We were advised that there could be long queues so we caught a 6am train, stopped at Russell Square to store our electronics in a locker at 7.15 and arrived at the old bailey at 8am. The security guard on duty had a list of what's on in each court. He advised us to get some breakfast and return for 10am. The public entrance is via a tunnel with lighter stone archway. Thankfully the security guard showed us where this is.
We arrived back to the public entrance at 9.30. Shortly before 10 a few guards check the queue to ensure no one has any contravened items. Basically do not attempt to take in anything with blue tooth enabling. This includes earpods. The chap in front of us was rejected for wearing a smart watch.
Its wise to get prepared before you climb the first set of stars to the security check, removed belts, watches anything with metal. These get passed for separate checks.
Once through security you can replace these items. There are more steps. Each floor has approximately 4 courts. The staff there will inform what is on in which Court. If there isn't room you will have to wait outside in the stair well waiting for the opportunity to go in.
When you are permitted into the public gallery there are clear rules, no whispering, no pointing, just observe.
The objective was for my daughter to experience seeing a trial in action as she has applied to study law at University this year. School trips to the old bailey were cancelled due to covid. She gained a lot from the experience.
You can move from court to court, they prefer you to sit for at least 30 minutes. Always move from and to the courts in silence and do not discuss any case in the corridors of the court house.
After lunch, the door reopens at 2pm. Be in the queue for this at 1.30 - 1.45pm.