Free Guided Tours at Somerset House
Please note that there will be no tours from the week commencing Monday 9 February 2015 due to London Fashion Week. Tours will resume on Saturday 7 March 2015.
Somerset House: The Old Palaces Tour
Somerset House, now an exciting venue for arts and culture was once the home of three Catholic queens; Anne of Denmark, Henrietta Maria and Catherine of Braganza and played a vital part in the crisis of the Stuart dynasty.
Join us for a new guided tour, exploring the history of the site before this current building existed. A special highlight of the tour includes access to Strand Lane Baths.
Tours are at 12:45 and at 14:15 each Tuesday.
Please note there wil be no Old Palace tours on Tuesday 30 December 2014.
Tickets are available, on the day only, from the Information Desk. Tour last approximately 1 hour.
Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Historical Highlights of Somerset House
We offer these free guided tours every Thursday at 13.15 and 14.45 and every Saturday at 12.15, 13.15, 14.15 and 15.15.
In approximately one hour, you'll discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, scientific curiosity and naval power, extravagant entertainments and 'the King's Shilling', as we lead you from the airy lightwells of graceful staircases to the atmospheric Deadhouse.
A new highlight of the tour is The Miles Stair, located in the West Wing and designed by the internationally renowned architect Eva Jiricna, the stair represents her most ambitious stair structure yet. The treads and landings are made from a material called ductal, this product is a thousand times stronger than concrete.
Collect your free tickets from the Information Desk in the Seamen's Hall, South Building. Tickets available from 10.30. Be sure to come early to avoid disappointment as the tours are extremely popular. Our tours are designed for individuals and small groups and tickets will be limited to a maximum of six per person. Larger groups should enquire about private guided tours.
Here's what people have been saying about our guided tours:
So fascinating! Excellent guide.
Very interesting and well explained, thank you!
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So worthwhile, I bought the guide book.
We'll come again!
Private Guided Tours
For information about private guided tours of Somerset House please email firstname.lastname@example.org