The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales (commonly called the Old Bailey, after the street on which it stands) is a court in London and one of a number of buildings housing the Crown Court. Part of the present building stands on the site of the medieval Newgate gaol, on a road named Old Bailey that follows the line of the City of London's fortified wall (or bailey), which runs from Ludgate Hill to the junction of Newgate Street and Holborn Viaduct. The Old Bailey has been housed in several structures near this location since the sixteenth century, and its present building dates from 1902, designed by Edward William Mountford.Plan your visit to Old Bailey and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our London journey website.
The Crown Court sitting at the Central Criminal Court deals with major criminal cases from within Greater London and in exceptional cases, from other parts of England and Wales. Trials at the Old Bailey, as at other courts, are open to the public; however, they are subject to stringent security procedures.
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I went with my parents and aunt to have a look into a real life trial and it was fascinating. Leave your electronics at home or store them for a fee at a travel agents around the corner. The guard... more »
I came across by accident when walking round the city. The old Bailey is a great building and I was just so pleased to see its iconic symbol on the roof. more »
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