This tour starts in the Viaduct pub, opposite the Old Bailey in Newgate Street between 9.15am and 10.45am (10.45am is latest start time) and includes a light breakfast. All visitors have a choice of coffee/ tea or a fruit juice plus a croissant. As part of the package you will be able to visit an original Newgate prison cell that now forms part of the pub’s cellar. There is also a talk covering the history of the Old Bailey and places of interest connected to the court, such as the site where public hangings were carried out – and the pub where the wealthy rented rooms to get the best view of the executions.
At the end of the talk, each visitor is provided with a three page run-down of what is on in all the Old Bailey’s 18 courtrooms. This includes details about the cases on that day so you can make an informed choice about which court to go into. If there is an interesting trial on you will know about it; if one of the country’s top criminal barristers is in action you can be there to witness advocacy at its best.
For schools, colleges and universities, I can provide a special teachers’ information pack as part of the service. This is sent out before your visit and gives teachers all the information they need to prepare a lecture or class, so students come to the court properly informed and knowing what to look for.
The pack includes significant dates in the court’s 1,000-year history; an outline of the English Justice System and how it compares with legal systems in other countries; what sentences criminals can expect if convicted of certain crimes, and a guide to the layout of the court.
The cost of this tour is £10.
Note: you need to book to reserve a place.
Courts sit Monday to Friday (excluding weekends/Christmas and bank holidays). Entrance to the public galleries in the court is free – minimum age 14 years. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.
For important information for visitors to the Old Bailey, please see: Visiting the Old Bailey.
Crime and Punishment Seminars:
Day-long seminars on law and order and journalism; featuring talks and visits to the Old Bailey and Royal Courts of Justice. A great opportunity for law, forensic, media studies and social science students. For more information, please click here: Crime and Punishment Seminars.
Legal London 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, in the footsteps of some of the country’s most renowned legal minds. The tour then moves on to the Old Bailey, the country’s leading criminal Court, for a talk on the fascinating history of the court and a guide to the most interesting trials being heard that day. For more information, see Legal London Tour.
Royal Courts of Justice and 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.
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