For as little as £5 a head
make your day at the Old Bailey one to remember. I will
guide you straight to the most interesting cases after
giving you a talk on the fascinating history of the
Let me share the knowledge I have
built up working as a crime reporter for over two
decades at the Old Bailey.
Your day will begin with a talk, in
which I will show you where the public hangings took
place, the pub, where the wealthy rented rooms to get
the best view of the executions and other historical
points of interest.
That is not all. Each visitor
receives as part of my exclusive service a
three/five-page run down of everything going on in the
18 courts and told which cases to view and what time
they are on. If there is an interesting trial on you
will know about it, if one of the country's top criminal
barristers is in action you can be there to witness
advocacy at its best. There is also a two-page history
sheet for you to keep.
For schools, colleges and
universities I provide a special teachers information
pack as part of the service. This is sent out before
your visit and gives teachers all the information they
need to prepare a lecture or class so students come to
the court knowing what to look for and properly
The pack includes important
historical dates in the court's 1,000 year history, an
outline of the English Justice System and how it
compares with other country's legal systems, what
sentences criminals can expect if convicted of certain
crimes and a guide to the lay out of the court.
Everything a student should know to enhance their day at
or e-mail me at
This is what customers, who have
used my service have said:
John Thornley, a tutor at
Eastbourne College in Sussex:
' A fantastic insight and much appreciated by all who
were there.' Fascinating for those of us who have never
set foot in a court before (luckily!).
Susanna Shaw, Royal Hospital School, Ipswich: ' we had
a lovely day - very interesting talk. Specially liked
the bit about people buried in lime ... We will be back
again next year I have no doubt.
Stuart Hunt, American tourist: 'Fantastic service, I
really enjoyed my day at the court. Your information was
a great help. Happy to recommend your service.
tutor, Plater College Oxford: 'Students had a very
enjoyable, pleasurable and informative day. Thank you
for the interesting historical background you gave
before we went into court. It set the scene very well'
Jill Hamblin, head of English at Colchester Boys High
School, Essex: 'the boys greatly enjoyed the day. They
were thrilled especially those who got into the gangland
Paula Chorlton, Oxford tutor: 'Got really positive
feedback about the tour from my students and will
definitely recommend it to others.'
We have been asked to point out
that strict security measures make it impossible for
visitors to go into the main body of the building. You
will only have access to the public galleries to view
trials. (It is a bit like being in the balcony seats of
a small theatre.) Admittance to the galleries is free as
it is a public building. You may have to queue to gain
admittance to a particular case if the public gallery is
full. There is no wheel chair access to the old Bailey
For further information on visiting the Old Bailey