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“Beautiful building which really should be seen. Easy to get to”

Royal Courts of Justice
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US$127.69*
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Law in London Walking Tour
Ranked #145 of 1,866 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Royal Courts of Justice are an attraction well worth a visit. Close enough to Parliament, the Temple and The City. With stunning Victorian architecture, a small costume exhibition. The courts were designed by George Edmund Street and took more than eight years to complete throughout the 1870s. The courts were opened in an official ceremony by Queen Victoria on December 4th, 1882.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there for a swearing in ceremony for my Son who is a judge so did not see much else of the building but it really is lovely and well worth a visit. I am not sure when it is open to members of the public but worth finding out.

Thank Betty F
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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

Beautiful exterior done in neo medieval style with a long history of administering justice including Guy Fawlkes. I under stand that World War II injured flyers were housed here during WWII.

Thank JordanS8
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

Wish I'd gone here sooner - totally beautiful and fascinating. Easy to navigate around; I'd recommend it to Londoners who pass by but haven't been in yet. However, I'm sorry to say that our tour guides were very poor indeed. It was clear that they knew little about the building and dragged out an hour's tour without telling us much additional information than was already available; all while reading a script (badly). We didn't get to look at anything in detail. Therefore I would advise visitors to do a self-guided tour.

Thank Eli-R95
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

The first time I saw the Royal Courts of Justice was from a hop-on hop-off bus whilst on Honeymoon 9 years ago. It was a quick snap and I've always wondered but never really delved into where they are situated. So with time on my hands off I went.

TripAdvisor mentioned you can do a self guided tour. Entry through security was quick and at enquiry desk you can pick up a Self-guided Tour pamphlet. Asked what was allowed and you can sit in on any "open" court proceedings.

It's really wonderful inside. Stunning old portraits of judges, lovely high ceilinged main hall, staircases, etc. A real pity that no photos allowed. Judges walking around in the passages with gowns and wigs.

After completing the tour, I went back to the open courtrooms and selected the Lord Chancellor's Court to sit in and follow proceedings. Wow, I'm not ever planning on becoming a lawyer, but it was fascinating watching the legal eagles and judge's discussion.

A great way to spend a few hours!!

Thank CelestePienaar
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Hard to miss this complex of amazing old historic buildings. Very impressive architecture and well worth taking a free self-guided tour of the workings of British Justice inside.

Thank allanriley9
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