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Guided tours of Mansion House


The Mansion House

The City Guide tour

When? Every Tuesday at 2pm.

Duration of tour - one hour

Meeting point
the A-board near the porch entrance to Mansion House – this is in Walbrook (exit 8 from Bank tube station).

Cost
£6 adults; £4 concs (please pay the guide in cash).

Booking
Tours cannot be booked in advance. Please arrive at the meeting point described above by 1.45pm for a 2pm start. The maximum number for the tour is 40, so please allow enough time. Visitors will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.Please note that no tours take place in August when Mansion House is closed for refurbishment ; on public holidays which may fall on a Tuesday, such as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day or when the Mansion House is used for other events.

Please note the following tours have been cancelled:

- Tuesday 1 November 2011

- Tuesday 8 November 2011

About the tour

On the tour, your guide will explain the history of the House, how it has been used by previous Lord Mayors, and the important role it plays in supporting the current Lord Mayor. The tour includes many of the public rooms on the first floor of the House, as well as the Harold Samuel Collection, which comprises eighty-four 17th Century Dutch and Flemish paintings by such masters as Frans Hals, Nicoleas Maes, and Jacob Ruisdael.

The tours are led by trained City of London Guides. View details of their other guided walks here.

Please note, if there are business meetings in some parts of the House, then it may not be possible to view these areas. However the guide will explain who is there and what is going on, and this will help to illustrate the daily work of the Lord Mayor.

Useful information

View frequently asked questions about the tours.
Find out more about the Mansion House
See a photo tour of the House on the BBC website.

 

The group tour

The Long Parlour When? There are no regular slots but tours are arranged at a time to suit the programme of events at Mansion House and up to three months in advance.

Duration of tour - one hour

Cost - Free

Booking, email john.davies@cityoflondon.gov.uk or call 020 7397 9316.

About the tour

Group tours are available for self-organised (non-commercial) groups with a minimum number of 20 and a maximum of 40. All tours are guided by an employee of the City of London Corporation and  cover the same areas as the City Guides Tour.

Please note
We regret that given the high level and continuous demands for use of the House, that booked tours may very occasionally have to be cancelled at short notice. It may also not be possible to see certain rooms due to business meetings and events taking place within the House. The House is closed throughout August for essential maintenance and on Bank Holidays.

Tours of the art collection

The Merry Lute Player by Frans Hals  When?There are no regular slots but tours are arranged at a time to suit the programme of events at Mansion House, and up to three months in advance.

Duration of tour - 1.5 hours

Booking, john.davies@cityoflondon.gov.uk or call 020 7397 9316. The tours are guided by Guildhall Art Gallery staff.

Cost - £82 per group, maximum 20 people

What's to see? Find out more about the Art and Sculpture on display at the Mansion House

Please note It may not be possible to view some areas as business meetings are often scheduled at short notice. However the guide will explain who is there and what is going on, and this will help to illustrate the daily work of the Lord Mayor. We regret that given the high level and continuous demands for use of the House, that booked tours may very occasionally have to be cancelled at short notice.

 

The Salon Open House weekend

Every year in September, the Open House Architectural Festival opens the doors to venues not  usually accessible to the public. The Mansion House participates in the festival and further information can be found on the Open House website. This year the Open House takes place on the 17 and 18 September 2011.


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