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The UK Supreme Court

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

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Well worth a visit

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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Thank Sophie S
Camberley, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a real insight how this place works. Knowledgeable guide who explained the workings of the court very well (though he could speak a little more slowly and clearly!) Most impressive courts and library and an excellent small exhibition. Cafe downstairs where the cells used to be. Go and visit!

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Thank Breepet
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I was on the way to a meeting at the QEII centre when a very nice man (with a badge) accosted me to say the Supreme Court was open and did I want to visit? With 30 minutes to spare I went in. So very glad I did. No courts were sitting so we could wander and gaze, look at... More 

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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

The location on the SW corner of the Parliament Square was used as a market place in the 18th century. The present building was built in the early 20th century and is today the home of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

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Thank Borzov
Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

I was lucky enough to have an ex-colleague show me round his current workplace and it was amazing. The Library which isn't always open has the magnificent George 3rd tapestry from about 1760 with the Order of the Garter motto (see picture). Just across from the Houses of Parliament it's well worth a visit and absolutely free. There's a cafe... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

If you are in the area then I would recommend a visit. Entry is free for a self guided visit. Once past security then you can go into a court room to listen to a case. In the basement there is a very good exhibition. The cafe is very clean but overpriced. No saucers, just a very small cup for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Our visit was with a group of about 20 and we enjoyed a tour with an excellent guide, Rebecca. Access is free and the Court was only set up in 2009 after the Lords were emasculated, as the final arbiter of Civil cases, including Scotland, which has a different lower Court structure. The old Edwardian Middlesex County Hall, right in... More 

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

We only had a short while so had a very fresh sandwich and coffee lunch in an atmospheric converted courtyard. Saw a very interesting exhibition about justice in the UK on our way out. We could also vote on our favourite of a display of artwork made by prisoners! A surprise and quick visit but enjoyable.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Passing by and saw it was open to the public but in summer recess.The building was the Middlesex County Hall,now refurbished to the Supreme Court.Interesting seeing the courts and Historical information.Reasonable small cafe on lower GF.

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If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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