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The British Museum

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A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of human history and culture. Some of the world-famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.
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Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I love the British Museum. It’s so vast and there is so much to see, you could never get bored. Each room is enticing. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank G1660AHdianab
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I recently went to the British Museum with my children, and I must say it was an absolute blast! If you go, I would definitely recommend the Ancient Egyptian room, it’s so exciting to see all of the coffins of the spooky mummies. Another plus...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank LondonLady2005
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent the entire day here and look forward to returning. The cafes scattered throughout the museum make for great catch up places so family members can go at their own pace. The pizza restaurant was great for lunch with the pizzas being made to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TillyTravellers
Reviewed yesterday

My family and I would certainly recommend a visit to the British Museum. Because there is technically free admission (they ask for a voluntary donation of £5, and you are directed towards staff who will take your money in the Bag Search area) lots of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank _joannaharriott
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing museum that I visited 2x during my 12 day stay in London!! Top notch museum! Loved it- especially the ancient Egypt section. I took several of the free guided tours. There’s a cloak room to drop off your coat and plenty of places to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LoveBug41
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely free museum. Plenty to see. Architecture of the building itself is fab - main atrium is impressive. Artifacts from Greece, ancient Egypt, Roman Empire etc. Lots to see and do - free tours as well which is good. It is worth a donation but...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank louisecQ9836UN
Reviewed yesterday

British Museum is packed with so many exhibits that one visit is not enough. One needs to visit every time you go to London

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The last time I visited there was an unfortunate increase in the theatre of security (as a professional I’m very sure the searches are completely ineffective). That said once you’re in it’s a cornucopia of stuff that we nicked when nicking stuff from other countries...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Molloi
Reviewed yesterday

This place is amazing if you're really into museums. Has a lot on display. From Middle East to Europe to Asia. It's a lovely day activity

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the place where you can see the whole world heritage. I was surprised how old and rich is the human culture

Date of experience: December 2018
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Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and
leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance
access to many of London's most popular attractions.
It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated
museums, including the must-see British Museum.
Despite an understandable popularity with students,
tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury
retain a quiet, residential feel year round and
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December 31, 2018|
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Response from markquixotic | Reviewed this property |
It depends entirely on the person. If you are a sightseer, you can do the whole museum in under 2 hours. But if you bring with you your passions and interests, it could turn into an all-day experience that will stay with... More
December 21, 2018|
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Service animals only, not pets.
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Response from Turkkadin | Reviewed this property |
It has been open to the public for 250 years. Opening times can be seen on the internet.
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Play breaks in central London (11 Replies)
Though we would like to spend the majority of our time in London getting a feel for the city itself and visiting some of its famous sights, my two 7 yr olds will need some short breaks to just play. Occasionally, my older two (who will be 14 by the time we go in April), may welcome the chance to run around a bit too. For the younger two, though, playground time can be truly restorative; we've found that giving them a little time once or twice a day to play is really key to their being able to...More
October 22, 2010|
Response frombrittraveller31|
There will be no problem running around, but I can't think of anywhere with rocks to climb. Battersea Park is nice for kids, and The Science Museum has a kind of indoor playground for kids of various ages.
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Trip plan (16 Replies)
We are a family (kids 12, 15) we will be in London in early July. Is the following plan reasonable? are there any guided tours that are worth taking? 1. Wed - Guard change, Westminster Abbey, tower bridge, tower of London. Maybe Sky Garden 2. Thu. - British museum till lunch, then take the train to the Harrie Potter studio (reservation to 2pm) 3. Fri - Visit Wembley stadium, Kensington Palace and garden 7pm Wicked 4. Sat. Portabello market/road then Borough market or maybe Camden market?...More
June 01, 2018|
Response fromDavid J|
I would take a City Cruise boat along the river from Westminster Bridge to the Tower. Good commentary and great views as you travel along. Kensington Palace is not very exciting . Portobello Road is excellent for antiques and collectibles. Covent Garden has a mix of high end shops, craft style market and a general market too. Borough market is a food market. I would choose two out of those three.
Hotel Areas? (7 Replies)
Can someone please help me figure out a good area of London to stay in? I've been reading books and checking maps and it seems like the things we'd like to visit are all over town... Just going to be there for 3 days, so doing the typical touristy stuff really. Tower, British Museum, Westminster Abbey, etc. I've stayed in Hyde Park Corner before, but I'm wondering if there is a better location so we wont waste any of our precious time (since we really don't have much of it in the first...More
May 24, 2010|
Response fromTravellerPlus|
Rather than suggest an area, please let us know a bit more about your visit. Will you fly to and from Heathrow or another London airport? If you're not arriving or departing by air then which rail station will you use? Are you travelling with one friend or family member or more than one? And ... have you a budget in mind?