Tours of Freemasons’ Hall
Freemasons’ Hall has been the centre of English freemasonry for 230 years. It is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England, the oldest Grand Lodge in the world, and also the meeting place for over 1000 Masonic lodges. The building, which is listed Grade II* was completed in 1933. The architects were H V Ashley and F Winton Newman. The interior of the building is richly decorated.
The Library and Museum organises free tours of the Grand Temple and ceremonial areas.
Freemasons’ Hall is not open on the Saturday preceding a Monday public holiday, nor on Sundays, public holidays or the Christmas / New Year period.
See the exhibitions & events calendar for other major events but please be aware that events can be arranged at short notice and if you are making a special trip it may be advisable to telephone +44 (0)20 7395 9257 a couple of days ahead to confirm that tours will be running on the day of your visit.
Monday – Friday
When the Grand Temple is not in use there are up to 5 tours per day at 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. There is no charge. Each tour starts in the Library and Museum. Visitors are asked to note that photographic ID may be required to be shown before the tour commences. There is no need to book a place unless you are part of a large group (see below).
Tours are only available on Saturdays on a booked basis subject to a minimum 7 days notice.
One tour only is made lasting from one and a half to two hours. Tour parties should assemble at 10.15am ready to move off at 10.30am. Each tour will commence from Great Queen Street entrance (or as otherwise instructed) and visitors are asked to note that photographic ID may be required to be shown before the tour commences.
As guides are present specifically for these tours, there is a booking fee of £1 per person, based on estimated numbers, (minimum 10, maximum 50), with a minimum booking fee of £10. To book a Saturday tour please contact Melrose Eccleston on +44 (0)20 7395 9251 to confirm the date required is available. Once this has been done, you can complete the booking form available here. If a group has to cancel its tour, the booking fee can be refunded or applied towards a rearranged booking if notification of cancellation reaches Miss Eccleston at least four weeks before the booked date.
Bookings by groups including lodges and chapters
Those arranging a group booking (for weekdays and Saturdays) are advised that they should confirm the date required is available by contacting Melrose Eccleston on +44 (0)20 7395 9251 as soon as possible and that a list of names of those in the group should be provided by no later than 48 hours ahead of the visit by mail or email marked for the attention of Miss Eccleston.