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Open House weekend – explore Lincoln’s Inn

Exterior of the Treasury Building at Lincoln's Inn in the sun

Your chance to explore the history and architectural highlights of Lincoln’s Inn, one of the four Inns of Court, and a thriving society of barristers for at least 600 years.

On 17 and 18 September 2022, Open House, the largest annual festival of architecture and design, returns to the capital. Over the weekend, visitors are invited to discover the secrets of Lincoln’s Inn, with architecture ranging from the 15th Century to the 21st Century, set amid peaceful gardens.

Drop in between 10 am and 4 pm (last entry is at 3.30pm) to collect a map and explore at your own pace with a free self-guided tour. Inn staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Step through the doors of Lincoln’s Inn to uncover hidden treasures including the magnificent Great Hall, opened by Queen Victoria in 1845, an art collection including works by William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds and G.F. Watts, and filming locations for lavish productions including Downton Abbey and Netflix’s recent hit series, The Sandman. Attend one of our talks to learn the answer to the question, ‘What is a barrister?’ and explore our special exhibitions on the Inn’s history, architecture and members.

What is Open House?
Open House is a festival of remarkable buildings, usually closed to the public, opening up their doors to all, completely free of charge. Visit the Open House website for more information about the festival – see the Inn’s listing here.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required – feel free to drop in
  • Doors will open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Last entry will be at 3.30 pm
  • Maps available on the day
  • ‘What is a Barrister?’ – booking for these talks is recommended as spaces are limited.
  • Exhibitions on the Inn’s history, architecture and members – no booking required
  • As this will be a popular event, please be prepared to queue
  • Travel and accessibility information

Whether you are a member of Lincoln’s Inn, an Inn regular, or if you’ve never been inside an Inn of Court and want to know more, this is a great opportunity to bring along your friends and family and experience our historic estate.

A large black key next to the words Open House Festival