Historical Highlights Tour
Talks and tours

Historical Highlights Tour

Every Thu & Sat

Thursdays at 13.15 & 14.45, Saturdays at 12.15, 13.15, 14.15 & 15.15

Meet in Seamen's Hall
South Wing

As all our tours are led by volunteers we feel that it is best to cancel them until further notice. This is in the interest of the safety of own wonderful volunteers as we are sure you can appreciate they are hugely valued and much loved members of our Somerset House community.  

Please keep checking our website as we will have the tours up and running again as soon as we can.

 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.

Historical Highlights Tour
Historical Highlights Tour
Historical Highlights Tour
Historical Highlights Tour

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.

Historical Highlights Tour - Miles Stair
Historical Highlights Tour - Miles Stair

Somerset House Studios Tours

Once a month in place of the regular 13.15 & 15.15 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 Studios Tours.

Here's what people have been saying about our guided tours:

So fascinating! Excellent guide.
Very interesting and well explained, thank you!
Wonderful to hear a guide so passionate and knowledgeable.
So worthwhile, I bought the guide book. 
We'll come again!


When tours return you will be able to book tickets in advance.

There will also be a small number of tickets available (on the day only) from 10.30 at the Information Desk in Seamen's Hall, South Wing.

Tickets will be limited to a maximum of four per person. Larger groups should enquire about private guided tours.

Tours last approximately 1 hour. 

This tour is wheelchair accessible.

Private Guided Tours

For information about private guided tours of Somerset House please email visitor@somersethouse.org.uk

Historical Highlights Tour
Historical Highlights Tour

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