Barkingside Magistrates' Court

Educational Visits at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court 

National Justice Museum Education deliver workshops for schools and groups at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court.

This court centre has 5 courtrooms in total and houses both a Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. These courts deal with low-level local criminal cases involving adults and young offenders.

We have a specialist legal learning team who can deliver sessions within the courts and will introduce groups to the building and explain what happens here. Step into these working courtrooms to learn more about the English and Welsh justice system.

The professional environment of Barkingside Magistrates’ Courtcoupled with our thought-provoking courtroom activities, make an engaging learning experience for all.

Opening Times

Mon - Fri

9:00am - 4:30pm

Sat - Sun



Weekends, Bank holidays. Please book in advance for weekdays

How to find us

Barkingside Magistrates’ Court

850 Cranbrook Road,
Ilford, Essex,

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How to book

During an educational visit, groups will discover key spaces in the building, learn more about different legal cases and explore roles in a court room.

We offer a range of activities for students from Primary to University level.

Find out more about our courtroom workshops

Prices The introductory price is £5 per student

All activities must be pre-booked and payment made in advance.

Courtroom workshops are available on Thursdays and Fridays at either 10.30am -12.30pm or 1pm- 3pm

Once you’re ready to book your educational visit please email 

See full booking terms and conditions here

Access information

Barkingside Magistrates’ Court is located in Ilford and easy to reach via public transport.

The building is DDA (Disability Disabled Act) compliant and fully accesisble. We must be made aware of any access requirements in advance of your group visit so we can appropriately cater for your needs. Please contact us on to discuss this.

Hearing enhancement (in certain spaces – we cannot guarantee a courtroom with hearing loops to be available), Accessible toilets are available

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General information for educational visits

We can take bookings up to a year in advance but due to demand we may not always be able to accommodate your first choice. Our minimum booking number is 20 students. Your group may consist of fewer than 20 but you will be charged for 20 as a minimum. Exceptions may apply for SEN schools and other alternative provision groups. Please speak to the team. We have a maximum capacity of 25 -30 learners per workshop.

The building consists of working courts and trials take place during the day. Therefore, we ask all groups to respect the building and staff, keep noise to a minimum and not to run in corridors.

On arrival, groups will be asked to pass through normal security procedures at the court buildings (similar to airport security).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book in advance? All educational visits led by our team must be pre-booked.

How long do I allow for a visit?
2 hours for a courtroom workshop.

Where can I park?  Unfortunately, we do not have parking on site. Coaches are able to drop off and pick up your students close to the courts.  Nearest Tube station is Barkingside on the central line.

Can you recommend any good coach companies?
Yes. We have relationships with Epsom Coaches, Kings Ferry Coaches, and Tellings Golden Miller.

Do you offer free familiarisation visits?
Yes. Teaching professionals are welcome to come and have a look around the courts free of charge before you make your booking. To arrange a free familiarisation visit, contact us at 

Are you allowed to bring cameras and camcorders?
You are not allowed to take any pictures or film inside the building.

Are there any spaces to each lunch or leave our bags?  Unfortunately there is nowhere for groups to have lunch on site.  Your bags and coats must be kept with you at all times.