Building, Garden and Medical History Tours
Royal College of Physicians

Museum and building guided tours

Group tours

Contact us to book a guided tour for your group of six or more people. Tours last around an hour and are £8 per person. Let us know your special interest and we may be able to tailor your visit to focus on history, medicine, art or architecture. We advise booking at least one month in advance. As a busy conference venue, some rooms may be unavailable on your visit. Tours are usually free for full-time students.

Email history@rcplondon.ac.uk to check availability and more information.

First Wednesday 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. Pre-booking is not required. Meet us at the main reception. 

Discover

  • 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.

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.