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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

We offer daily walks around the City of London

Our daily walks run from the City Information Centre, just south of St Paul's. Although booking is advised it's fine to just turn up on the day and pay.

In addition, you can visit some of the City's delightful gardens, while in the evening take a stroll along the river to admire London's bridges, now beautifully lit thanks to the Illuminated River Project. 

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

If you would 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 group we'd love to take you on a tour of the City. And if you're a company based in the City who would like to organise a social event for your work colleagues, why not book an evening walk with us? As guides we know where all the good pubs are!

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