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Bank of England Museum

Threadneedle St EC2R 8AH, London EC2R 8AH, England (Islington / Clerkenwell)
+44 20 7601 5545
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Ranked #159 of 1,041 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

My sons (15 and 12) and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at the museum! During the Easter holidays they provide a quiz for the children to fill in with a prize of an Easter egg. It wasn't your run of the mill quiz either, it was actually quite fascinating and encouraged the boys (and me!) to look in depth... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I went here for my 18th birthday in august last year and i had the most amazing time ever. There is so much to learn here and it really helped me understand more about money, how much is it worth and about the economical of the country. This museum is free to enter and i spent over five hour here... More

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Northern Ireland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I got on to the Bank of England Museum website this morning to check opening times, then headed into town only to find that it was closed until April. Decided to walk to Trafalgar Square and visit The Narional Gallery instead. Checked website again when I got home but could find no mention of the closure.

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Bankofengland, Advertising Officer at Bank of England Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your recent comments regarding your attempted visit to the Bank of England Museum. We always welcome feedback to help us improve the visitor experience. Although the Museum closure has been advertised on our website for several months, a link to an out of date Museum page was inadvertently picked up by some search engines. We... More

Orange County
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I'm a high school economics instructor in California, so my review is obviously going to be a bit biased, but here goes. 1) It's hard to beat a no monetary cost tour in such an expensive city. So it's hard to beat the value. It's right off the Bank stop on the tube so the location is quite convenient. And... More

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Oxfordshire, UK
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130 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

This is a very interesting museum if you are interested in money (and who isn't?) It's free to enter and there are toilets and a small gift shop but no refreshments here. Plenty of information on the history of the Bank of England and bank notes and gold. There are a couple of information films around the museum and some... More

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UK
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

As both my husband and I had careers in Banking, we thought this might be interesting. There is loads of factual history about how and why the Bank of England was created and it's expansion on Threadneedle St. The old notes and coins bring back lots of memories. We had great fun working out the combination of the little safe... More

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Cumbria England
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This was an hour well spent. The displays covered the history and construction of the Bank premises and the history of money with good examples of money through the ages. For those who want a free trip in London this is one to add to your list.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

we all use money on a day to day basis but have you ever thought how it is made and how forgeries are stopped , wonder no more . this has a great history and shows some old fakes . there is a big bar of gold there and it tells you its value on the day . its a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

We were a group of 34 adults visiting this interesting museum for the first time. We were entertained by an amusing and informative presentation lasting 45 minutes which covered the history of this important institution and how the decisions taken by the Board impact on all our lives. The displays were fascinating coins & bank notes thru the ages. The... More

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Admission to the Museum is free, but we went as an organised group of 36 from my ex-Employer Retirees Club, and for that you can schedule a 45 minute presentation in a cinema where you get a powerpoint-style presentation with lots of other information, and the opportunity to ask questions. Then you can easily spend another 60 minutes or so... More

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