Pollock's Toy Museum & Shop

Pollock's Toy Museum & Shop, London: Hours, Address, Pollock's Toy Museum & Shop Reviews: 4/5

Pollock's Toy Museum & Shop

Pollock's Toy Museum & Shop
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Speciality & Gift Shops • Children's Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Pollock's Toy Museum is the oldest Toy Museum in the UK. House in two atmospheric buildings filled with over 4000 toys from around the world. At its heart, is the toy theatre collection. The Museum is named after Mr Pollock the last of the Victorian toy theatre publishers and still makes and sells theatres.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Fitzrovia
This sophisticated and sociable slice of Central London is a shopper’s paradise, offering the latest fashions, gadgets, and souvenirs. Fitzrovia is conveniently located between the major retail thoroughfares of Regent Street to the west and Tottenham Court Road to the east, with a handful of well connected Tube stations dotted around the area for easy transport. This neighborhood is a favorite among foodies as well, with an impressive number of quality restaurants, pubs, cafes and food shops vying for your patronage – especially along Charlotte Street and near Goodge Street Station.
How to get there
  • Goodge St • 1 min walk
  • Tottenham Court Road • 7 min walk
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Catharine B
1 contribution
Sep 2021
Family run business: people at entry desk were engaging, clearly so involved in their family history. Small, historic buildings with twisty windy staircases (NOT suitable for anyone with a mobility issue) . CRAMMED full of fascinating collections of multitudes of toys, historical AND more modern! An hour was plenty to enjoy this LOVELY unusual collection. Shop also has very varied stock to suit ALL price ranges.
Written September 24, 2021
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
A wonderful collection of toys from bygone times, though the museum is in urgent need of some love and attention. Looking round involves all sorts of nooks and crannies, as well as quite a lot of stairs. Everyone has emotional feelings about the toys of their generation, but this experience will be lost on young kids. So this is an adult or young adult experience. The entry fee of £7 for adults or £6 for seniors is quite expensive for what you see, but it is a unique collection.
Written February 22, 2020
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Elle C
1 contribution
Jul 2021
Pollock's Toy Museum is one of the most magical places you'll visit. Steeped in history and full to the brim of beautiful old toys, you'll get lost in the collection as you wind through the rooms. Now run by a young couple Emily and Jack, it's amazing to see such a prominent historical museum of childhood artifacts run with such enthusiasm and love.

They said they soon have a busy program of things going on this autumn, so we'll be back ourselves to check it out.

We'd highly recommend a visit!
Written August 8, 2021
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pelham_11
Ironbridge, UK252 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
What memories are contained here! You are taken back to your childhood with this comprehensive collection. It’s a quirky building with lots of stairs to climb and various nooks and crannies. Be prepared to take some time to absorb the details. This is a London institution, full of history and any visitor to this great city should certainly pay a visit.
Written January 24, 2020
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Anne
11 contributions
Nov 2021
Brilliant! For gods sake don`t alter it one bit! If all some people are worried about is its antiquatedness and a bit of dust, well, my heart cries out to them.

Greatest asset is the fact that there is no digital interactive nonsense. One just uses ones own senses and wonderment at it all. Long may it continue.
Written November 14, 2021
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Reflectorgo
Cork, Ireland505 contributions
Oct 2019
Wonderful and unique place,a couple of ancient houses filled with vintage toys, but its a real bit of old London. This was the collection of a woman who left it to her son who does not seem to get his act together, and there was a big dispute over it. If it needs a bit of TLC this is the reason why but for me this gives it some of its charm, this is not some corporate place but has its own story. I hope it survives because it is truly unique - go and see it if you are in London!
Written January 10, 2020
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK937 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I found it very interesting - it is an unusual collection of toys in two old houses. You have to pay £6 to get in, which we thought was reasonable.

There are so many toys here, teddy bears, Sooty, Sweep and Sue, scary dolls with beady eyes, dolls houses and miniature theatres, which brought back many memories of childhood.

The museum is quite cluttered and there are some very steep and narrow stairs to climb, it is definitely not suitable for the disabled or people with mobility problems. The rooms have very low ceilings so if you are tall, mind your head!

I particularly liked the Victorian dolls’ houses and toy theatres and there were hundreds of games and puzzles.

We were told the museum is still run by the grandson of the original owner. It was like travelling back in time, there are no computer games here and we did not see any battery operated toys!

It really is worth a visit and is close to the British Museum.
Written September 26, 2016
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK937 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We visited this quirky little museum again while visiting other attractions nearby. The museum is a very interesting place, it is in two old houses close to the British Museum and there are a lot of rooms to explore with dozens of display cabinets filled with interesting toy collections.

Pollocks Toy Museum is definitely worth a visit. However, it is not suitable for the disabled or people with mobility problems. The rooms have very low ceilings so if you are tall, mind your head!

There is an old fashioned toy shop on the ground floor with some fascinating items on display.
Written June 30, 2017
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UKC0uple
Barnsley, UK1,201 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
Was in London Monday and was in the vicinity of Museum Shop so spent £5.00 entry fee for us senior citizens. You need to set aside at least one and a half to two hours to really justify your visit as there are so much to see. I was so lucky I had the museum to myself. I think of top of my head they are five rooms to navigate and many tight stars on which many exhibits hang mainly board games . One room exhibits magic lanterns of many types, and the early start of what would be early movement for entertainment. Sooty and sweep and his pals (glove puppets) used by the children's entertainer Harry Corbett and these particular set were presented to the museum by the man himself. they are numerous dolls houses manly Victorian era well furnished and decorated. My impression was that when entering the exhibits start pre and Victorian period and work forwards up to near modern times when toys started appearing for boys in space travel. I had about finished my tour when there was the sound of Small children's voices and running around so This was my time to depart. Fancy children in this Museum..... SMILE
Written March 31, 2015
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Nina_Stubbs-Mason
Lichfield, UK34 contributions
Feb 2014 • Family
So sad to read some of the poor reviews written here. My family and I found Pollocks a wondrous and inspiring experience. So many things to see, each room full of atmosphere and surprise. We went during the half term and found the place quiet and peaceful, it was also much better value than many of the other London activitys on offer. My children are 8 and 6 and they were inspired by the variety of different toys and the sometimes basic materials that had been used to create them. History was around every corner with little notes on the stories behind the significant pieces. To summarize, if you and your children would like to visit a world before computer games, where toys could last a lifetime and were thought and imagination gave way to a world beyond the throw away material world surrounding us today then pop along to this little hidden gem of a museum and prepare to be mystified!
Written February 21, 2014
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