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St Bartholomew's Hospital Guided Tour: Fridays

Discover more about this much-loved London hospital, whose history dates back nearly 900 years! It was founded by King Henry I's courtier Rahere in 1123, who's buried in the nearby St Bartholomew the Great Church.

Nothing remains of Rahere's buildings but there's still much to impress. On this your you'll visit the medieval St Bartholomew the Less church, admire the 18th buildings by James Gibbs and the new Maggie's Centre, and walk up the elegant stairs to the Great Hall, which were decorated by one of Britain's greatest painters, William Hogarth. And there's even a strong Sherlock Holmes connection...

We run this tour every Friday at 2pm except over the Christmas and Easter holidays. They start from the Henry VIII Gate, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance here at Evenbrite 

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and access to the Great Hall is currently very limited and it will not usually be possible to visit it as part of the tour.

Tours of historic St Bartholomew’s will stop at the end of June 2023 as conservation and restoration work gets underway.

Tours cost £12 per adult, £10 concessions (senior citizens and NHS workers), plus booking fee. Accompanied children under 12 are free. 50% of tickets goes to Barts Heritage Appeal for the restoration of the Hospital's works of art and other treasures.  This tour is run in collaboration with Barts Heritage 

Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick 

We offer daily, weekly and monthly walks around the City of London 

Our daily walks run from the City Information Centre, just south of St Paul's. You need to book via Eventbrite to secure you place. Note: the cut-off time for booking our daily walks is 21:00hrs the night before. If we don't have any bookings then the walk will not take place 

Our weekly walks have individual booking pages and earlier cut off times, please see the individual listing.  

We have two Illuminated River evening walks on Tuesdays and  Fridays.

Some of our walks offer concession rates: valid for over 65s and students. 

All Eventbrite bookings have a booking fee.

Private tours

If you'd like to organise your own walk, lecture or a virtual tour, then please use our Find a Guide section. If you're a member of an Arts Society or a U3A or other group we'd love to take you on a tour of the City. And if you're a company based in the City who'd like to organise a social event for your work colleagues, why not book walk with us? 

If you've been on a walk recently we'd love to hear from you. Why not leave a review on our TripAdvisor page?

Note: We try to make our walks as inclusive and accessible as possible