Take The Old Bailey Insight Tour on your university or college trip to London.

This tour starts in the Viaduct pub opposite the Old Bailey in Newgate Street where, as part of the package, you will be able to visit an original Newgate prison cell that now forms part of the pub’s cellar. There is also a talk covering the history of the Old Bailey and places of interest connected to the court, such as the site where public hangings were carried out – and the pub where the wealthy rented rooms to get the best view of the executions.

At the end of the talk, each visitor is provided with a run-down of what is on in all the Old Bailey’s 18 courtrooms. This includes details about the cases on that day so you can make an informed choice about which court to go into. If there is an interesting trial on you will know about it; if one of the country’s top criminal barristers is in action, you can be there to witness advocacy at its best. As the court is a high security building, please note that visitors are only given access to the public galleries from which a trial can be viewed. It is a bit like being in the balcony seats of a small theatre looking down on the court. The public are not allowed to wander around the court.

For schools, colleges and universities, we can provide a special teachers’ information pack as part of the service. This is sent out before your visit and gives all the information you need to prepare a lecture or class, so students come to the court properly informed and knowing what to look for. The pack includes significant dates in the court’s 1,000-year history; an outline of the English Justice System and how it compares with legal systems in other countries; what sentences criminals can expect if convicted of certain crimes, and a guide to the layout of the court.

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