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Bank of England Museum

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Address: Threadneedle St EC2R 8AH, London EC2R 8AH, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7601 5545
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: This fascinating Museum, located within the impressive walls of the Bank...
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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Family visit with teen and 7yo

Travelled up from Kent to Cannon Street. Museum is within walking distance and is free entry. my kids both completed trails set for different age groups and wandered around at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Gillingham, United Kingdom

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Travelled up from Kent to Cannon Street. Museum is within walking distance and is free entry. my kids both completed trails set for different age groups and wandered around at their leisure answering the sheets. They both were awarded Bank of England pin badges for completing their trails. We went on a week day and it was very quiet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

What a surprise find- after 5mins uncertainty the kids (boys 15&13) were off lifting gold bars and cracking safes! We spent about 2 hours in glorious AC conditions on a sweltering London day and were treated to a really interesting visit. Bigger than you first think and the staff are wonderful. Easy to get to from Waterloo station. Lovely pub... More 

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is a hidden gem and suitable for all ages. It has the history of banking, loads of bank notes dating back centuries, displays and videos explaining everything from how banking started, inflation and gold standards. There is even a gold bar to touch and try to lift. It weighed 28lbs! Superb experience and FREE

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Noosaville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Museum is close to the actual Bank Of England in Threadneedle Street. Easy to get there by Tube. The Museum is compact and easy to walk around. Plenty of interactive activities for both young and old. Lots of interesting and relevant information presented in a variety of ways. Helpful and knowledgable staff. We had our two grandchildren with us... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Not easy to find the entrance but well worth it. Strict security as you would imagine but once inside the old counting rooms the exhibitions are very informative, showing how bank notes and coins have been made over the years, as well as people have tried to counterfeit them. There is also an opportunity to lift a gold bar, very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Where else can you lift an actual solid gold bar, albeit just a few cm high as it was well protected and insulated? That was the highlight of the trip

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

For anyone interested in the money side of things, The Bank of England ,should be on the list of attractions to visit in London. Visited this Museum, which has free entry, and learned how the Bank came into being. The day I visited was a little crowded with a couple of school groups. Nevertheless this did not detract from what... More 

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

A couple of people have told me how good this museum is & they were right. I walked down from Liverpool Street station in 10 minutes or about .I believe Bank underground station might be a shade nearer. In any case, it is easy enough to find. You are subjected to a mild airport style scan on entry & then... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I went here with a school group and it was far better than I thought it would be. We arrived and they have us worksheets, maps, pencils to use and a badge for each pupil. BONUS! There were some interactive displays explaining tricky concepts well and the kids loved the section on how notes and coins are made and all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

On a day trip to London we coupled a visit to Leadenhall Market (see separate review - other markets are available) with a visit to this free museum. Once we found the entrance (eventually - not well signposted and my google maps was messing with us) we were most impressed. This is a compact museum set inside a beautiful (on... More 

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Address: Address: Threadneedle St EC2R 8AH, London EC2R 8AH, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7601 5545
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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