Bank of England Museum
Bank of England Museum
4.5
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
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: City of London
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 neighbourhoods. 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 neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of 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.
How to get there
  • Bank • 2 min walk
  • Bank • 2 min walk
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  • jbundaych
    Derby, United Kingdom93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free museum. Hold a real gold bar .
    Small but very interesting free museum . Make sure you don't que for the bank the museum entrance can be confusing. Airport style bag check . Recommend this for the fact that you can hold a real gold bar.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Mason BB
    Castleford, United Kingdom74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely experience!
    A rainy day in London and in want of a museum experience that’s just a little bit different! This was a great choice! The museum is actually rather small, and you can cover everything reasonably throughly within an hour, but when it’s free entry, I can’t complain! There are several fun pieces, and some great interactive exhibits for both children and adults alike. Also, because it is likely a lesser-known museum to the biggies like ‘National History’, it’s a lot quieter making for a much more relaxing and enjoyable experience. I r really do recommend this place; it passes on some time for you, and has some really insightful information about money on the UK!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 September 2023
  • jw1983
    Leicester, United Kingdom735 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good little free museum
    Visited here on a damp weekday in London. The museum is rather small and can be covered in about an hour but it’s well worth a visit as it is free. It is very informative and the chance to handle a genuine gold bar is good fun and surprising! It can feel rather full if a school group is in, as it was today, but we simply started at the other end and moved backwards.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • originaltish
    London, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend 2 hrs
    What a gem. Really informative and enjoyable museum which traces the history of the bank across a few hundred years. Great combination of audio visual and written information. Sobering story of the bank’s involvement in the slave trade .
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Gary D
    Leicester, United Kingdom2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but interesting
    This is a small, modern museum, impeccably clean and with friendly staff. It's not ideal for wheelchair users but if you are ambulant you should have no problems. Not a huge lot to see there so 90 minutes should suffice. A good, free, little specialist museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 October 2023
  • MellWard
    Tamworth, United Kingdom378 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Place to Visit
    This was so fascinating. Seeing money from the 1950s right upto today. Especially the notes how they have changed over the years. Staff were really nice This Museum isn’t one you would think of doing but think again it’s well worth it
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Steph
    Toronto, Canada217 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute, free museum, great if you're interested in banking/history of money/finance
    Stopped in before closing with a friend. The museum was free and small, but cute and interactive. We enjoyed one of the displays where you had to read exhibits to get a code and crack a safe which gave you a prize. They also had the viral "get to hold a bar of gold" exhibit. Worth an hour or so to wander through.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 December 2023
  • Cheekycockney190757
    Basildon, United Kingdom11,443 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem, and if nothing else you get to hold a solid gold bar
    Visited on Thursday 22nd June 2023. Whilst in the area decided to pop in to see the 13KG £700,000 Solid Gold Bar. You have the ability to hold it in your hand!! There is also the history of the bank and in general banking, as well as examples of forms of currency. Not worthy of a visit on its own but it's free to enter and whilst in the area, it is worth a visit even if to just hold a real gold bar.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 January 2024
  • QueenslandTommy
    Burpengary, Australia1,603 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its Gold Class
    A nice museum to spend 1 hour understanding the history of the bank of England , you can download a audio guide or the guide on your phone , some good information, interactive items for both young & old. A couple of video presentation with seating and the highlight of lifting the 13 kilo gold bar. The gift shop has a good variety of gifts, the staff are pleasant and the museum is worth a visit
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 April 2024
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Metin M
Cyprus199 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
For such a big and old instution yhe museum was very minute and very few interesting exhibits. The only thing wort doing was hoşding a real gold bar
Written 6 June 2024
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QueenslandTommy
Burpengary, Australia1,603 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A nice museum to spend 1 hour understanding the history of the bank of England , you can download a audio guide or the guide on your phone , some good information, interactive items for both young & old. A couple of video presentation with seating and the highlight of lifting the 13 kilo gold bar. The gift shop has a good variety of gifts, the staff are pleasant and the museum is worth a visit
Written 15 April 2024
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Nomad09265491347
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A very informative & edifying place. There's a great deal to absorb. I found it riveting.
I expect it to become much more popular now it's been promoted more.
Written 8 April 2024
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DayTrip14841486598
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Small museum tucked behind Bank of England.
Not as interesting as I expected and viewing of circular room at back blocked by filming and photographing
Written 5 March 2024
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Carole L
Romford, UK243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Free entry and booking not required. Interesting to see how the bank started and it's history all the way up to today. Talks for example about how forgeries are detected and steps taken to make this as difficult as possible when notes are printed by the bank. You even get to handle a real gold bar ( very securely displayed!) and much heavier than it looks! Combined with a visit to the Horizon 22 viewing platform just round the corner, also a free attraction, which I have also reviewed.
Written 1 March 2024
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Minnou
United Kingdom451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Well worth a visit, where else can you get to hold a solid gold bar? It’s also free, and you don’t need to book. Not huge, but lots to keep your interest for an hour or two.
Written 19 February 2024
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DebM
Greater London, UK46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Glad we went as it killed an hour before we went for drinks. It is interesting but not mind blowing. Worth a visit whilst in the financial district. Lots to see. The highlight was touching a solid gold bar.
Written 25 January 2024
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK11,443 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Visited on Thursday 22nd June 2023. Whilst in the area decided to pop in to see the 13KG £700,000 Solid Gold Bar. You have the ability to hold it in your hand!! There is also the history of the bank and in general banking, as well as examples of forms of currency. Not worthy of a visit on its own but it's free to enter and whilst in the area, it is worth a visit even if to just hold a real gold bar.
Written 16 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Steph
Toronto, Canada217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Stopped in before closing with a friend. The museum was free and small, but cute and interactive. We enjoyed one of the displays where you had to read exhibits to get a code and crack a safe which gave you a prize. They also had the viral "get to hold a bar of gold" exhibit. Worth an hour or so to wander through.
Written 6 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MellWard
Tamworth, UK378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This was so fascinating. Seeing money from the 1950s right upto today. Especially the notes how they have changed over the years. Staff were really nice This Museum isn’t one you would think of doing but think again it’s well worth it
Written 21 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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