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Historic tours

Tours are conducted by members of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association on behalf of St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives and Museum.

Tours take in the church of St Bartholomew the Less; the Hospital's Square, North Wing and Great Hall, all designed by James Gibbs; and Hogarth's famous biblical paintings. They will also give visitors background information about Smithfield and the surrounding area, and the Hospital’s role within the area’s history. Tours do not include the church of St Bartholomew the Great, which stands outside of the hospital boundary. 

Tours take place every Friday at 2pm. Meet at the Henry VIII Gate, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE. Tours do not take place over the Christmas and Easter holidays.

Cost: £7 per adult, £6 concessions (senior citizens and full-time students). Accompanied children are free.

All proceeds go towards the work of St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum and Archives.

Please note: that The North Wing is a working building and access to some areas may occasionally be restricted. If you would like to check availability of spaces in the North Wing, please contact the museum on 020 3465 5798.

Tours by the archivist

The archivist may, at her discretion, conduct tours for groups of ten or more on request at other times of the week (working hours only). Please contact the archives to discuss your request.


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