OUR most popular service covering both the Old Bailey and the Royal Courts of Justice, including a lunch in the price. 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.
Lunch is taken at The Viaduct Tavern across from the Old Bailey food Included is a buffet with a choice of 3 of the below items:
- 1 Beef Mini Burgers
- 1 Mini Pie (options available: Chicken &Leek, Steak& Ale or Vegetarian mini pie – served with gravy).
- 1 Hummus and flatbread (plated in buffet portions)
- Chips (plated in buffet portions)
- Mackerel Pate on toast
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 £22 per person / £20 concessions.