Locals know that the Gothic revival interiors here are one of London’s best architectural splendors. Courts are open to the public (over aged 14) but the civil trials might not be as interesting as the criminal ones heard at the nearby Old Bailey.
Come here for the impressive vaulted ceilings. The entrance hall alone is enough to make you gasp but wait until you get to the Painted Room. There are more than 1000 rooms and three-and-a-half miles of corridors including a secret one known as Chicken Run. The costume display showing the different types of robes and wigs that are worn by the judges is fun – at the very least just whiz through.
If you have the time, it’s worth trying to book a hard-to-get tour. You’ll see more hidden corners and understand better what you’re seeing.
Tip: UK appeals – even for criminal cases – are heard on the fifth floor. NOTE WELL: No photography allowed and children under 14 are not allowed in courtrooms.