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Access Information


The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE

Contact details 

Telephone: 020 7405 3474
Textphone/Typetalk users: 18001 020 7405 3474

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is at 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, on the south side of the square. This is in the centre of London near to Holborn and Covent Garden.

The College occupies two buildings on this site. The main building is currently closed and undergoing major renovation. It is due to reopen to visitors in late 2020 with greatly improved access facilities. Find out more about the future of our Lincoln's Inn buildings

The other building to the left of the main building is the Nuffield College of Surgical Sciences. This is a brick building with a set of steps and an external access lift to the right of the steps.

Nuffield building

Directions to the RCS

Get information on travelling to the College by car or public transport – including details of Blue badge parking in the area. 

Entering the College buildings

Our main building is undergoing major redevelopment until late 2020. For the duration of this work, all staff and operations have moved to the Nuffield School of Surgical Sciences building to the left of the main building.

Nuffield entrance

Nuffield Building showing steps and external access liftThe entrance to the Nuffield reception is up a flight of nine steps. There are handrails to the left, right and up the centre of the steps. At the top of the steps you're required to press the black doorbell. These are very heavy doors and if you don't enter the building immediately staff will come to see if you need assistance.

Nuffield lift entranceTo the right of the steps is an accessible lift. Instructions for operating the lift can be found on the lift door. Prior to accessing the lift, use the call button beside the lift to notify staff so that they can provide you with assistance into the building.

Once through the main doors, the second set of lobby doors open automatically. All visitors should go to the reception desk on the left side of the lobby on arrival. Staff will provide directions to the relevant meeting room or contact a College staff member for you. 

The reception desk is staffed at all times during working hours.

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)

On arrival, any visitors who would require assistance during an emergency evacuation should complete a ‘Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan’ (PEEP). This is a bespoke 'escape plan' for individuals who may not be able to reach an ultimate place of safety unaided or within a satisfactory period in the event of any emergency. Please speak to reception desk staff once you are in the building to arrange this.

Facilities and services


Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other assistance dogs are welcome in the College.


There is a unisex accessible toilet on the ground floor of the building in the Nuffield Lounge.

Nuffield lounge

Visitors are welcome to use the Nuffield Fellows lounge.

Access guide

A Word version of our full visitor access guide is available to download.

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