Plan your visit

It’s free to visit us.

Explore our museum from home

We are temporarily closed but you can still explore our online collections. You can also visit our home learning hub and watch our brand new banknote workshop video.

Unfortunately, we are not yet able to reopen, unlike some museums. That’s because we have limited space which makes it very difficult to comply with social distancing rules.

Getting here

We’re in the same building as the Bank of England. Our museum entrance is on Bartholomew Lane, London EC2R 8AH.

If you are facing the Bank of England’s main entrance on Threadneedle Street, we are around the corner on the right.

By tube

The nearest underground tube stations are:

  • Bank (Central, Northern, and Waterloo & City lines, and Docklands Light Railway)
  • Cannon Street (District and Circle lines)
  • Mansion House (District and Circle lines)
  • Monument (District and Circle lines)
  • Moorgate (Northern, and Hammersmith & City lines)

Visit Transport for London for more information.

By bus

Bus routes 8, 11, 21, 23, 25, 26, 43, 76, 133, 141, 242 and 388 run past the Bank of England.

Routes 47, 48 and 149 run along Gracechurch Street, which is a five-minute walk from us.

By train

Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street and Cannon Street mainline stations are within a 10-minute walk. Visit National Rail for more information.

By car or coach

We are in the City of London and there are no parking spaces near us. We suggest you use public transport if you can. The nearest car parks are at:

  • Thames Exchange, Bell Wharf Lane, EC4R 3TB
  • 158-170 Aldersgate Street, EC1A 4HY

The City of London has more information about parking in the City.

In Bartholomew Lane, drivers and coach operators who drop off or pick up passengers on the double yellow lines do so at their own risk.

Frequently asked questions

  • Entry is free of charge. All our activities, exhibitions, talks and presentations are also free.
  • We are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm).

  • Most people take about an hour to look around our museum.
  • You can pick up a free printed guide from our information desk to help you explore our museum.

    We have audio guides in English which are free to use in the museum. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Yes. We provide talks for small groups and presentations for larger groups. See Book a talk or presentation.

  • We have a small gift shop where you can buy a range of Bank of England related items.

    We don't have a cafe but there are places to buy drinks or sandwiches nearby. Eating and drinking are not allowed in the museum.

  • Yes, there’s free wifi for our visitors.
  • No - we don’t have lockers or anywhere to store luggage - if you bring luggage, you must keep it with you at all times.
  • Please find out what we offer to try to make our museum more accessible for everyone.
  • Yes! Many of our displays are enjoyed by children of all ages.

    Pick up a free activity sheet from our information desk. Get a small reward if you fill one in!

    We have activity sheets for different levels of understanding. So there’s something for children of all ages and abilities.

    1. I spy in the Bank (up to 5 years)
    2. Explore the Bank (5 to 7 years)
    3. Investigate the Bank (8 to 11 years)
    4. Discover the Bank (12 to 14 years)
    5. Understand the Bank (15 to 17 years)

    We often hold free family events and activities during the school holidays. Find out what’s on now or coming soon.

    Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

    We don’t have a lot of space for storing buggies and pushchairs. So we may ask you to take them with you as you go round the museum.

    If you bring scooters you must carry them with you at all times.

    Baby changing facilities are available in our accessible toilet.

    You are welcome to breast or bottle feed anywhere in the museum.

  • You can take photos as long as it’s without flash and for personal use only. You’re not allowed to take photos of others without consent or to record videos.

    We’d love to see your photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so please share them and tag us!
  • Yes, we welcome school and community groups. We can offer you a free group talk or presentation. You must book these in advance.

    Before your trip, please read our risk-assessment information about visiting with a school group or visiting with a community group.

  • We offer free group presentations for 7 to 14 year olds (‘Pounds and Pence’) and for 14 to 18 year olds (‘Keeping on an Even Keel’). These must be booked at least four weeks in advance.

    We also offer free classroom resources including teaching materials, videos and competitions.

  • Yes. If you’re interested in historical research, find out more about the Bank of England’s archive.
  • Yes, you can phone us on 020 3461 5545. We can answer your call from 9am to 11am or 4pm to 5pm (Monday to Friday) or you can leave a message. You can also email us at
This page was last updated 18 August 2020

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