Watch a real-life court case at the Old Bailey

Address:
, Corner of Newgate and Old Bailey Street, The City, London51.515491 -0.101998
Tel:
0207 248 3277

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays and the day immediately after a Bank Holiday)
Courts usually sit from 9.55 AM to 12.40 PM, and then 1.55 PM to 3.40 PM
Sittings are reduced throughout August
Tickets & Cost:
Free to watch from the public galleries
Groups need to call in advance (maximum of 20 people)
Children under the age of 14 are not allowed, and proof of age may be requested
You must dress appropriately
See cityoflondon.gov.uk

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Obviously this is not somewhere you can go for a giggle and a chat, because it's a deadly serious business, but watching a court case at the Old Bailey can be a real eye-opener.

This is real-life... but without the drama that you see on TV. You don't see barristers banging their fists on the table, people shouting out 'He's been framed!', and the judge shouting out 'Order! Order!' to calm things down -- that's all for the movies. It's very slow and methodical, with lots of detailed talk about things you probably won't understand. But if you have a genuine interest in law, or you just want to see the long arm of the law in action, then it's an interesting way to pass an hour.

Craig has never been to the Old Bailey, but he has been to see a court case at the Royal Courts of Justice. You might like to read his review on his blog before you go, to get a taste of the atmosphere inside a court (it's quite intimidating!). After it's all over maybe you could look around some of the landmarks in The City -- buildings like the Bank of England, Royal Exchange and Mansion House.

Note: Seats are very limited inside and there are no storage facilities whatsoever -- so make sure you leave your big bags, cameras and mobile phones at home, as you won't get them past security. You also have to dress appropriately, so men should forget the vests and shorts, and women should avoid low-cut tops and short skirts. Kids under the age of 14 won't get inside, either, and they may ask for proof of age if they look close.

 

 Guest – “Why is it crucial to have ID for high profile cases. I am a law student having the right about old bailey and i wanted to include this. Thank you”

Admin – “that's something you'll ask the old bailey. they'll probably just say it's to do with security = high profile case, high security”

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