Guided tours

Guided tours

The Supreme Court is open to the public from 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and any member of the public can enter the building during these hours without booking in advance. A self-guided tour booklet is available for a small charge (£1). Please note that external tour groups (where a tour operator is charging to guide a group around the building) are charged at £3 per head, in order to regulate the number of such parties and to help reduce the Court’s demands on public resources.

However, we also offer pre-booked guided tours led by a member of Court staff.

How long do guided tours last and what will I see?
The Supreme Court library

Tours last about an hour. Groups are shown all three beautiful courtrooms, the Lawyers' Suite and the magnificent Justices' Library, which is not normally open to the public. Tours end in our exhibition area where you can spend time at leisure browsing the information on display - after which you might want to relax with a cup of tea or light meal in our café. Your tour will be led by an experienced member of staff who will give your group an introduction to the Court's role in the UK justice system, explain about the history and artwork of the building, give interesting examples of cases heard by the Court and answer any questions which your group may have.

When are tours available?

Tours are available at the following times:

Dates Times
Most Fridays throughout the year (except Public Holidays) 11:00
14:00
15:00
   
Summer recess 2017

In addition to the usual Friday tours, during the Court's 2017 summer recess, we will be offering tours on the following days during August and early September:

Dates Morning Afternoon
Thu 17 Aug 2017 NA 14:00*
Mon 21 Aug 2017 11:00* 14:00
Tue 22 Aug 2017 11:00 14:00
Wed 23 Aug 2017 11:00* NA
Thu 24 Aug 2017 11:00 14:00
Wed 30 Aug 2017 11:00 14:00
Thu 31 Aug 2017 11:00 14:00
Mon 4 Sep 2017 11:00* 14:00
Tue 5 Sep 2017 11:00* 14:00*
Wed 6 Sep 2017 NA 14:00*
Thu 7 Sep 2017 11:00* 14:00*
   
Key

NA = Not available
* = Limited availability

How many people can I book for?

We can accommodate up to 25 people per tour group, but due to high demand pre booking is essential. We usually also reserve an extra 5 places per tour for those people who might want to book a tour as individuals or for smaller groups or families. Due to staff resources, we cannot guarantee that a tour will run if fewer than five individuals are booked on it.

How much does it cost?

The prices of our guided tours are £7 for adults and £5 for concessions. As these tours are always very popular, we would also encourage you to book early to avoid missing out on any dates you find particularly convenient.

Rates Price
Standard rate £7 per person
Concessions (60+, UK students over 16, LTDA members) £5 per person
Young people aged 16 or under and carers for wheelchair users Free
   
How do I pay?

Payment should be made when you arrive for your tour, preferably by cash or card. We do not take payment over the telephone or online. If you are the group organiser booking more than 10 places, we would ask that you co-ordinate the payments from your group and make a single payment on arrival.

How do I book?

If you would like to book a guided tour, please complete the booking form below and send to Enquiries or alternatively call us on 0207 960 1900/1500.

Please note that there are no facilities to deposit coats, bags etc. at the Court, and that all visitors are subject to a security search upon arrival.

For schools, colleges and universities, please see the Visits for schools, colleges and universities page of this website.

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