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County Hall open for Heritage Open Days 2019

County Hall outside viewA rare opportunity to see behind the scenes at the Grade II listed County Hall, with tours taking place throughout the day showing the key features of this historic building including the Court Room, Grand Hall and Council Chamber.

Built by Charles Henry Howell, County Hall became the home for Surrey County Council in 1893. Including a purpose built court, gaol cells and a council chamber. The building was designed for all the functions carried out by the council. Since its original construction the building has now been greatly expanded with the original law courts used by camera crews for films and television shows such as Legend, A Very English Scandal and Call The Midwife.

This guided tour will take visitors through the history of County Hall starting from its origins with the closure of The Sessions House in Newington, to damage during the Second World War and right up to the present day. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the impressive court room, the historic council chamber and the gaol cells while learning about the history of Surrey County Council.

Opening times

Sunday 15 September from 10am until 4pm.

County Hall cellsBooking details

No booking required

Please complete our expression of interest form so we have an idea of numbers and rough times when visitors may be arriving.


As a historic building, unfortunately some parts of County Hall are inaccessible to wheelchair users. We will do our best to accommodate guests to provide access to as much of the tour as possible.

Additional information

Max 25 people per tour/session. Access to the building will only be by tour.

Tours will take place every half hour with the last tour being at 3.30PM. Tours are expected to last between 30 and 45 minutes.

Parking for County Hall is not provided. Visitors will need to use one of the many car parks in Kingston.

County Hall Grand HallDirections

Located adjacent to Bittoms multi-storey car park which is signposted around Kingston.