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The UK Supreme Court

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Address: Parliament Square, London SW1P 3BD, England
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+44 20 7960 1500
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09:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 16:30

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Popped in and pleasantly surprised

We saw the welcome sign inviting members of the public in to use the cafe etc outside and thought, why not. V pleasantly surprised - lovely building but more than that there is an... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We saw the welcome sign inviting members of the public in to use the cafe etc outside and thought, why not. V pleasantly surprised - lovely building but more than that there is an exhibition in the basement which includes a children's quiz. Staff were so lovely and welcoming even though it is a working court!

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Thank Amanda T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From J Boy of Derby A very interesting tour of the three courtrooms and the beautiful library (not open to the public) unless with a guide. Tours take place on Fridays and in the summer holidays when the courts are not in session. The cost is only £7 adults and £5 concessions it lasts about an hour. It's well worth... More 

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Thank John B
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came upon the guided tour option by chance and really enjoyed it. £7 for the tour which was extremely informative and interesting. Visited Court 1 and 2 and the Library which is not usually open to the public. Great guide. The exhibition on the lower floor is also worth spending time at. Finally we were able to visit Court 3... More 

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The UK took a long time to get around to establishing a supreme court (2005) and it was an important constitutional step to loosen the connection between judicial and legislative bodies. The building has been beautifully renovated and there is a very informative display on the lower ground floor. Equally informative is the custodian in Court Room 1 on the... More 

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Thank MichaelCoffey
Oceanside, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

It was a rainy day and Westminster Abbey had just closed their doors for a special event. So seeing a small sign across the street we visited the Supreme Court. Heavily secured we passed through the screening process and began looking about. The desk officer stated we could sit in on an ongoing hearing so we headed to the courtroom... More 

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Thank Mark P
Fairfax County, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Fascinating visit for anyone interested in UK legal history. You get to visit the actual courtrooms, full of papers of cases being argued that day.

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Thank pmurphy2016
Daruvar, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I loved the time spent there, discreet and most helpful staff, amazing interior, very good coffee. I love the interior design, especially stairs and carpet.

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Thank xennia
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

I took the free self-guided tour one afternoon when none of the courts were in use. Staff members were very friendly and gave me the run of the place, letting me tour at my leisure and try out the judges’ seats. They were most obliging in answering my questions and taking pictures for me. The building itself is an architectural... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Visited as a school group and booked a guided tour (members of the public can book onto these for free). The tour was so interesting and very informative. Security on entry were friendly and explained everything- not intimidating in any way. The reception staff were very welcoming and helpful. The exhibition centre downstairs is excellent- very informative and interactive. We... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We may have been unlucky but this is not a friendly place. We didn't have a conducted tour but just went in after visiting the Houses of Parliament. There is full airport security as you would expect of a courthouse. There are three court rooms, Court No 3 was not open for some unexplained reason but there was no case... More 

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Thank Steve D
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Dear Steve, We are sorry to hear about your recent experience. We endeavour to make our guests feel welcome, inviting visitors to either pre-book a guided tour or simply wander around the building at their leisure, and observe court hearings if they wish. We do have a number of groups (particularly schools, colleges and universities) who pre-book guided tours of... More 

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