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Old Bailey

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Address: Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH, England
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With the gold some and scales of justice looks very much the central court. The large prisoner entrance in newgate street. Must be intimidating to prisoners entering in vans. This... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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927 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With the gold some and scales of justice looks very much the central court. The large prisoner entrance in newgate street. Must be intimidating to prisoners entering in vans. This compares to an almost stately entrance in old Bailey itself is

Thank PHE22
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is definitely worth going to on your trip to London apart from an amazing building outside its amazing inside too.

Thank willowend
London, United Kingdom
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301 reviews
200 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

The Old Bailey, also known as Justice Hall, the Sessions House, and the Central Criminal Court. This working courthouses built on the site of Old Newgate Prison. With a sword in one hand and scales in the other the gold statue of justice on top of the Old Bailey has one difference to many other similar pieces - Justice herself... More 

4 Thank Rubaiyat E S
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

I'm surprised that so few people visit the public galleries of the Old Bailey. It's free, but if you enter a court, you must sit for a minimum of half an hour so as not to disrupt proceedings. You can't take phones, large bags or electrical goods, but there's a travel agent called Capable Travel down the Road at 4... More 

9 Thank Goingorganic
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

This is Britain and all it stands for at it's best. It is gritty, upsetting, fascinating, insightful, humbling and totally awesome. There is regalia and history and drama and procedure all rolled into one worthy experience! As a former expert witness the Old Bailey is my favourite of all the London courtrooms I ever had to attend. Steeped in the... More 

4 Thank TheHarve
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Today I visited what is the cornerstone of the British criminal judicial system and what an experience. If you have any interest in criminal law or are particularly following a trial then this is well worth a visit. I arrived early (0900) and dropped off my phone at 'Capable Travel', just down on the left from the court. This service... More 

Rijeka, Croatia
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1,353 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 643 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

A well-known Central Criminal Court, named by the street where it is located, is an imposing building which was built in 1907. But the history of this place goes as far as the 16th century. Don’t miss the bronze statue of Lady Justice at the top of the dome, holding a sword in her right hand and the scales of... More 

1 Thank Borzov
Preston, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Firstly visit Capability Travel Agents which is on the same street- this is where you can leave your phone for £ 1 or bag for £ 5 - security is high at the old bailey and you won't get in with any electronics etc. Then walk up to the Old Bailey and ask the guard which courts to visit. When... More 

11 Thank Hazi-Hammenuhoth
Devon, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Visited on a whim while on a family trip around St Paul's and glad we did. Helpful leaflet given out providing a self-guided walk around the many different elements to the courts. Plenty of history here and also the opportunity to see justice in action, a bit weird knowing that some real life decisions were being made whilst we walked... More 

1 Thank Woolleg
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Prepare for strict security check. No phones or electronic devices allowed in. Staff inside very friendly - they'll tell you what kind of cases they are having on a day.

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