Abbey Road: Open House

Your chance to step inside Abbey Road to celebrate 90 years of the most famous Studio in the world

 

For one week in August, Abbey Road Studios opens its doors to the public, offering a rare glimpse inside the legendary studios

9 August - 15 August 2021
 

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Running daily from 9 August to 15 August, Abbey Road: Open House is part of Abbey Road Studios' 90th anniversary celebrations, taking guests on a specially curated journey through the Studios' history. For the first time ever, visitors will be able to explore all three of the original recording rooms made famous by artists from Shirley Bassey, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush to Oasis, Kanye West, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Frank Ocean and discover the stories that made Abbey Road a legend. Beyond the Studios, visitors will be able to access the control rooms and the famous Studio Two Echo Chamber - all with a rich history dating back to 1931.

Giving more access than ever before, ticketholders will be able to explore the Studios' legacy of innovation from the patenting of stereo to the invention of numerous recording techniques still used across the globe today. The Open House will also cover the Studios' rich history of film scoring and demonstrate how the studios have been used to record the music from some of the biggest movies ever made, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, many of the Harry Potter, Marvel and Star Wars films, Black Panther, The Kings Speech, and the Oscar winning scores for Gravity and The Shape of Water.

 
 

An unmissable event for Summer 2021

Combining unseen images, film and artefacts, the Open House will also allow guests to see the legendary recording consoles, equipment and instruments that have shaped recorded music history and defined popular culture.

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What to expect...

History of Abbey Road

Home to countless landmark recordings and ground-breaking advances in audio technology, discover why Abbey Road is the world's most famous recording studio through a carefully curated selection of images, film and artefacts

Discover legendary recording consoles, equipment and instruments

From the illustrious EMI TG Mk3 recording console to the famous ‘Mrs Mills’ piano, during your visit you’ll see some of the most well known pieces from Abbey Road’s extensive equipment stores

Explore each of the three original studios

With access to Studios One, Two and Three, as well as their control rooms and the Studio Two echo chamber, the visit will be the first time that visitors have had the chance to see so much of the Studios

 

Plan Your Visit

 
IMPORTANT MEASURES IN PLACE

In order to ensure you can safely enjoy your visit, the following measures will be in place during your visit:
•Ticket buyers will book a timed starting slot in advance, designed to help us regulate the flow of guests through the building.
•There will be a one-way route through the Studios for guests to follow which will be clearly signposted through the building. We’ve created a simple map to show you the route – here.

•Given the nature of some of the items on display during the tour, guests will be asked NOT to take any photographs or videos at all during their visit.

Other necessary measures such as the use of face masks, or the need for social distancing through the building will be reviewed in line with government guidelines at the time of the exhibition. Guests will be notified of any adjustments or additional requirements in advance of their visit.
 
ACCESS

Abbey Road Studios warmly welcomes visitors with disabilities and their companions. The Studios are accessible throughout, with flat level access and a lift to all floors included in the exhibition. However, in order for us to ensure you have the best experience during your visit, we’d love to hear from you in advance if you have any special access requirements. Drop us a line at events@abbeyroad.com.

We have a limited number of Blue Badge car parking spaces available for ticket buyers who may need them. They will be allocated on a reservation basis, so again, please let us know if you would like to book one for your visit on events@abbeyroad.com.
 
AGE LIMITS

Given the nature of the exhibition, with close access to various rare and unusual pieces of equipment from our archives, the tour is only suitable for those aged 13+.

Those aged 13-16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
 
FILMING & PHOTOGRAPHY

Given the nature of some of the items on display during the exhibition, guests will be asked NOT to take any photographs or videos at all during their visit.

In order to ensure that you are still able to use your mobile phone during your visit, but NOT the camera features, we will be using a system called Cam-Block – a small piece of sticky tape which will be applied to the camera on your phone to prevent photos from being taken. This tamper-proof tape will be removed by our team at the end of your visit to ensure that no photos have been taken.
 
OTHER GUIDANCE

We expect your visit to last for roughly 90 minutes, depending on how quickly you choose to make your way through the exhibition.

You will book a 15-minute start time for your visit. We would ask that you arrive at the beginning of your start slot and our team at the Studios will then guide you as to when your tour will begin to ensure there is sufficient distance between you and the group ahead of you.

If you are late for your start slot, our team will do their best to find the next available time for you to begin your visit, but it may not be possible to re-accommodate you depending on availability throughout the day.

Given the nature of the tour, with close access to various rare and unusual pieces of equipment from our archives, you will not be allowed to consume food or drinks during your visit.

Toilets will be available onsite for guests to use.

You can find the floor plans of the Open House here
 
SECURITY & BAG POLICY

We’d ask that guests don’t bring large bags or luggage with them for their visit as there will be nowhere to store them at the Studio and taking them around the building will not be possible.

Bags smaller than 35cm x 40cm x 18cm will be permitted. See here.

For everyone’s safety, any handbags, small rucksacks, packages or personal items may be searched before entry.
 

Contact Us and Getting to the studios

Events Team

020 7266 7350
events@abbeyroad.com 

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Abbey Road Studios

3 Abbey Road
London
NW8 9AY
UK

Please note that Abbey Road is a working studio and business and as such, is not open to the general public for visits or tours. For information on vacancies and internships in the UK, please visit the Universal Music website.