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Old English Court

Red Square & Kitay-gorod
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Address: Varvarka St., 4, Moscow 109012, Russia
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+7 925 888-70-23
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

One of the oldest secular buildings in Moscow dates back to the 16th...

One of the oldest secular buildings in Moscow dates back to the 16th century.

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Initially it appeared to be fenced off as it is on the edge of the site of a demolished hotel just off Red Square but worth finding the access. A modest but interesting site... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2013
Margaret H
Preston, United Kingdom
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Moscow, Russia
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111 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Does not expect the historical building - it's just a modern rebuilt house on a place where previous court stood. Later it was heavily changed and in 2000-x renovated. Only historical stairs remained. In general nice to see how the houses were build during that time and decorated. overall english court history in Russia.

Thank Larissa T
Groningen, The Netherlands
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153 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Waste of time and money. In this building almost no English, and the things that are explained you can find in any guidebook. There was one kind lady would could speak English, but the rest not. NOT recommendable to visit. Better go to the Romanov house nextdoor!

Thank Joost N
Moscow, Russia
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91 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

The old is only the building. Everything else is new. Very very small collection of old things. We've spend 15 minutes there, 200 rubles for entrance. Everything is white - new paint. Feeling that you're in new building with some vintage furniture. There are many monitors on the walls with the history. Nothing else......

1 Thank Helgussa
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This building is a hidden gem in Russia! I learned a lot and everything was neatly set up. The only problem was it was quite hard to find the entrance but overall I absolutely loved my visit!

1 Thank Aleksandr O
St. Petersburg, Russia
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94 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2015

In a short distance from the Red Square. Was recently restored. You can have a look at it from the top of the street and take a nice photo.

Thank Elena G
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

We went there on a Tuesday just after 10:00 AM. The building had no signs or opening times, just a poster saying that it's an Old English Court. The security guard did not let us in, and when asked about the museum (when and if it's open, etc.), could not tell us anything. All in all, it's a terribly organised... More 

Thank Svyatoslav B
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2013

Just an old building, representing architecture and a bit household of the past. Not far from Kremlin.

Thank Boris_44
Preston, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2013

Initially it appeared to be fenced off as it is on the edge of the site of a demolished hotel just off Red Square but worth finding the access. A modest but interesting site brought to life by one of the guides who was able to give insight into the history of the building in English. She was also very... More 

Thank Margaret H
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2013 via mobile

Stumbled across it on the way to Romanov Chambers. It is a hidden gem of history, being the first English Embassy in Russia c 15th century. Lots of information in English and the guide spoke good English. Very interesting and informative providing a glimpse into the relations between Russia and England.

1 Thank Darren C

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This small yet important neighbourhood is full of state institutions and offices. To understand where modern Russia began, go to the Kremlin and State Historical Museum on Red Square. After satisfying your historical curiosities, indulge in modern pleasures at GUM Department Store - not just for the sake of shopping but for the sake of architectural pleasure as well.
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