Royal Courts of Justice

Royal Courts of Justice, London

Royal Courts of Justice
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Holborn
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
How to get there
  • Temple • 5 min walk
  • Chancery Lane • 6 min walk
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mike d
Fareham, UK842 contributions
Oct 2021
Now squeezed into the long stretch of ornate buildings on the North side of Fleet street, the Courts would be easy to miss if it were not for the constant grouping of protesters in the road outside. Now guarded by City of London police, this embodiment of common law still possesses a grand aura and display of our freedoms. Long may it do so for our sovereign country laws.
Quite often you can get a good view from the top deck of the number 15 bus.
Written October 30, 2021
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland16,028 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
The Riyal Court of Justice is the home of many important cases in England. It’s a really amazing historic building and great architecture.
Written September 15, 2021
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,816 contributions
Sep 2020
The Royal Courts of Justice not far from Trafalgar Square is a very memorial building and the outside design and details is fantastic, well worth locating, in real-life it doesn't look as big as you think it is on tv.
Written September 30, 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Made from Portland stone, it was built in 1874 and is still a public building today, though we didn't really get a chance to see it except from our bus tour.
Written March 19, 2020
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Roger C
2 contributions
Feb 2020
Very interesting guide who provided a good background and history of courts. Would recommend the tour if on first visit
Written March 6, 2020
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Stephen W
Norwich, UK64 contributions
Feb 2020
No charge to get in and the building is an amazing trip back in time. No photo's allowed except on given days, which is a shame because there is lots that you want to remember. You can sit in on a trial but we just explored. Small cafe downstairs when you want to take a break and security staff are very polite and welcoming
Written February 13, 2020
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,638 contributions
Jun 2019
Whilst staying in London again, we undertook another pleasant stroll along the Strand.
After pausing in various spots to take in the sights, we eventually came to the Royal Courts of Justice building. This building is home to the High Courts and Courts of Appeal for both England and Wales.
As it was a Sunday, the court building was not open and so we had to make do with admiring the extensive, impressive façade of the building from the footpath. Outstanding features of the facade include the large arched main entrance, numerous spires and arched church-like windows.
Each time we, have seen this building, we have been fascinated in particular by the colours of the façade. The building was originally constructed of light-coloured stone. However, over the years, some of the stone has weathered and no doubt has been affected by air pollution. Consequently, there are now unintended highlighting of various parts of the façade in a dark and in places almost black shading.
The Royal Courts of Justice is a significant and interesting public building in a prominent position on the Strand. It is one of the “must-see” buildings in this part of London!
Written December 12, 2019
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M. M.
London, UK221 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Constructed in 1866 with Gothic architectural style, stands this historic structure in the heart of London. It opened for legal cases in 1882
It is a court building in London which houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

With strict security checks,the courts within the building are generally open to the public with some access restrictions depending upon the nature of the cases being heard.

Amazing construction, its one of the largest courts in Europe. It is surrounded by the four Inns of Court, St Clement Danes church, The Australian High Commission, King's College London and the London School of Economics. The nearest London Underground stations are Chancery Lane and Temple.

You can attend and hear any case in the court as members of the public.

A cafe, photo gallery, baby changing facilities, one can take a tour of the court on week days at certain times in morning and afternoon.

It has too much to offer in terms of history, heritage, culture, architecture along with intelligent debates of barristers and judges.

Photography is prohibited inside the premises. Nevertheless worth the time spent to understand its magnificent capacity.......
Written December 5, 2019
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JR_Essex
Chelmsford, UK434 contributions
Nov 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed the official tour of the Royal Courts of Justice.
Our guide, Stan Medland, provided an outstanding tour of the building and the provided a great insight into the history of the building and the court process.
There are many exhibits and displays within the complex, which may be viewed independently of an official tour and in most cases you can visit courts in session and sit in the public gallery. We thought however that the official tour at £14 per person was excellent value.
Written November 21, 2019
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Droopydrawrs52
Peterborough, UK1,384 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We were here on Monday and enthralled

We sat in on a few Immigration hearings one was sad but understandable

The building is amazing and so worth going to see
Written November 20, 2019
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  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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