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“Legal Visit”

Royal Courts of Justice
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Law in London Walking Tour
Ranked #201 of 1,610 things to do in London
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Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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“Legal Visit”
Reviewed August 8, 2014

As other reviewers have said a great building from the outside for a photo opportunity. But take the time to go inside, security is quick and efficient and yes you can bring cameras and phones in but you can not take pictures or use your phones in the Court rooms. The little café is a nice find and the Courts are a delight all very old with few trappings of the modern day although some do have video equipment and computers, all very different from the Supreme Court. The building as a fantastic place to walk around with around 90 Court rooms.
We went on a Friday so it was not to busy but some Courts were sitting and numerous Court advocates were about in their robes etc. although we did not go in to any of the Court rooms it is easy to do, just enter and leave quietly and remember to acknowledge the 'Crown' a gentle bow if the head is suffice as you enter or leave - but only if the Court is sitting. Remember to pick up a Free guide at the enquiry desk just after you pass through security, it will guide you around the whole building giving you just the right amount of information. A great way to spend a couple of hours.

Visited August 2014
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“One of the Many Free Highlights If Touring London's Historic and Beautiful Legal District”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

The High Court on Fleet Street is free to visit. Outside is a great photo opportunity as it is stunning. After a very quick security check you enter by the Enquiry Desk (where there is a free self guided tour leaflet) into the Main Hall. You can keep hold of your phones and cameras on the premises (unlike the Old Bailey where they are not allowed in). However you cannot take photos inside and you cannot use your phone in any of the courts. The highlights are viewing The Main Hall and its mosaic floor, The Painted Room, The Bear Garden (an actual room, named after Queen Victoria remarked on the hubbub within) and sitting in on a court case.

The building is easy to navigate and you can take any of the staircases along the sides of the Main Hall and go upstairs and do a rectangular circuit of the whole building. (Make sure to stand and view the hall from one of the upper level balconies.) You will upstairs come across glass cabinets displaying court costumes.

If you wish to visit a court case you can peer through the doors of any of the numerous courts around the building and unless there is a note pinned on the door advising otherwise you can enter. As long as you remain silent it is very easy to slip into the back rows and observe. Entry to court cases is very informal and there is no minimum time required (unlike the Old Bailey). I enjoyed around 30 minutes of a very interesting case.

This High Court is a civil not criminal court so if you want to spend your time even more wisely it is good to check the official website the evening before to see what cases are scheduled (called The Daily Cause List). The Daily Cause List is also displayed inside at the start of the Main Hall but be aware that it is very long. There are numerous toilets and there is a cafe located on the entry level floor at the back of the Main Hall.

This is great to visit if you are touring the whole legal district of London, 'the four inns of court', which can all be enjoyed without parting with any cash at all. I recommend taking Milford Lane from the Embankment (nearest tube Temple) and enter Essex Street via the covered staircase and turn right by the pub into the Middle Temple, and then visit Inner Temple (where the famous Templar church is). Then enter Fleet Street and visit this High Court. Then walk around the back of the court and enter Lincolns Inn (which is fabulous) and then proceed up Chancery Lane and head for Grays Inn. Easy to spend a whole day wandering this area.

Visited July 2014
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic architecture”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

Not a usual London visitor attraction but well worth an hour of your time. I never really thought that visitors were able to go inside and just wander around. There are guided tours or you can take a leaflet and take yourself around. We went on a Friday afternoon so all was very quite but I could imagine earlier on another weekday there would be more activity. If you're into buildings, the gothic architecture on the inside is just as spectacular as the outside with a maze of corridors and courtrooms. You do feel a little self-conscious walking past all the old panelled courtrooms especially when they're sitting. A great find and very interesting (oh yes, and it's free) just across the road from Inner and Middle Temple Inns of Court another place off the usual track to look around.

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Nice building”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is an imposing building on the Strand. As a former law student I particularly value this place. Give it a look, it is worth the visit. It sits close to the Sommerset house/Courtauld gallery.

Visited June 2014
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“Great adventure”
Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Fun for the whole family. Gets kind of creepy in parts but all fun! Its not scary so good for all ages. A lot of history is learned through the stories. Get a ticket with the city of caves tour (also amazing) to get more value for money

Visited June 2014
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