Old Palaces Tour, at Somerset House

Address:
, The Strand, London 51.510732 -0.116938
Dates & Time:
Every Tuesday at 12:45 PM and 2.15 PM
The tours last for approximately one hour
Tickets & Cost:
Free, but you still need a ticket
Tickets are available from 10.30 AM from the information desk in Seamen's Hall (South Building). There is a maximum of six tickets per person.
See for more information
Telephone:
The contact number for Somerset House is +44 (0) 207 845 4600
Minicabs:
Book a minicab near Somerset House
Buses:
The following bus routes go near Somerset House: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91, 176
London bus fares 2017
Trains:
The best London underground train stations to visit Somerset House are Covent Garden Embankment Temple
Note: The actual closest train station to Somerset House is Temple
London train fares 2017
  Buy a travelcard
  Buy a Visitor Oyster card
  Buy a London Pass
Disclaimer: London Drum has no association with Somerset House. Whilst we make every effort to ensure the event information is accurate, events in London are sometimes cancelled or amended without us being notified. You should always reconfirm the event with Somerset House before making plans

Somerset House always lays on a couple of free walks each week. The first one is called the 'Old Palaces Tour', which explores the history of the site before the current building even existed.

In recent years this site has been home to a tax office and an art gallery, but in the past it used to house three of the Stuart queens: Anne of Denmark, Henrietta Maria and Catherine of Braganza.

The tour will also include a look inside the usually inaccessible Strand Lane Bath. Guidebooks refer to this as a Roman Bath, but it's now believed to be a water cistern that fed the plants in Somerset House. (Craig has been to see these so-called 'Roman Baths' himself, and written a review on his blog.)

Note: If you're more interested in the architecture then you might prefer their other free tour: Historical Highlights at Somerset House.

 

Got a question?
Talk about Old Palaces Tour at Somerset House

More events:
Somerset House events in London

If you like royal events at Somerset House, then you might also like these other London events…

Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle – Every dayVisit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle, the world's oldest inhabited castle, and the Royal Family's home for over 1000 years.

Exclusive evening tour of Buckingham Palace – 24th March to 1st May 2017 (Fri-Sun)Enjoy a glass of champagne and a tour of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, in the company of an expert guide.

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace – 2nd to 30th April 2017The 'Changing the Guard' ceremony at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see events for every tourist's itinerary.

41-gun salute, to mark the Queen’s Coronation – 2nd June 2017The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will be firing a 41-gun salute to mark the 64th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

62-gun salute to mark the Queen’s Coronation – 2nd June 2017The HAC will be firing a 62-gun salute by the Tower of London, to mark the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation in 1953.

41-gun salute to mark Prince Philip’s birthday – 10th June 2017The KTRHA will be firing a 41-gun salute for Prince Philip in Hyde Park, to mark the Duke of Edinburgh's 96th birthday.

62-gun salute, to mark Prince Philip’s birthday – 10th June 2017The HAC will be firing off a 62-gun salute by Gun Wharf at the Tower of London, to honour Prince Philip's 96th birthday.

 

Buy our London guidebook 2017 – (read a free sample first)

500 pages packed with money saving tips, reviews, photos and street maps

Honest reviews of London’s most popular attractions and landmarks

Example itineraries – two weeks of ideas, including one week for kids

Insider tips – look inside Hampton Court, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s for free

Bus and train fares – a detailed guide to the buses, trains, Oyster cards and fares

Amazon.com:  $3.99 ebook · $15.99 paperback
Amazon.co.uk:  £2.99 ebook · £11.99 paperback

Copyright © 2017 London Drum. All rights reserved · Contact London Drum · Privacy policy / Terms of use / Cookies

By category

By day

By month

By venue

Find events

Custom dates

London Pass

Save some money with London Pass Cheap entry into London attractions

London Pass

Learn more about London Pass

> Save moneyFree or discounted entry into top attractions

> Save timeJump the longest queues with Fast Track entry

Oyster card

Get an Oyster for the cheapest fares The easiest way to travel in London

Oyster card

Learn more about Oyster cardsBuy an Oyster card

> Save moneyGet the cheapest fares on London transport

> Easy to usePay as you go credit on the buses, boats and underground trains

London blog

Read our review:
Hampton Court Palace

If you grew up within ten miles of Hampton Court Palace then this place was your educational day out. This is how they'd… more

Read our review:
Christmas shopping, and festive markets

Fortnum & Mason is the closest that a shop ever gets to being a 5-star hotel. The staff dresses up in red tails and shin… more

Read our review:
Guards' Museum

While I'm standing here waiting for the Guards' Museum to open a little old lady has walked up with a load of tatty plas… more

Visitor Oyster cards