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Bank of England Museum

#142 of 1,533 things to do in London
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City of London
As featured in No Frills London and 2 other guides
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Address: Bartholomew Lane, London EC2R 8AH, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7601 5545
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Great little museum for kids of all ages

Lovely little museum with interactive displays, question sheets for different ages, able to hold a gold bar, do money jigsaws. Kids really loved it and I learned a few things too... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely little museum with interactive displays, question sheets for different ages, able to hold a gold bar, do money jigsaws. Kids really loved it and I learned a few things too. Strolled from there to London Bridge, sang the song while looking over at tower bridge. Then took a ferry up the river to westminister taking in a photo of... More 

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whitstable
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came along to experience a really good museum and it was great. This should be a place all schools should have a school trip to , so interesting and informative. We only had an hour , will definitely come again to take in all the info . Staff are all very polite and helpful a must do while in London

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Barnet, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They've done a good job of making a pretty dry area accessible and interesting. The exhibits explained the concepts of banking interest and inflation really well. My 11 year old learned a lot and didn't get bored. I also finally understood qualitative easing!! Good mix of modern technology and old fashioned display cases. My son was fascinated by the old... More 

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Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A smart and well laid out museum, next to the Bank of England. There are numerous displays and much information, in various mediums, explaining the history of the bank and introduction of currencies. You even get a chance to see how much an ingot of gold weighs!

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Thank 446MikeE446
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have never been here before, but all the family found it really interesting and informative. I think it would be a great place for younger children to learn about money and the economy. The only downside is you don't actually get to see inside the bank itself, the museum is a small part on the side of the building.

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a group of four up from the suburbs for the day, we enjoyed a great tour of this museum and learned far more than we expected. It is free entry and there are copious amounts of information leaflets and paperback books, also free, explaining the intricasies the world wide banking system. If you get chance to visit, check out... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

Worth to visit if you're in the area as it's free. Plenty of information about the money gold etc and very informative.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

OK museum, ok arranged but limited in interest and a bit dull. Compared with what London can offer, this wouldn't be top of the list. Nice gold bar though!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Great to visit, interesting to learn all about the bank of England and its money through the years till now. Lots of artifacts, videos and a gold bar to handle. Short walk from Bank tube station. Free entry, body scan and bag xray on arrival. Staff friendly. Asked for large print tour guide which they had!. Toilets and small gift... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

I stumbled upon this museum during a guided tour of London in September 2016. At first glance, I would've never guessed that it was a museum. The architecture is quite nice and there is a good amount of history behind this building. Definitely a nice place to visit :)

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From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
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