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Explore the history and architectural highlights of Carlton House Terrace during Open House weekend, the home of the UK’s national academy of science.

On 17 and 18 September, the largest annual festival of architecture and design returned to the capital. Over the weekend, visitors were able to discover the secrets of the Grade I listed, Nash-designed town houses that are home to the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Self-guided tour booklets were available on the door, and the rich history of the building could be further explored on one of the guided tours. 

An exclusive exhibition of the Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition 2016 was open throughout the weekend, showcasing the stunning finalists from this year’s entries. 

What is Open House?

Open House is a simple but powerful concept: hundreds of great buildings of all types and periods open up their doors to all, completely without charge. 

This unique opportunity to access and understand architecture is a challenge to look at everyday buildings anew, and communicates the value of a well-designed city to everybody who uses it. For more information visit the Open House website.

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Take a virtual tour of the Royal Society