Listings tagged with "Top Museums"

The following listings are unsponsored and have no booking links
Courtauld Gallery

Full of unexpected corners and delightful collections of impressionist paintings, the Courtauld Gallery might just be the perfect place to spend a London afternoon. Their permanent collection includes exquisite works by Seurat, Manet, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh and perhaps the best Modigliani nude in the world.

Open daily Read more...
Tower of London

The Tower of London tops my list of places to visit in London. History is still alive within its walls, and it's possible to feel transported back in time. There are so many things to see here that it easily makes for a full day out, either alone or as a family.

Open daily Read more...
The following listings are unsponsored and have no booking links
Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

Located down a back corridor and up a small stair well of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington the the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum offers a sightly lesser known attraction to London's customary museums. Despite its understated appearance, the laboratory is the site of arguably one of the most important events of the twentieth century: Fleming's discovery of penicillin in 1928.

Open daily except Sunday, Friday, Saturday Read more...
Apsley House

Who else but Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and hero of the Peninsular Wars and the Battle of Waterloo, would live at such a grand address as 'Number One, London'? Apsley House offers a wonderful illustrated slice of early nineteenth-century history, and is a must for those with an interest in this period of British military and social history.

Open daily except Monday, Tuesday Read more...
British Library

The permanent display at the British Library is astonishing. Literature lovers will be in their element, as will historians, theologians, musicians and anyone who has an interest in the evolution of print over time. 

From Thursday 24th November 2011 Read more...
British Museum

With 6 million artefacts from cultures spanning the globe, both past and present, the British Museum in London is the number one most visited attraction in the UK, with over five million visitors per year. It is almost guaranteed that you will feel compelled to return for many more visits.

From Thursday 24th November 2011 Read more...
Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum, one of London's youngest museums, tells a layered and important story. Filled with original cartoons dating back to the 16th century this tiny space is filled with nostalgia and a distinctly English sense of humour. 

Open daily Read more...
Charles Dickens Museum

Recently refurbished, the Charles Dickens Museum is a far cry from the doom and gloom of a typical Dickensian dwelling. The interior of 48 Doughty Street is fresh, elegant and full of Victorian quirks.

Open daily Read more...
Clink Prison Museum

For centuries, Southwark enjoyed the dubious reputation of "London's poorer, louder, wickeder neighbour". The Clink Prison Museum tells the story of the one establishment that those flocking to the area's taverns, theatres and brothels would have wanted to avoid.

Open daily Read more...
Clockmakers' Museum and Library

The Clockmakers’ Museum is a charming place to visit, full of dainty miniature ladies’ watches and imposing grandfather clocks, and packed full of historical information about the English clockmakers’ guild. Undoubtedly a must-see for anyone with an interest in antique clocks and watches.

Open daily except Sunday Read more...
Cutty Sark

The restored and re-opened Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is now raised off her keel, and visitors can walk beneath her burnished brass hull. The Cutty Sark's jaw-dropping size and ground-breaking design give a real flavour of what life was like on board the ship. A grand day out for the whole family!

From Thursday 26th April 2012 Read more...
Dennis Severs' House

A visit to Dennis Severs’ House is unlike going to any other historic house or museum: it is what Severs' called a "still life drama," and recreates an eighteenth-century family home in extraordinary detail. The lived-in effect of the house is emphasised by an attack on all of the senses, and is immediately spellbinding.

From Saturday 1st January 2000 Read more...
Design Museum

The Design Museum opened in 1989 in a converted banana warehouse overlooking the Thames, with a focus on design from the 20th century onwards. The Design Museum covers the evolution of design over a broad spectrum, with exhibitions that are changed around every four months.

From Thursday 24th November 2011 Read more...
Dr Johnson's House

Dr Johnson's House and its museum offer a fascinating insight into the life of one of Britain's most witty, charismatic, and much-quoted and studied literary figures. 

Open daily except Sunday Read more...
Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum is a beautiful space for exploring the life and legacy of one of Britain's most influential women. Set in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital, it is a hidden gem that is well worth seeking out. It's also a great destination for kids!

Open daily Read more...
Foundling Museum, Brunswick Square

The Foundling Museum offers a history of the Foundling Hospital, an institution founded in 1741 which took in and schooled disadvantated children. It's a varied and important collection which also contains works by two important benefactors: William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel.

Open daily except Monday Read more...
Freud Museum

20 Maresfield Gardens served as Sigmund Freud's final surrogate home after fleeing the Nazi occupation in Austria in the late 1930s. Now the site of the Freud Museum, this house perfectly preserves Freud's unique work space and notorious couch.

Open daily except Monday, Tuesday Read more...
Garden Museum

The medieval church of St Mary’s serves as the final resting place of notorious 17th century gardeners and collectors, the Tradescants, and more recently their memorial: The Garden Museum. Now in possession of a huge collection of horticultural artefacts, this museum is a unique celebration of the English garden and two of its most important gardeners.

Open daily Read more...
Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum of the Home is dedicated to the history of the English household. Covering a period from 1600 to the present day, and including a series of reconstructed period living rooms and gardens, the Geffrye Museum is a charming walk through time, and through the changing fashions and tastes of the British middle class.

Open daily except Monday Read more...
Grant Museum of Zoology

This is not your average zoological museum: there appears to be far more material to display than there is room in the Grant Museum of Zoology, so that you are met with unnerving specimens from every angle and from every cabinet. Inviting in its modesty, this collection has an extremely high concentration of interesting specimens per square meter.

Open daily except Sunday Read more...
Handel House Museum

Step into the world of composer George Frideric Handel with a visit to the delightful and evocative museum in his house in London’s Mayfair, the place where some of his most famous works, including ‘Messiah’ and the coronation anthem ‘Zadok the Priest’, were written.

Open daily except Monday Read more...
Showing 20 listings of 40 More...
When I speak of home: The Charles Dickens Museum

Recently refurbished, the Charles Dickens Museum is a far cry from the doom and gloom of a typical Dickensian dwelling. The interior of 48 Doughty Street is fresh, elegant and full of Victorian quirks.

Wednesday 23rd January 2013 Read more...
Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum is a beautiful space for exploring the life and legacy of one of Britain's most influential women. Set in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital, it is a hidden gem that is well worth seeking out. It's also a great destination for kids!

Thursday 16th August 2012 Read more...
Royal Air Force Museum in London

The Royal Air Force museum is one of the largest and greatest aviation museums in the world, old-fashioned in the most positive sense. There is something here for everyone, from film nerds to anyone interested in history, science or engineering. Next time I go, however, I would give it more time, as you really need a day for this beast. 

Saturday 11th August 2012 Read more...
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

Personal collections make for the best museum material, as you become absorbed in the subtle niches of an often over-looked area of interest. Robert Opie's collection of packaging and products is no exception. With cabinets full of bottles, toys, posters and crisp packets, this museum is an unusual reflection on social and political changes throughout twentieth century Britain.

Thursday 9th August 2012 Read more...
Grant Museum of Zoology

This is not your average zoological museum: there appears to be far more material to display than there is room in the Grant Museum of Zoology, so that you are met with unnerving specimens from every angle and from every cabinet. Inviting in its modesty, this collection has an extremely high concentration of interesting specimens per square meter.

Monday 30th July 2012 Read more...
Shakespeare's Globe exhibition on the South Bank

It is almost four hundred years since the original Globe Theatre burned to the ground. The modern reconstruction is one of London's most iconic attractions, offering stunning open-air performances and a permanent exhibition. New interpretations of Shakespeare are at the forefront of the public imagination, but there is unique magic in this early modern experience.

Wednesday 25th July 2012 Read more...
Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Ranking Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Harry Houdini and fourteen US presidents amongst its members, the three hundred year old Freemason fraternity has quite a controversial reputation to live down. A tour of their grade II listed London Lodge and museum offers an intimate look at the organisation's much speculated symbols and rituals.

Friday 13th July 2012 Read more...
In George's house: Handel House Museum

Step into the world of composer George Frideric Handel with a visit to the delightful and evocative museum in his house in London’s Mayfair, the place where some of his most famous works, including ‘Messiah’ and the coronation anthem ‘Zadok the Priest’, were written.

Tuesday 10th July 2012 Read more...
The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum offers a history of the Foundling Hospital, an institution founded in 1741 which took in and schooled disadvantated children. It's a varied and important collection which also contains works by two important benefactors: William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel.

Thursday 5th July 2012 Read more...
Eccentric and Eclectic: Sir John Soane's Museum

Step inside the elegance of No. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and you will enjoy a unique glimpse into the life of English neo-classical architect Sir John Soane. This treasure trove in the heart of London is one you will want to return to again and again.

Tuesday 3rd July 2012 Read more...
Wellcome Collection and Library

Wellcome's collections are outstanding in their variety, a testament to his passion for the pursuit of medical knowledge, and just plain fascinating. Whilst the artefacts on display certainly cover the deeply weird and unusual aspects of human nature, they also offer some insightful glimpses into our understanding of our own physicality.

Tuesday 26th June 2012 Read more...
London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum presents the fascinating history of London’s public transportation network. Whether you are a train fanatic, a map enthusiast, a lover of vintage advertising posters, or just want to have a picture of yourself driving a big red bus, this museum is sure to delight.

Monday 18th June 2012 Read more...
Museum of London

The scope of the Museum of London is as enormous as the city it covers: beginning some 450,000 years ago and ending roughly in the present, it’s impossible to do a quick tour of these galleries. With an abundance of fascinating objects and themed environments, it’s worth setting aside some time to visit this museum properly.

Friday 15th June 2012 Read more...
Geffrye Museum of the Home

The Geffrye Museum of the Home is dedicated to the history of the English household. Covering a period from 1600 to the present day, and including a series of reconstructed period living rooms and gardens, the Geffrye Museum is a charming walk through time, and through the changing fashions and tastes of the British middle class.

Friday 15th June 2012 Read more...
Museum of the Order of St John

Beginning life as an eleventh century hospital for pilgrims to the Holy Land, the Order of St John's impressive nine hundred year history - from the crusades to its modern incarnation as the St John Ambulance charity - is revealed by a museum which itself is situated in impressive historical surroundings.

Wednesday 13th June 2012 Read more...
Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

Located down a back corridor and up a small stair well of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington the the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum offers a sightly lesser known attraction to London's customary museums. Despite its understated appearance, the laboratory is the site of arguably one of the most important events of the twentieth century: Fleming's discovery of penicillin in 1928.

Friday 8th June 2012 Read more...
Venturing aboard the Cutty Sark

The restored and re-opened Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is now raised off her keel, and visitors can walk beneath her burnished brass hull. The Cutty Sark's jaw-dropping size and ground-breaking design give a real flavour of what life was like on board the ship. A grand day out for the whole family!

Monday 28th May 2012 Read more...
Dennis Severs' House

A visit to Dennis Severs’ House is unlike going to any other historic house or museum: it is what Severs' called a "still life drama," and recreates an eighteenth-century family home in extraordinary detail. The lived-in effect of the house is emphasised by an attack on all of the senses, and is immediately spellbinding.

Tuesday 17th April 2012 Read more...
The British Library in London

The permanent display at the British Library is astonishing. Literature lovers will be in their element, as will historians, theologians, musicians and anyone who has an interest in the evolution of print over time. 

Monday 3rd October 2011 Read more...
The Wallace Collection in London

In close proximity to a bustling, hectic, Oxford Street, there exists a tranquil square with a truly unique museum – The Wallace Collection. Since 1900, it has existed as a free national museum which is home to an impressive collection of artwork, an exquisite selection of furniture and porcelain and even a world class armoury.

Friday 30th September 2011 Read more...