Art Tour

A Close Encounter with Christopher Wren

3 Jul 2023 – 5 Jul 2023

Regular hours

Mon, 03 Jul
10:00 – 17:00
Tue, 04 Jul
10:00 – 17:00
Wed, 05 Jul
10:00 – 17:00

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City & Guilds of London Art School

London, United Kingdom


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  • Kennington station(Northern Line)
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In the tercentenary year of Sir Christopher Wren’s death, join architectural historian, Dr Michael Paraskos, on a journey of discovery, taking in some of Wren’s most iconic landmarks and gaining surprising insights into his work and his lasting influence on British architecture.


This year marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723), a man considered by many to be Britain’s greatest architect. As well as building some of the most iconic landmarks in London and beyond, Wren established a style of building that helped define the London skyline for over two centuries.

Our 3-day course is a journey of discovery through some of Wren’s architectural achievements in and around London, including the Royal Naval Hospital at Greenwich, Hampton Court Palace, London City Churches and St Paul’s Cathedral. Guided by an architectural historian and experienced educator, you will discover the influences from France and Italy that helped to define his style, learn how Wren integrated his scientific training into his architecture, and explore some of the perhaps surprising aspects of Wren’s work that lift him from being a dry classical revivalist into a creative artist.

As well as discovering Wren himself, you will encounter some of the architects who influenced him and those he came to influence, and along the way you will learn some of the specialist vocabulary used to describe Wren’s particular style.

An intense, but enjoyable and rewarding experience, the course is both a discovery of Wren, and a journey to uncover the foundations of British architecture which Wren helped to lay for future generations. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended!

What’s included: entrance fees and train travel to Hampton Court

What isn’t included: your meals, optional entrance to St. Paul’s Cathedral

Led by art historian Dr Michael Paraskos


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