Guided tour of the Royal Courts of Justice (Jan 2017)

Address:
, The Strand, London 51.514143 -0.113742
Dates & Time:
Various dates throughout the month (Mon-Fri)
The dates are not provided anywhere -- you need to telephone or email them to find out the next available date
Tours start at either 11 AM or 2 PM, and last for 2 hours
Tickets & Cost:
Adult £12; Senior (over-60) £10; Child (under-14) £5
Tickets must be booked in advance
See justice.gov.uk for details
Taxis:
Book a minicab near Royal Courts of Justice
Buses:
1, 4, 11, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 91, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68
Bus fares in London
Trains:
Chancery Lane CNT, Holborn CNT PCL, Temple CRC DSC
The closest station to Royal Courts of Justice is Temple
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Royal Courts of Justice Guided Tour Easy to get to? Good for kids?
Value for money? Worth a visit? 1 0 3

The Royal Courts of Justice is one of London's most dramatic buildings. Its mock-Gothic exterior makes it look like a fairytale castle, and its stone, echoing entrance hall makes it seem like a cathedral. A lot of the courtrooms are very atmospheric with their wood-panneled walls, vaulted ceilings and bookcases filled with dusty leather tomes.

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

The tour is split into two halves. The first part lasts for about an hour, and consists of you sitting inside one of the courtrooms listening to the guide. He'll take you through the history of the building, and give you a crash course in the British judicial system. You will then be taken on a 30-minute walk around some of the finest rooms, including the Crypt, the Great Hall, the Painted Room, plus a little exhibition of judges wigs and gowns upstairs.

Craig has tried this tour himself and given it a mixed review on his blog. He still thinks it's worth doing simply to see the interior architecture, but the sixty-minute monologue at the beginning is hard work. There are times when it seems more like a lecture than a tour. Feel free to ask him some questions before you go, if you're wondering whether its worth it.

If you enjoy the tour then maybe you'd like to come back and watch a real-life court case. Craig has been to see one of those as well, and he definitely recommends doing that. Read his review of a court case to see what it's like (he recommends this more than a tour).

Note: If you'd rather walk around yourself for free, without a guide, then you can simply turn up Monday to Friday and pass through security. A leaflet is usually available on the reception desk which suggests a good walking route around the building.

 

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