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Supreme Court

Many unsuspecting travellers are lured into the Supreme Court, which lies opposite the Houses of Parliament, by advertisements offering good, cheap coffee. But whatever their initial motives, most leave rather impressed with the Neo-Gothic building’s rich history and helpful staff. It started life in 1913 as the Middlesex Guildhall, but it wasn’t until October 2009 that the newly-appointed Supreme Court was established here, to act as the court of last resort. Visitors can sit in courtrooms during hearings, explore the permanent exhibition on the lower ground floor, or take a 50-minute guided tour which explains the Court’s role in the UK justice system, and explores private areas like the Library. The coffee, meanwhile, is just as advertised.

Parliament Square, Westminster
SW1P 3BD
Tel: 020 7960 1500
Opening Times: Open Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4.30pm; tours most Fris, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm
Entry Charges: Admission Free; tours free for under 16s; Adult £3.50-£5
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