Visit the Royal Courts of Justice

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Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand WC2A 2LL

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
Building: 9 AM to 4.30 PM (Mon-Fri) – Court cases: Usually 10.30 AM to 1 PM, and 2 PM to 4.30 PM (Mon-Fri)
Visiting hours are subject to change
Ticket cost:
Adults free entry
Time required:
A typical visit to Royal Courts of Justice lasts 1-1½ hours (approx)

Getting to Royal Courts of Justice

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Craig recommends… Here’s my review of a Royal Courts of Justice tour, and what it’s like to watch a trial. Whilst you’re in the vicinity of the Royal Courts you could go and have a look at Temple Bar and Temple Church in Fleet Street. Somerset House is only a short walk down the Strand (home to the Courtauld Gallery). And there are a couple of nearby churches that are worth a look as well: St. Clement Danes and St. Dunstan-in-the-West.

The Royal Courts of Justice in London

History of the Royal Courts of Justice

Its architectural style might be pure 13th-century, but the Royal Courts of Justice was actually designed by George Edmund Street in the 1870s.

The Victorian’s love with Gothic fits well in the Strand, and has made it one of the capital’s most beloved buildings.

Outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Watching a trial at the Royal Courts of Justice

High-profile civil cases are contested here: financial cases, libel cases, slander and divorce. If you want to see a criminal case like a bank robbery or assault then you need to go to the Old Bailey instead.

You can often see a famous face or two giving an interview outside in front of a bank of cameras, after they descend the steps in victory… or defeat.

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> Craig’s review of Royal Courts of Justice – “I'm back in court again... off to see the judge this time. I've got my toothbrush and my pyjamas all packed in case he wants to put me away. I should be alright though -- I'm only here to watch a trial. I came on a tour the other day so I thought I'd come back and see something for real. I'm sitting in the same little cafe as last time, but there's actually some peop… continued”

Events at the Royal Courts of Justice

Watch a case at the Royal Courts of Justice From

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