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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Neighborhood: 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
    37 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
    Traveled solo
    Written August 14, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written October 1, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written April 12, 2024
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Souwester147
Reading, UK1,374 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I'd heard about the guided tours from the regular London blog I follow and had booked a ticket for one Friday afternoon. It was supposed to run from 14:00 for 60 minutes.

The Supreme Court is housed in what was once Middlesex Guildhall. It had been built in 1913 to replace an older Guildhall, and was used as such until Middlesex ceased to exist as an administrative county in 1964, after which it was later converted to a Crown Court. It opened as the Supreme Court in 2009, the function of which had previously been undertaken by the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords (the Law Lords).

There are three court rooms, the largest of which is Court 1 on the second floor, which was once the MCC Council Chamber. Court 2 on the second floor is a much more modern court room, while Court 3 on the ground floor, is another one steeped in history, although it is only used for the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council cases.

The tour started by visiting Court 1 and a lengthy but very informative talk about the role of the Supreme Court, the 12 Justices, the selection process, the building's history etc. There were quite a number of us asking questions during the tour, and our 60 minutes was up by the time we time we left Court 3. Nevertheless, we still visited the library for a further 10 minutes or so.

After the formal visit, and a quick visit to the cafe, I returned to the court rooms to take some photos, which was easier without the tour group present. The security guys were all friendly and helpful.

I hadn't known what to expect from this visit, and really knew very little about the SC or the building in which it is housed. It was a very enjoyable 70 minutes or so. Far better to take a guided tour than wandering around aimlessly by yourself.
Written July 10, 2022
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HerneBayCharley
herne bay117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We were just passing, had half an hour to spare and saw it was free so went in. What a treat it is. 3 courtrooms, each completely different. Very helpful guides who explained how the courts worked and answered all our questions. You can actually sit in the seats where the judges sit when it is not in session which was the case during our visit. When in session, you can sit in the public areas and listen to the proceedings. There is a small interactive information area in the basement and the cafe was empty so much better than the crowds we had left at the National Gallery. My husband had a small penknife in his bag which was taken at security but they give you a ticket and you reclaim any confiscated items on your way out.
Written April 1, 2022
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,431 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Wish I could have seen the interior, but I arrived at the same time as a huge school party and didn’t have the time to wait until they had been admitted. But the exterior is a wonderful example of early 20th century gothic architecture. The exquisitely carved stone statues and friezes on the front elevation are gorgeous. I shall be back another time to see the interior.
Written January 12, 2020
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LaNyonsaise
West Midlands, UK1,020 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 January 7, 2023
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Yaara S
Tel Aviv, Israel91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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 October 1, 2023
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Frank B
Dublin, Ireland74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We stumbled on this inadvertently after we went down to Westminster Abbey and found the queues far too long for a hot summer's day.

The Supreme Court is (relative to the Abbey anyway), a recent building, but it has been refurbished and is open to the public though you might not guess this when standing outside. We just walked in and asked. When the court is not in session, you can wander around freely and even sit in one of the seats of judgement if you wish.

The interior has been reimagined with great taste. The staff are friendly and informative and in the basement there is a small museum and information centre that explains how the court works and its history.

There are also some computers that allow you to compare your judgement with that of the court on a variety of famous cases. I could have spent all day doing this, but I only had time for two. In one case I was in agreement with the majority; in the other, only Lady Rose of Colmworth shared my opinion. Obviously a sensible lady.

A small gem well worth a hour or so of your time if you are in the Westminster area. There are tours, but there were none at the time we were there.
Written August 22, 2022
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DavidP
London, UK182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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 September 6, 2022
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VJ83
Romsey37 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 August 14, 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 October 30, 2022
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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 April 12, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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