively, the Festival providers) website and subsequent broadcast, reproduction and use of the photography, film or recording for the purposes of furthering the Festival providers' charitable objectives, through whatever media worldwide. This includes any question or comment you make during any event, which you also consent to the Festival providers' reproducing and publishing in any transcript or other printed record of the event or any part of it.