Visitor Information

About the exhibition

The Summer Science Exhibition is an annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the UK.

It is open to members of the public and is free to attend.

Alongside the exhibits, there are a series of events held during the exhibition.

Address

6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

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Public transport

  • Underground stations: Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus

  • Bus routes: 12, 13, 15 and 453.

  • Coach station: Connections from Victoria coach station

The Mall & St James's Park closures

Closures for the Olympic and Paralympic events may affect your journey to The Royal Society. Parts of St James's Park, The Mall and Horse Guards Parade are temporarily closed, as shown on this map. Access to Carlton House Terrace remains available through the Admiralty Arch from Trafalgar Square, or via Pall Mall.

For more information on how preparations for the Olympics might affect your journey, please check http://www.getaheadofthegames.com

Car and coach parking

We are located within the congestion charge zone. On-street parking on Carlton House Terrace and Waterloo Place is available for up to four hours, for £3.30 - £4.40 per hour. Westminster City Council's Trafalgar Square car park is also close by.

Chartered coaches are able to drop off and pick up in front of the building but are unable to park. There are several coach parks nearby.

Terrace Café

A café serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks will be available during opening hours. This is down 9 steps so unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible.

Admittance policy

The exhibition is aimed at an audience of interested adults and young people over the age of 12. No formal science background or training is required. Younger children may also attend if accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. All visitors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Admittance to the Exhibition is at the discretion of the Society. Visitors are requested to be respectful to other visitors and staff and to comply with instruction given to them by Royal Society staff. The Society reserves the right to eject visitors, or to ban them from attending future Royal Society events.

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

Bookings for school groups has now closed. If you would like to bring a non-school group (12 or more visitors) then please contact us beforehand.

Accessibility

There are four steps from street level to the doorway. There is a wheelchair lift at the entrance which is operable by reception staff. Please use the buzzer to the right of the entrance steps.

If you would like a wheelchair space at an event, please contact us in advance so that we can ensure it is reserved for you, and arrive at least twenty minutes before the start of the event.

The Terrace Café is down 9 steps so unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible.

There are a limited number of parking spaces immediately outside the front door which may be booked in advance by visitors with a Blue Badge disabled parking permit. To book a space, please contact the reception desk on 020 7451 2500.

There is a disabled toilet on the ground floor behind the reception area.

Recording and photography

Please ask for the exhibitors' permission before taking photographs of their exhibits. Please do not use flash.

We ask that you do not take photographs or make recordings of our painting, other artwork or building features. 

In return for access to the event, you irrevocably consent to the photography, filming, recording or live broadcasting/streaming to any Royal Society or any exhibitor's website and subsequent broadcast, reproduction and use of the photography, film or recording for the purposes of furthering the Royal Society's charitable objectives, through whatever media worldwide. This includes any question or comment you make at the event, which you also consent to the Royal Society reproducing and publishing in any transcript or other printed record of the event or any part of it.

Toilets

The main toilets are in the basement (accessible by lift). There is a disabled toilet on the ground floor behind the reception area. Unfortunately baby changing facilities are not available.