Nelson Stairway, Somerset House, Image by Kevin Meredith


Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments on one of our free guided tours or enhance your exhibition visit with a bespoke guided tour or educational introduction. 

The Old Palace Guided Tour
The Old Palace Guided Tour

The Old Palace Tours, Tuesdays at 12.45 & 14.15

Somerset House was once the home of three Catholic queens. Join us for a free guided tour exploring the history of the site before the current building existed.

Historical Highlights Tour
Historical Highlights Tour

Historical Highlights Tours, Thursdays at 13.15 and 14.45 & Saturdays at 12.15, 13.15, 14.15 and 15.15.

Please note that on Saturday 01 February our tours will not be visiting the Lightwells or Deadhouse.

There are no Historical Highlights Tours on Saturday 15 February, there will be two Film Location Tours taking place. 

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.

Somerset House Studios Tours
On the third Saturday of each month, in place of our regular tours visitors can discover how we’ve transformed this wing of our building into a working space for creatives in the heart of the city by joining one of two Somerset House Studio tours.

Please note there are no Studios tours in January or February, the next tours are scheduled for Saturday 21 March 2020. 

Private Guided Tours
For information about private guided tours of Somerset House please email

Educational Exhibition Tours
Enrich your students’ visit with a guided tour of our exhibitions, highlighting key moments and insights.

Educational groups should book in advance directly with Somerset House by completing our online Educational Enquiry Form

Private Exhibition Tours
Enhance your exhibition visit with a bespoke guided tour. We are able to offer in- depth tours of  selected exhibition for private groups. These last approximately 45 minutes and must be booked in advance.

The cost is £200 for a minimum of 10 visitors, and up to £250 for a maximum of 20 visitors (admission not included).
Please note that large groups (20 or more) may be divided into smaller groups at busy times.

To arrange please email