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Bank of England Museum

#149 of 1,568 things to do in London
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Address: Bartholomew Lane, London EC2R 8AH, England
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+44 20 7601 5545
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10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
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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The Bank of England Museum

A greatly improved museum compared with our last visit here five years ago. Plenty of interesting displays and interactive exhibitls. Good for all ages!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Barry S
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We popped in here whilst in the City to pass a little time. The doorman tried to put us off saying it was not very exciting and we should have listened! It was free to enter and once in was full of primary school aged children on school trips. It seemed to appeal to them but all of our party... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An interesting little museum that you can enter for free and takes around 45 minutes to look around fully. Particularly interesting was the real gold block and having the opportunity to try and lift it. We visited as a school and watched a presentation on the role of the Bank of England first, which was insightful and engaging, before looking... More 

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A greatly improved museum compared with our last visit here five years ago. Plenty of interesting displays and interactive exhibitls. Good for all ages!

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Thank Barry S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum for a short trip, can be seen in just over an hour- you get to touch a real gold bullion bar. Explains in great fun graphics and games to explain the function of the bank- inflation control. Brilliant to actually be in the Bank of England along with 400,000 gold bullion!

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an interesting take on what is a very dry subject and I was pleasantly surprised about how engaging it actually was. They have some very early documents on display and I was particularly taken with the anti counterfeiting methods used in bank notes. They do try quite hard to make it interesting for younger people but I think... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is slightly off the beaten track of touristy things to do in London but well worth a trip to the City. Lots of hussle and bustle nearby as the folk who work 'in the City" go about their business. There is interesting architecture to see nearby - the Mansion House, Royal Exchange and of course the Old Lady of... More 

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Cumbria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Obviously great value for money as it is free! We took a 9 year old who didn' t really understand some of the concepts such as interest rates and inflation but still enjoyed seeing the gold and the history. He did the quiz trail which needs a little amending so that the locations are correct and easier to find. Well... More 

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a delightful surprise this museum is! An engaging mix of informative exhibits and interactive learning in a clean, quiet labyrinth of rooms. I got to pick up a 13kg bar of real gold! Perhaps not a riveting experience for children though Stephen Fry voice-overs an animated film of a day in the life of a gold bar! Spotless toilets,... More 

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

Tucked away in a quiet lane behind the Bank of England is the Bank of England Museum. Entry through an airport style security this small museum traces the history of the Bank and the history of the British monetary system. See how inflation is dealt with and try your hand at controlling it. See how every attempt is made to... More 

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

Money is not really an enticing topic for me but visited with husband since Sir John Soane is one of husbands favourite architects. I loved the building and also found out many snippets of surprising information about money and how it has evolved over time. The museum is small but worth an hour of time. The staff were very helpful... More 

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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 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.
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