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Bank of England Museum

#148 of 1,615 things to do in London
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Address: 1 Bartholomew Lane, London EC2N 2AX, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7601 5545
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10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This fascinating Museum, located within the impressive walls of the Bank of...

This fascinating Museum, located within the impressive walls of the Bank of England, tells the history of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to the present day. Its unique collections of coins, banknotes and artefacts are supplemented by audio-visual and interactive displays. Visitors can even handle a real gold bar!

Exciting new displays and exhibits have been added to the permanent galleries following a period of renovation.

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Free museum worth its weight in gold

Despite having lived in London all my life, this was my first visit to this little gem of a museum, which forms part of the Bank of England. I went with my five year old... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Despite having lived in London all my life, this was my first visit to this little gem of a museum, which forms part of the Bank of England. I went with my five year old granddaughter so we were able to enjoy the visit from totally different perspectives. It's not huge, comprising about ten rooms, but it is a fascinating... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A relatively small museum but very interesting. Explains how our monetary system works and the role of the Bank of England in simple terms, so economic news will make more sense after a visit here. Includes interactive exhibits.

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Thank CarolS98
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is small, but interesting. You can learn a lot about banking in UK, history od bank notes and you can see abd hold a gold bar.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you have a bit if time to spare it is well worth visiting the museum. Lots of exhibits and we got to touch a gold bar. There are lots of exhibits of currency. Best of all it's Free!!! Nearest tube is Bank. Entrance is located at the side of the building down a quiet side road. It took us... More 

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Thank delilahStokie
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Bank of England Museum, almost by accident, whilst wondering around central London. The museum offers and insight into the Bank and its origin and contains items from throughout it's history. Admission is free and its well worth a look if you're in the area.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting little museum that's hidden away... worth a visit if your in London and want to do something slightly different... well set out and presented... and it was free...

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Thank Mel L
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's an interesting place to visit. Adults & children will see well laid out displays and see how the bank & currency developed. Then you can try to lift a real gold ingot.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this museum I first come a few years ago with the hubby and spent a few hours here and loved it all about the economy and how the Bank of England works today and it's history. Now I work around the corner in TLB and I love to come and have a look around some lunch times it's... More 

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Thank Glamourtraveller
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Full of information about the history of the Bank of England and our currency today. Entrance is free.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice place to spend a morning in central London. It was free admission which made it even better. Friendly and helpful staff. It was nice to learn about something I had very little knowledge of. I definitely recommend the audio guide. Without it I don't think I would've enjoyed the visit as much. Lifting the gold bar was good,... More 

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