St Bartholomew’s Hospital Guided Tour




27 May 2022


We run this event every week except during the Christmas and Easter holidays
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm


St Bartholomew’s Hospital
London EC1A 7BE

The Great Hall looking east
The Great Hall looking east

Discover more about this much-loved London hospital, whose history dates back nearly 900 years! It was founded by King Henry I’s courtier Rahere in 1123, who’s buried in the nearby St Bartholomew the Great Church.

Nothing remains of Rahere’s buildings but there’s still much to impress. On this your you’ll visit the medieval St Bartholomew the Less church, admire the 18th buildings by James Gibbs and the new Maggie’s Centre, and walk up the elegant stairs to the Great Hall, which were decorated by one of Britain’s greatest painters, William Hogarth. And there’s even a strong Sherlock Holmes connection…

We run this tour every week from April 22nd on Fridays at 2pm except over the Christmas and Easter holidays. They start from the Henry VIII Gate, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance here at Eventbrite.

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and access to some areas may occasionally be restricted as restoration work takes place.

Tours cost £12 per adult, £10 concessions (senior citizens and NHS workers), plus booking fee. Accompanied children under 12 are free. 50% of tickets goes to Barts Heritage Appeal for the restoration of the Hospital’s works of art and other treasures.

This tour is run in collaboration with Barts Heritage