The UK Supreme Court
The UK Supreme Court
4.5
Architectural BuildingsGovernment Buildings
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Neighbourhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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  • VJ83
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem
    Free to visit, stunning building and art work including stained glass windows with a small exhibition and cafe in the basement. Currently also has a small exhibition on the top floor of the first women in law. Was very quiet despite the pavement outside being rammed full of tourists! Airport style security but staff very welcoming and friendly.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Yaara S
    Tel Aviv, Israel91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the guided tour, you won't regret it!
    While you can always go into the Supreme Court on your own and look at the court rooms, I highly recommend taking the guided tour for context. It is only £10 (normally needs to be booked in advance but they do take walk-ins if they have room in the tour) and it's worth every penny. Go on the tour to learn why the court was only opened in 2009, how the court works and what it does, and to see the three courtrooms. In addition, only the guided tour will allow you to peek into the court's impressive library.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Jon P
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour of Supreme Court
    Visited with son considering university options and possible career in the law. The staff were welcoming and the tour guide Daisy was enthusiastic, engaging and knowledgeable. The exhibition in the basement was interesting and interactive and the cafe was perfect for cake and coffee.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 April 2024
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Louisa D
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
We had a lovely tour of the courts which weren't in session. The lady who showed us around was very informative and we enjoyed it very much. Having worked for a law firm in Australia for 10 years I did find the process fascinating.
Written 21 April 2024
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Jon P
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Visited with son considering university options and possible career in the law. The staff were welcoming and the tour guide Daisy was enthusiastic, engaging and knowledgeable. The exhibition in the basement was interesting and interactive and the cafe was perfect for cake and coffee.
Written 12 April 2024
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Yaara S
Tel Aviv, Israel91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
While you can always go into the Supreme Court on your own and look at the court rooms, I highly recommend taking the guided tour for context. It is only £10 (normally needs to be booked in advance but they do take walk-ins if they have room in the tour) and it's worth every penny.
Go on the tour to learn why the court was only opened in 2009, how the court works and what it does, and to see the three courtrooms. In addition, only the guided tour will allow you to peek into the court's impressive library.
Written 1 October 2023
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VJ83
Romsey36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Free to visit, stunning building and art work including stained glass windows with a small exhibition and cafe in the basement. Currently also has a small exhibition on the top floor of the first women in law. Was very quiet despite the pavement outside being rammed full of tourists! Airport style security but staff very welcoming and friendly.
Written 14 August 2023
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Ksinberg
Kampenhout, Belgium4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Great architecture and expo. We also had the opportunity to sit in with a hearing.
Interesting and free admission!🙂
Written 20 July 2023
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LaNyonsaise
West Midlands, UK986 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
London resident friends recommended the visit, it had never crossed our radar. There were no tours available when we were there but once you had passed through the airport style security entry was free and visitors were able to wander at will into the three courtrooms. Attendants encouraged visitors to take photos and even to sit at the judges’ desks. They were friendly and probably bored just hanging around when it was quiet.
The building itself, which once housed the Middlesex County Council, is very impressive but was possibly less luxurious for local government elected members and officials than it is for today’s elite judges. No expense has been spared on the furnishings and fittings. The modern courtroom is especially impressive with beautiful carpets and curtains and elaborate glass screen.
In the basement there is an interesting exhibition, toilets and a bright cafe inside the deep light well. There was little choice of food when we were there, a few sandwiches in a chiller and some muffins. We ordered tea which was served without finesse, a teabag dangling from a cup that had to be fished out with a wooden stirrer, no saucer. Expensive at £3.
If you have a spare hour when in the area it’s an interesting interlude but not a five star attraction.
Written 7 January 2023
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Alex
Chesterfield, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A flying visit for a coffee - and what a surprise! Beautiful hidden coffee shop downstairs in the UK Supreme Court. Competitive pricing for coffee in central London (and good quality), as well as a great range of small bites to eat (think paninis and muffins!)

Certainly hit the spot, and then had the opportunity to sit in on a case being heard in one of the court-rooms.

Overall, a very nice addition to the day and one I'm glad I tried. Will return again if I'm in the area (a pleasant change to the high-street coffee shops surrounding the area).
Written 30 October 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,056 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We were walking in the area and were attracted to this architecturally fascinating building. A couple coming out said “Go in, it’s free” so we did. A quick airport style security check is all you need to enter.

There are three courts, and each has a different purpose. Docents in each explain what takes place in reach room. The rooms have interesting decorations and symbols.

The staff was very helpful and extremely informative.
Written 7 October 2022
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DavidP
London, UK182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A very interesting tour around a fascinating building with a knowledgeable guide. A security check is needed to enter the building, but with the helpful and friendly staff this is a minor inconvenience.
I'll have to return sometime when the court is in session to view the procedure: the court is open to the public at these times, though I doubt that it'll be of interest to everyone as they are normally debating some of the finer points of the law, the building itself though is delightful.
There are a number of stairs, though the lifts and helpful staff make the building accessible to most people.
Written 6 September 2022
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jarrovian 27
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
We visited today by chance when walking past and seeing the sign. Considering this is the highest court in the land we were so impressed by our welcome to look around. The guys on security were smiling and helpful, whilst thorough and professional. The usher in court 3 was very informative and friendly. Really enjoyed our visit. Thank you.
Written 22 August 2022
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