Historical Highlights Tour
Talks and tours

Historical Highlights Tour

Every Thursday & Saturday

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

Meet in Seamen's Hall
South Wing

Please note, on Saturday 09, 16 and 23 June there are two Historical Highlights Tours taking place at 12.15 & 14.15. 

There are no tours taking place on Thursday 21 June 2018.  

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.

Somerset House Studios Tours

On the third Saturday of each 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.

There are Somerset House Studios Tours at 13.15 and 15.15 on Saturday 19 May, tickets will be available 30 minutes before each tour from the New Wing Reception Desk.

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

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!


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.

Historical Highlights Tour
Historical Highlights Tour

Private Guided Tours

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