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Address: Newgate Street, London EC4M 7EH , England
Phone Number: 020 748 3277
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This is Britain and all it stands for at it's best. It is gritty, upsetting, fascinating, insightful, humbling and totally awesome. There is regalia and history and drama and... read more

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Newbury
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is Britain and all it stands for at it's best. It is gritty, upsetting, fascinating, insightful, humbling and totally awesome. There is regalia and history and drama and procedure all rolled into one worthy experience! As a former expert witness the Old Bailey is my favourite of all the London courtrooms I ever had to attend. Steeped in the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Today I visited what is the cornerstone of the British criminal judicial system and what an experience. If you have any interest in criminal law or are particularly following a trial then this is well worth a visit. I arrived early (0900) and dropped off my phone at 'Capable Travel', just down on the left from the court. This service... More 

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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

A well-known Central Criminal Court, named by the street where it is located, is an imposing building which was built in 1907. But the history of this place goes as far as the 16th century. Don’t miss the bronze statue of Lady Justice at the top of the dome, holding a sword in her right hand and the scales of... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Firstly visit Capability Travel Agents which is on the same street- this is where you can leave your phone for £ 1 or bag for £ 5 - security is high at the old bailey and you won't get in with any electronics etc. Then walk up to the Old Bailey and ask the guard which courts to visit. When... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Visited on a whim while on a family trip around St Paul's and glad we did. Helpful leaflet given out providing a self-guided walk around the many different elements to the courts. Plenty of history here and also the opportunity to see justice in action, a bit weird knowing that some real life decisions were being made whilst we walked... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Prepare for strict security check. No phones or electronic devices allowed in. Staff inside very friendly - they'll tell you what kind of cases they are having on a day.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

The building is imposing and we thought that was it. But we asked to go in and watch a case: it was one of the most interesting experiences in our life.

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Stafford
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

A visit to the public gallery of the Old Bailey is a fascinating experience if you are interested in law. The cases are some of the most significant in the country and so interesting. Once inside the building is quite shabby and facilities poor. Of course security is tight no phones etc. Some of the security staff are okay but... More 

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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

Entry is free. Security is, quite rightly, very rigid. The Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court) is the most famous court in the UK. Very interesting to actually see a real working court in action. Don’t imagine for one moment it’s anything like scenes depicted on TV. Quite easy to navigate between, courts though there are lots of stairs involved. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

I cannot believe some of the negative reviews on here about the Old Bailey: of course you can't take Phones/IPads/Cameras in and there isn't enough space for lockers!!! To leave your belongings at the Travel agents along the road is not an issue. Some people have ridiculous expectations... Naturally, the security is tight and you have to ascend the stairs... More 

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