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Guided tours are available around the historic and awe-inspiring buildings of Middle Temple. You will feel as though you are going back in time as you walk down cobbled lanes flanked with gas street lamps towards one of the finest Elizabethan Halls in the country.
The tour will take you into Middle Temple Hall with its magnificent double-hammer beam roof which was completed in 1573. Generations of royalty have all dined on our 29ft oak High Table – reputedly a gift from Elizabeth I herself. Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake have been known to dine in Hall. It is also said that the first-recorded performance of Twelfth Night took place in Hall in 1602.
Tours are subject to availability and must be pre-booked through the Events Department. A minimum number of 10 people are required for a tour which costs £12.00 per person. Tours last approximately one hour.
Frequently Asked Questions
What time can we book and how long does the tour last for?
Tours take place in the morning before Hall lunch, starting at 9:00am at the earliest and 11:15am at the latest. Tours last approximately one hour.
Which spaces do we visit during the tour?
You will visit the Middle Temple Hall and Bench Apartments (Parliament Chamber, Queen’s Room and Prince’s Room) – Subject to availability as events may be taking place in one or more of these spaces.
Where do we meet at the start of the tour?
You will meet your tour guide at the entrance of the Middle Temple Hall on Middle Temple Lane.
How much does a tour cost?
For groups of 10 people or more, a tour costs £12 per person. For groups of less than 10 people, the tour costs £100 in order to cover the costs of the tour guides.
Can we arrange tour guides based on our interests?
Yes. If you have any specific interests regarding certain aspects of the Inn (history, art, architecture, theatre, etc.), please inform the events department in advance.
Can we have lunch after the tour?
Yes, you can combine your tour with lunch afterwards. Please inform the events department in advance regarding this. If your group is over 6 people, you will be served from our plated menu and your lunch must be paid in advance. See our Lunch menu here: www.middletemple.org.uk/lunch
Can we join an existing tour?
No, groups cannot join other pre-booked and pre-arranged groups. Each new group must book its own independent time and day from other groups.
How do I make payment for my tour?
We take payments over the phone with your credit or debit card.
What is the cancellation policy?
Our cancellation policy for tours is 5 working days – after that time, we cannot offer any refunds (this includes a decrease in your number of attendees).
Where do I book a tour as a prospective student?
If you are a prospective student looking for a tour of Middle Temple, please see the following link: www.middletemple.org.uk/becoming-barrister/student-tours