OUR most popular service covering both the Old Bailey and the Royal Courts of Justice. It starts at 11am, when visitors meet outside the Royal Courts of Justice, for a short introduction to the Court. Once inside the building visitors are shown the legal costume exhibition, before being taken into Court 4 (space permitting), where the Lord Chief Justice sits. Groups usually stay for about half-an-hour in court, listening to a criminal appeal. From the Court, the group moves on to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, for a brief talk about Lincoln’s Inn, where many of the country’s top barristers have their chambers.
The tour finishes at the Old Bailey, where visitors are given a talk about the history of the court. Each person is provided with an exclusive typed guide to the Old Bailey. This includes a complete run-down of every case on in the 18 courts, enabling visitors to make an informed choice of which cases to see. The Old Bailey hears more murder trials than any other court in the country.
Groups arrive at the Old Bailey by about 1pm. Lunch can then be taken. The court opens for its afternoon session at 2pm, when visitors can take their pick of the criminal cases on. It is entirely up to you how long you stay in court. The Old Bailey courts rise between 4 and 4.30pm.
The cost is £10 per person/£8 concessions.
Note: you need to book to reserve a place.
Royal Courts of Justice & Inns of Court Tour:
A guided tour of the Royal Courts of Justice, the stunning historical building where some of the country’s most significant legal judgements are made. This is followed by a wander through the secret alleys and courtyards of the nearby Inns of Court, following in the footsteps of some of the country’s most renowned legal minds. For more information, please see: Royal Courts of Justice and Inns of Court Tour.
Old Bailey Insight:
A talk on the fascinating history of the court, and the places of interest around it, such as the pub where wealthy people rented rooms to get the best view of the public executions. Afterwards, we can direct you straight to the most interesting cases on at the court that day. Includes, for schools, colleges and universities, a special teachers’ information pack. For more details, please see: Old Bailey Insight.
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