The Summer Science Exhibition is an annual display of the most cutting-edge science and technology in the UK. This free, week-long festival features 22 exhibits and a series of inspiring talks and activities for all ages. Meet the scientists, discover the exciting research and technology they work on and have fun with exciting hands-on activities.
The exhibition is suitable for all ages. Public entry is free and no advance registration is required. However, school groups need to register in advance. Visit our schools and colleges page for more information.
Download the full programme (PDF)
We are centrally located, easily accessible by public transport and just a short walk from several London attractions such as Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.
Our address is:
The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
Please note there is no step-free access to the building from The Mall. If you require step-free access, we recommend that you approach the building from the north side, via Pall Mall or Piccadilly.
Public transport links:
Please check TfL before you travel for the latest travel news.
The Pride in London Festival will take place on Saturday 6 July, and will disrupt general travel around the Piccadilly area, with road closures likely to impact step-free routes to the building. For more information about the parade visit the Pride in London website.
On Tuesday 2 July there will be a late night opening of the exhibition for adults only, with an evening of special talks and activities.
|Monday 1 July||11am - 6pm|
Tuesday 2 July
Summer Science Exhibition Lates (adults only)
10am - 4pm
6pm - 10pm
|Wednesday 3 July||10am - 4.30pm|
|Thursday 4 July||10am - 4.30pm|
|Friday 5 July||10am - 6pm|
|Saturday 6 July||10am - 6pm|
|Sunday 7 July||10am - 6pm|
Please inform a member of staff at any point during your visit if you need any help.
Please note: Security checks will be in operation during the exhibition. There can be queues to enter the building. Please think about the luggage or bags you are bringing to help us speed up the checking process. If you are planning to attend a talk or activity, ensure that you leave enough time to queue for entrance to the building as well.
If you have any questions ahead of your visit, contact Amy Fry on +44 20 7451 2582 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For schools or colleges, visit our schools and colleges page, or contact email@example.com
During the weekend, we encourage families to come and explore the exhibition. A special programme of family shows and hands-on activities will be run, suitable for all ages. There will be a Kids' zone located in the café with science experiments for under 10s and a menu of child-friendly food and drink available for purchase.
Baby changing facilities are located in both the male and female toilets. Buggy parking space is also available on the ground floor.
Take a break at our café, situated on the basement floor. The café offers a selection of hot dishes, salads, sandwiches, cakes and a range of hot and cold beverages.
The café is open throughout the exhibition and closes 30 minutes before closing time each day.
Food and hot drinks will not be allowed around the exhibition.
The Royal Society aims to have an inclusive environment for everyone engaged in the organisation’s work.
During the exhibition you may be asked to complete a survey and your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence. All data disclosed will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. Find out more about the equality, diversity and inclusion work of the Royal Society.
You are welcome to take photos and video during the exhibition within reason, but please be aware that people wearing an orange 'no photography' sticker should not be filmed or photographed. Any images that contain an individual wearing an orange sticker should be deleted.
Children should not be filmed or photographed without first obtaining their guardian's consent.
The Royal Society will also be taking photographs and filming during the event. These may be used to promote the Society's activities and could include print or digital media. If you don't wish to be photographed or filmed, please go to the information desk on arrival or speak to a member of staff to collect a 'no photography' sticker.
For all enquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 20 7451 2582.
Above: Hear from Professor Brian Cox on why the Summer Science Exhibition is not to be missed.