Discover Official Walks & Talks

St Bartholomew's Hospital Guided Tour: Fridays

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

Important Notice 15 March 2020

Following government advice we have suspended our walks until further notice

We can't wait until we can take you around the wonderful City of London. We'll of course update you with any developments as they happen.


Nearly all the regular walks and tours offered on this website are just turn up and pay or free. For these walks no advanced booking is possible. There are only a few tours that need to be booked in advance (Illuminated River, Smithfield Market, Leadenhall Market walks and Guildhall and the Roman Bath House tours) because of restricted numbers.

We try to make our walks as inclusive and accessible as possible.

Note: tours run every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In exceptional circumstances we may not have a guide available and we'll let the City Information Centre know.

If you want a walk or lecture for a group of people, then please use our Find a Guide section.