500 Years of Medicine: A history

Marking the 500th anniversary of the Royal College of Physicians, this brand new tour for 2018, explores each of the last five centuries and the medical innovations that have shaped each era. 

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Discover how the classical ‘art of medicine’ developed by Hippocrates and Galen still dominated medical practice in Tudor and Stuart England. 

Learn how the Age of Enlightenment altered medicine forever, paving the way for its transition from art to science. 

Encounter unscrupulous – and virtuous – doctors of the 18th century and how the Victorians were the first to make medicine available to the masses.

Be inspired by the search for universal healthcare in the 20th century and the astonishing advances of the last 150 years.

A route through the heart of medical London takes in Harley Street, the homes of Britain’s dentists, midwives, nurses and anaesthetists and concludes with a look forward to medicine’s future. 

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For tour dates click here to visit Our Calendar page To arrange a private group tour any time contact us by email at discovermedicallondon@gmail.com 

The walk commences at The Royal College of Physicians  and lasts around 2½ to 3 hours including a highlights tour of the Royal College, its museum and collections*. 

The tour costs £12 per person click here to book onlineBOOKONLINELOGO_large

A small number of tickets are available on a turn up and pay basis on the day. These places are limited and payment should be made to the guide in cash. 


“Pioneers: The men and women who made medicine” is also available as a private tour at any time by prior arrangement, subject to a minimum charge.

For further details or to make a group booking for a private tour please contact us at  discovermedicallondon@gmail.com 

* On occasion access to the Royal College of Physicians may be limited due to events or works being carried out.

Click here for a map and directions to the Royal College of Physicians.