Guided tour of the Royal Courts of Justice

Address:
Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London 51.514143 -0.113742
Dates & Time:
Various dates throughout the month
The dates are not provided anywhere -- you need to telephone or email them to find out the next available date
See justice.gov.uk for details
Tours start at either 11 AM or 2 PM, and last for 2 hours
You can also visit the courts by yourself, and just pick up a self-guided tour leaflet from the front desk
Tickets & Cost:
Adult £12; Senior (over-60) £10; Child (under-14) £5
Tickets must be booked in advance
See justice.gov.uk for details
Parking:
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Buses:
The following bus routes go near Royal Courts of Justice: 1, 4, 11, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 91, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68
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Trains:
The best London underground train stations to visit Royal Courts of Justice are Chancery Lane Holborn Temple
Note: The actual closest train station to Royal Courts of Justice is Temple
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The Royal Courts of Justice is one of London's most dramatic buildings, and its mock-Gothic exterior is easily matched by its cathedral-like entrance hall. Some of the courtrooms are very evocative with wood-panneled walls, vaulted ceilings and bookcases filled with leather-bound tomes.

The best way of seeing the inside (short of committing a crime -- which we don't recommend), is through a guided tour.

The first part lasts for about an hour, and consists of a talk inside one of the courtrooms, where you will learn about the UK judicial system and the history of the building. You will then be taken on a 30-minute walk around some of the finest rooms including the Crypt, the Great Hall, Painted Room, plus a little exhibition of judges gowns.

Craig has tried the tour out and given it a mixed review, but it's worth a look just for the interior architecture. If you enjoy it then maybe you'd like to come back and see a court case for real. Craig has done that too, and he recommends giving it a try.

Note: Tours must be booked in advance through the tour organiser, whom you need to contact either by telephone or via email to find out the next available dates. See this page for the contact details. If you'd rather walk around yourself for free, without a guide, then you can simply turn up and go through security. A leaflet is usually available on the reception desk which suggests a good walking route around the building.

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