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 WeekendAll 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. 

New ticket releases:

Flight simulator

Teaching Imperial: Flight Simulator tour

Try your hand at flying with Imperial’s own flight simulator. This full motion simulator is used to investigate the handling qualities and performance of existing and future aircraft. Tickets free to registered alumni.

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Carbon Capture Pilot Plant

Teaching Imperial: Carbon Capture

Visit the futuristic Carbon Capture Pilot Plant in the heart of London. Marvel at this futuristic process, which stretches over four floors and provides a vital resource in understanding how carbon dioxide can be captured and stored. Tickets free to registered alumni.

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Cancer lab

Teaching Imperial: Cancer Research UK Imperial Centre tour

Tour our Cancer Research UK facilities, helping us to beat cancer sooner. Explore some of the cancer labs at Imperial and meet the world-class scientists who carry out groundbreaking work within them. Tickets free to registered alumni.

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Tour details - DSI, Planetarium, Fossil

Data Science Institute

Teaching Imperial: Data Science Institute tour

Change your perspective, change your view and step into a universe of pure surround vision: 64 monitors powered by 32 computers, generating a 313 degree cave with the capability of projecting astonishing observations of data in engineering, personalised medicine, and discovery science. A unique space, the Data Observatory enables academics and industry to visualise data in a way that uncovers new insights, and promotes the communication and analysis of complex data sets. Free to registered alumni.

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Teaching Imperial: Planetarium tour

Imperial's Outreach team and the Physics department bring you the chance to explore stars and constellations that are usually obscured by light pollution in a modern city, in this state-of-the-art inflatable mobile planetarium dome. This 360-degree cosmic experience is not to be missed so we invite you to step inside and explore the universe without even leaving Imperial. Free to registered alumni.

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Royal School of Mines

Teaching Imperial: Fossil tour

Take an expedition through time with the geology that Imperial is made from. Explore the growth of crystals in magmas and get an insight into the creation of the Earth's land masses and crust. Discover the history hidden around Imperial in paving slabs, limestones, marble and fossils. Learn about metamorphism and plate techtonics, unearth a story of volcanic eruptions and consider the formation of the solar system on this fascinating tour for alumni. Free to registered alumni.

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Some tickets still available:

V and A

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 2014, Imperial College Advanced Hackspace has helped to transform the development of new ideas and prototypes at the College. With over 1,800 members across all faculties, 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. Discover how this space is powering some of our most innovative developments. Tickets free to registered alumni.

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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.