Building, Garden and Medical History Tours
Royal College of Physicians

Museum Tours

On the first Wednesday of each month, join us from 1.30–2pm for a free guided tour to discover 500 years of medicine, history, art and architecture.

Explore

  • our portraits and silver on display throughout our headquarters in Regent’s Park.
  • medical collections on display include the Symons collection, the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars and the Prujean chest of surgical instruments.
  • our extraordinary set of 17th-century human remains - John Finch's anatomical tables giving a fascinating insight into dissection and discovery in anatomy.
  • regular displays from our archive and rare books collections.
  • our award-winning exhibitions and events highlighting treasures from the historical collections.

Advance booking is not necessary, just let reception know you’re here for the museum tour when you arrive. If you would like to reserve your place, please email: history@rcplondon.ac.uk.

History and architecture group tours

Contact us to book a guided tour for your group of six or more. Tours last an hour and can be tailored to your interest in history, medicine, art or architecture. Student groups are usually free. Email history@rcplondon.ac.uk for more information.

 

Medicinal Garden Tours

Medicinal garden at the RCPWe offer free 'drop-in' tours of the medicinal garden on the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm. The garden tours are only held March through to October. Booking is not necessary, but you can reserve your place by contacting: reception@rcplondon.ac.uk or call +44 (0)203 075 1200.

Explore

The garden has been beautifully designed and is a wonderfully calm space in the centre of London. The real joy of the garden is in its unique and bespoke collections of plants that offer living examples of the history of medicine from the era of the pyramids of Egypt to today’s life-saving prescription drugs.

There are also plants whose names commemorate physicians such as Rudbeck, Dahl, Fuchs, Kniphof and Zinn and a descendant of the tree under which Hippocrates taught medical students 2,400 years ago. Many of the plants have no current medical use but they offer an illuminating window into the history, beliefs and culture of medicine through the ages.

RCP medicinal garden guided tour group

Group tours of six or more or tailored tours to you special interest can be arranged by emailing social.events@rcplondon.ac.uk or call +44 (0)207 034 4901.

They are free to attend and last for 45–60 minutes.
Any donations towards the garden will be gratefully received.

 

 

Discover Medical London - Medical History Tours

Join our professional guiding partners, Discover Medical London, every Thursday at 2pm as they lead you through the streets and stories that have made this a city of sickness and a city of cures for over a thousand years.

Encounter the people and places that have made London a capital of contagion and a home for healing throughout time.
From blue-blooded Royalty to body snatchers, anatomists to anaesthetists, physicians, pharmacists and Fellows to the founding fathers of the National Health Service. All are to be found in history and along the capital’s thoroughfares….

Tours take place every Thursday 03 May to 25 October at 2pm starting at the Royal College of Physicians (beginning with a guided visit to the museum and collections).

For further details and to book, please visit Discover Medical London.

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