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UCL Walking Tour

Explore the rich and radical history of UCL, one of the world’s leading universities in the heart of London, on this free tour every Friday.

Founded in 1826, UCL has been at the forefront of radical and disruptive thinking for nearly 200 years.

Join us as we explore UCL’s campus and delve deeper into the researchers, students and stories that have helped shape the UCL of today.

Over the summer, tours run on a Friday, but not every week. Please check the Eventbrite for available dates. The tour will start at 12:30pm and last roughly an hour.

UCL Walking Tours are not campus tours designed for prospective students. If you are a prospective student, looking to study at UCL, please book onto a tour via the UCL Campus Tours website.

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About the Tour

Timings -  The tour takes place on Fridays, starting at 12:30 pm. Please check Eventbrite for available dates. We advise all visitors to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start.

The tour lasts one hour and covers roughly one mile in distance. 

Accessibility - We want to make sure everyone can enjoy the tour. Please let us know when you book if you have any additional access needs. The tour is wheelchair-accessible and sign language interpreters are available upon request. However, we are not able to provide wheelchairs. 

Departure point - The tour will depart from North Lodge (pictured right), which is situated at the entrance to the UCL Main Quad on Gower Street. It is the building to the left as you come through the main gates. Please look out for our student ambassadors who will be in purple and are on hand to walk you through UCL’s history.

Enquiries - If you have any questions, please check our Frequently Asked Questions.

(Pictured: UCL Walking Tour student ambassadors in front of the North Lodge)

2 UCL walking tour guides in front of North Lodge

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the tour?

The tour is free of charge.

How long is the tour?

The tour is one hour in total.

How do I book onto the tour?

Please book your place on the UCL Walking Tour booking page at www.ucl.ac.uk/about/ucl-walking-tour.

What days do the tours run?

The tours run on Fridays only.

Can I bring my children on the tour?

Yes, you are welcome to bring children on the tour.

Will the tour take place in the rain?

The tour will still go ahead in the rain so please do come prepared for all weathers. In the case of extreme weather conditions we would cancel the tour.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you are unable to attend the tour please let us know as soon as possible beforehand. Please note that UCL reserves the right to amend or cancel the tour in the case of unforeseen circumstances.

I am no longer able to make the tour on the day that I booked, am I able to book onto another day? 

Yes, you are very welcome to amend the date of your booking and you can do this via Eventbrite.

I am a prospective student, will I see student accommodation and lecture halls on the tour?

UCL Walking Tours are not designed for prospective students. If you are a prospective student, looking to study at UCL in future, please attend one of our UCL Open Days where you will be able to view student accommodation, have department tours, academic sessions and more. For general campus tours designed for prospective students, please book via the UCL Campus Tours website.

Can I provide feedback after the tour?

Yes, if you've been on the tour, we very much welcome your feedback. Access the feedback form.


Already taken the tour?

Why not visit the After the Tour page and find out more about the exhibitions and events open to the public. You can also provide feedback on the tour and help us make UCL Walking Tour even better!

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about studying at UCL and what to know more about what it’s like to study at UCL, please visit UCL Campus Tours to find out more.