Guildhall

Guildhall, London: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Guildhall Reviews: 4.5/5

Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Moorgate • 5 min walk
  • Bank • 5 min walk
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Retired_Gentleman
Southampton, UK246 contributions
The Lord Mayor’s Show
Aug 2019
The Guildhall is a Grade I listed building, built in 1440; it is the town hall of the City of London. Standing in the central square, the facade before you is imposing and beautiful. The Guildhall has its own art gallery which, although not large, has some interesting paintings, the most impressive of which is the large canvas dominating the stairway - ‘The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar’. In the basement of the art gallery are the remains of a Roman amphitheatre, which once occupied the site. Incidentally, close to the Guildhall, on Noble Street, are the remains of the wall of a Roman fort. But for me the highlight of my visit was the Great Hall, laid out when I was there with circular tables and chairs for a dinner or perhaps the Lord Mayor’s Banquet. This vast hall, with its chandeliers and stained glass windows, is home to some wonderful sculptures and has an imposing air of dignity and reverence.
Written June 10, 2020
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Jack R
Exeter, UK551 contributions
Splendid building
Feb 2020
We discovered this almost by accident, but very glad that we did. There are the remains of a Roman Amphitheatre in the basement - fascinating - and a really interesting Victorian art collection, including Rosetti and Millais. Well recommended.
Written March 4, 2020
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jaimeelsabio
Maryland3,692 contributions
Good for a quick stop
Dec 2019
It’s a pretty building, but much like others from the same time period. I’m not even certain if one can go inside it, but the door was locked and we didn’t go into the attached museum.
Written December 13, 2019
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Annie
2 contributions
Interesting place and area
Nov 2019
Check out in advance whether you can visit the Guildhall as it used for functions. I used a telephone no for information but it was not updated and the hall was closed to public due to a function later that day, I was able to have a peep in tho, nearby is the Art gallery and under same the Roman remains. Both were worth a visit and uncrowded. The surrounding area is worth walking thru as places of interest nearby such as Bank of England. I think there was a guided tour of the art but not on the day I visited ( Monday).
Written December 8, 2019
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Mike S
St. Albans, UK264 contributions
An excellent event
Nov 2019
I went to the Guildhall for the Red Cross Christmas Fair. The venue is stunning and should be seen if you are in London. Architecturally amazing and if you are lucky enough to sample the food you will be delighted.
Written December 2, 2019
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Steve J
Bourne, UK89 contributions
At the heart of City governance since 1411...!
Nov 2019
Since 1411 this building has been the centre of the City of London's government. Built on the site of the roman amphitheatre it is of major historical interest and frequently is not on the tourist trail. Free admission in London is also a huge bonus for such a hidden gem.
Written November 12, 2019
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MrsBsTravels
Hastings, UK2,944 contributions
Hidden gem
Oct 2019 • Family
I'd never been here before, but was pointed in this direction to see the Lord Mayor's Carriage. A beautiful old building with free entry. Very grand. Very enjoyable. Definitely worth a visit.
Written October 20, 2019
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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,373 contributions
Lucky to find it open - no events on today!
Oct 2019
We went to the Great Hall at the Guildhall today. You take a chance as there could be a function on and then you can't get in, but we were lucky. It's free! The Great Hall is splendid - spectacular in its size and grandeur with stained glass windows and lots of carved monuments to the great and good people of our past. Shame there are not more captions explaining about the specific monuments. It's well worth 30 minutes looking round here to experience the history of Britain. In the Lobby we saw the Lord Mayor's carriage which has been prepared ready for the Lord Mayor's show - a spectacular sight!
Written October 9, 2019
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T0urist7
Warsaw, Poland1,393 contributions
extraordinary architecture
Jun 2019
Histoic building, which is characterized by unusual architecture.. The place is worth a visit for those who are interested in architecture or work in the real estate business.
Written August 9, 2019
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RiSha
London, UK232 contributions
Great!
Jul 2019 • Solo
Great place to visit while in London! Historically important, it is free to visit, and not very busy. There's a great art gallery to view, and further exhibitions that cost a small price to visit. Would recommend visiting!
Written August 3, 2019
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