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RCMJD visit days

RCMJD students socialising
Visiting the RCMJD is by application only and is a friendly and informal way to get to know more about what we do. Booking is required, please see below.

Visit Days in 2022-23

Visit opportunities for the 2022-23 autumn term are now full. Details of further visit opportunities will be published via the website in the new year. We regret that we are not able to offer any further visit opportunities until that time. 

If you would like to receive a notification once visit opportunities are published, please click the link below.

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Information about Visit Days

RCMJD visit days are an opportunity to see the RCM building in-person and to meet the RCMJD team. The dates and format of a visit day will be confirmed in autumn 2022.

Please note that attendance at a visit day is not compulsory before applying to the Junior Department, as a later opportunity will be provided for successful auditionees to visit the department before the response to offer deadline.

Advance booking

Advance booking is necessary as space is limited. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis depending on your age and the instrument you study.

Parents

Due to restrictions on visitor numbers, only one parent/guardian will be able to accompany the visiting student.

Instruments

Instruments are not needed on a visit day. This is an observational day and we regret that we cannot involve you in any practical music-making activities that will require an instrument. You'll have to wait until audition to show us how brilliant you are!

Refreshments

Refreshments, if required, can be purchased in our canteen.

About your application to attend our Visit Day

Though we can't acknowledge receipt of your application, we will aim to let you know whether we can accommodate you as soon as we can. 

Cancelling attendence at our Visit Day

If having been booked on a visit day you find you are no longer able to attend, please do let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the place to someone on the waiting list.

Getting to the RCM

The Royal College of Music is easy to reach on foot from notable locations in the Kensington area and is well connected to public transport. Limited parking is available for those travelling by car.

Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
London SW7 2BS
+44 (0)20 7591 4300

Travelling by train or Underground

All local stations are in TfL fare zone 1. 

London Underground

The closest station is South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines), which is a 10–15 minute walk from the RCM.

Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines) is a 15 minute walk from the RCM. High Street Kensington station (Circle and District lines) is a 20 minute walk or 10 minutes by bus.

Night Tube services run on the Piccadilly line on Friday and Saturday evenings, providing Underground connections from South Kensington and Gloucester Road throughout the night.

Live travel information

South Kensington closed to Piccadilly line trains

Piccadilly line trains will not be stopping at South Kensington station until Summer 2022.

National Rail

The closest mainline stations are London Paddington and London Victoria. The RCM can be reached from any London terminal by Underground, bus or taxi.

Live travel information

Travelling by bus or coach

London Buses

Bus number 360 stops directly outside the RCM on Prince Consort Road.

Buses 9, 2352 and 452 pass the Royal Albert Hall.

The number 70 travels along Queen's Gate.

Many other services run to South KensingtonKensington High Street and Knightsbridge from surrounding areas.

A comprehensive system of night buses operates between Central London and the rest of the city. The N9 passes the Royal Albert Hall and connects with other major routes at Trafalgar Square.

Live travel information 

Coaches

Scheduled coach services run to destinations nationwide from Victoria Coach Station.

Travelling by bicycle

A Santander Cycles docking station is located on Prince Consort Road, adjacent to the RCM. There are several alternative docking stations nearby.

There are also a limited number of facilities for securing private bicycles on Prince Consort Road and in the surrounding area.

Parking near the RCM

There is metered parking on Prince Consort Road and the surrounding area. It costs £3.70 per hour for a maximum of four hours and is free after 6.30pm and on Sundays.

Other car parks and street parking are available in the South Kensington area, but spaces are often limited. Please check availability and restrictions before you travel.

There are designated motorbike bays in the area surrounding the Royal Albert Hall.

Disabled parking bays

There are a limited number of disabled parking bays managed by Westminster Borough Council on Prince Consort Road and in the area around the Royal Albert Hall, which are within 175 metres ofthe RCM. In addition, there are spaces managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Exhibition Road, which are within 600 metres of the RCM.