Important Notice 14 March 2020
All tours of the the hospital and the museum are suspended until further notice
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 tours every week of St Bartholomew's Hospital on Fridays at 2pm except over the Christmas and Easter holidays. They start from the Henry VIII Gate, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE.
You don't need to book. Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and access to some areas may be occasionally be restricted.
Tours cost £7 per adult, £6 concessions (senior citizens and full-time students). Accompanied children free. Proceeds go to Barts Heritage Appeal for the restoration of the Hospital's works of art and other treasures. If you want to visit the nearby St Bartholomew the Great, an additional charge applies. This tour is run on behalf of St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives and Museum.
Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick
We are so pleased to be able to offer this popular evening walk again with very small groups (six people) to explore the amazing artwork that is the Illuminated River Project. The ultimate aim is for artist Leo Villareal to illuminate 14 of the bridges across the Thames. The first five are completed and are all in the City - come and see them and find out more with us on Tuesdays. Booking essential https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/illuminated-river-walk-by-city-of-london-guides-tickets-121964205221
We are delighted to announce the return of our daily guided walks in the heart of the City of London! One every day of the week at 11.00 am. All places must be booked in advance to ensure we maintain small group sizes which can be socially distanced. We are really excited to be able to take you around the extraordinary Square Mile once more. Full details when you click on the photos below.
Come on in to the City! We are excited to be working with the City Corporation on this programme of walks until October 30th. Following a carefully planned route in small groups using social distancing and technology to give you the best experience, there is one walk each day from a borough that borders the City: Westminster (Saturdays), Lambeth (Sundays), Camden (Mondays), Islington (Tuesdays), Southwark (Wednesdays), Tower Hamlets (Thursdays), Hackney (Fridays). Thanks to support from the City of London Corporation, all are free. If you live locally, or even if you don't, this is the perfect time to explore and discover what has happened and who has walked these streets in years gone by. The streets are very quiet so you have the chance to stop and stare without pressure. Find out more and reserve your place by clicking on the photos below.
We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Temple Bar Trust. You are invited to join us for series of live-broadcast, virtual walks around the City. The series includes the fascinating history of Temple Bar, Paternoster Square, St Pauls, the life, and work of Sir Christopher Wren and some of the wonderful but often overlooked statues and sculptures nearby. Find out more and book here: https://templebartrust.org/walks
Note: We try to make our walks as inclusive and accessible as possible.
If you want a walk or lecture for a group of people, then please use our Find a Guide section.