Plan your visit

Plan your free visit to our museum

Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Free, no booking needed

Open late every third Thursday of the month, until 8pm (last entry 7.30pm). Closed Bank Holidays and weekends.

Visiting the museum 

We look forward to welcoming you to our museum. Find out how to get here and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Opening hours and tickets

Our museum is free to visit, with no booking or tickets required. We are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm), and until 8pm (last entry 7.30pm) every third Thursday of the month. We are closed on Bank holidays and weekends.

Before your visit, please check if we have any upcoming planned closures.

Frequently asked questions

  • Our museum is free to visit. You do not need to book a ticket to visit.

    If you are bringing a group larger than 15, we ask you notify us in advance. Please check out our Schools or Groups page for more information.

  • We are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm), and until 8pm (last entry 7.30pm) every third Thursday of the month. We are closed on Bank Holidays and weekends.

  • Most people take about an hour to look around our museum.
  • Yes, you may bring a group. It is free to visit. If your group is larger than 15, please notify us in advance by completing this form. Learn more on our Schools or Groups page. 
  • Check out our What’s On page for upcoming events, talks, and tours. All events are free, but some may require advance booking.

    We’re open until 8pm (last entry 7.30pm) every third Thursday of the month.

  • Yes. We have free printed guides of the museum available at our information desk.

    We also offer free audio-guides to our museum from your smartphone on Smartify. If possible, please bring your own headphones. QR codes are available in the museum to launch the tour from the internet browser of your mobile phone. 

    Audio-guides are available with BSL interpretation.

  • We provide talks for UK-based state schools and adult community groups. Please see our Presentations for Schools or Groups page for more information.

  • We have a small gift shop where you can buy a range of Bank of England related items. Please note the shop closes at 4:40pm.

    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 belongings such as bags, luggage or prams. You must always keep your belongings with you.
  • We want everyone to enjoy their visit to our museum. Please find out what we offer to make our museum more accessible for everyone.
  • Yes! Many of our displays are enjoyed by children of all ages.

    Learn more about visiting the museum as a family and the resources we offer on our Families page.

  • 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 @boemuseum.
  • We welcome hundreds of school groups each year to our museum for free visits. Learn more about our offerings for schools.

  • Yes. If you’re interested in historical research, find out more about the Bank of England’s archive.
  • Absolutely! Please email us at or give us a ring on 020 3461 5545. Our phoneline is monitored from 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. If the phone line is busy, please leave a message and we will call you back.
  • The safety and security of our staff and visitors is important to us. Hand sanitiser is available throughout the Museum and we highly recommend that this, or our hand washing facilities, are used during your visit. This is particularly important when handling the interactive parts of our collection, for example whilst lifting the gold bar or attempting to crack our safe!

Getting here

You can find us 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 (DLR))
  • Cannon Street (District and Circle lines)
  • Mansion House (District and Circle lines)
  • Monument (District and Circle lines)
  • Moorgate (Northern, and Hammersmith & City lines)

Before your journey, check Transport for London's website for more information and route disruptions.

By bus

Several bus routes run through the city, near the Bank of England Museum.

For details, please check this map of buses from Bank

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

Since we’re in the City of London, there are very few parking spaces near us. We recommend 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, including disabled parking.

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.

This page was last updated 15 May 2024