This building was built in the years 1794-96 by Samuel Wyatt, Surveyor to the Corporation and brother of the famous James; Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger laid the foundation stone 12 September 1793, and the first Court inside the new building was on 23 May 1796.

It was gutted in 1940 when a German incendiary bomb lodged in the roof of the stairwell, leaving nothing of the original building save the Trinity Square façade. Professor (later Sir) Albert E Richardson undertook the reconstruction of the house by using a number of photographs of the rooms, taken by Country Life magazine in 1919, to reconstitute almost exactly the interior in its original form.

Trinity House, which is Grade I listed, was refurbished and redecorated in March 1990; the redecoration is, where possible, in keeping with the 1790s period when the house was originally built.




Location

Trinity House, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4DH (Download PDF map)

Costs

A charge of £8.00 per person will apply and this fee is paid in to the Trinity House charitable fund providing education and welfare services for past, present and future mariners.

Tour duration

The tour lasts for approximately 75 minutes and is limited to 25 people per tour.

Time

Tours start at 1500.