Entry Fee? – This museum is free to enter.
Brief Description of the museum? – Located within the Bank of England itself, this museum is a fascinating insight into the history of the bank from its foundation in 1694 to the present day. As the United Kingdom’s central bank, the Bank of England has a unique role in our economy, as it works to keep inflation steady and low and ensures that the financial system is stable and protected from economic instability – pretty important stuff! Set in a reconstruction of the Stock Office built by Sir John Soane (architect for the bank 1788-1833) the museum is about more than just money, with its unique insight into the banks extensive 300-year history, people and architecture which make for an interesting and informative day out (for all the family)
Opening times? – The museum is open Monday- Friday (10am-5pm) and last entry is at 4:30pm
Photography allowed? – Yes, photography is allowed of this museum, although please be wary of using flash.
Interactive technology? – Yes, this museum has interactive technology.
Facilities for kids? – This museum is well equipped for children, with interactive exhibits, technology and games for them to play and learn with.
Guides? – Free printed guides are available at the information desk upon entry, audio guides are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Top 3 things not to be missed? –
- Regal Coinage Collection-
In 1932, the Bank of England began a project to compile a representative collection of British Regal Coinage (Coins with the reigning monarch’s face engraved onto them) which date back as far as 1694 when the bank was established to present day. Although the making of coins is the responsibility of the Royal Mint, the collection is an incredible display of British monarchical reign and cannot be missed.
- London Good Delivery Bar-
In 1750, The Bank of England set up the London Good Delivery List for gold which formally recognised those refineries which produced gold to the required standard. Essentially, the Good Delivery system is a way in which the LBMA (London Bullion Market Association) ensure that the standards for gold (and now silver) are maintained and kept in the bullion trade. See for yourself first hand a real gold bar and have your go at trying to lift it in the Rotunda room.
- An Iron Chest (c.1700)-
Located in the Early Years gallery of the museum, this iron chest is the oldest piece of surviving furniture in the Bank of England and is referred to in a book from 1735 as ‘the great iron chest in the parlour’. Chests such as this one were the predecessors of the modern safe, have a look at this beautiful piece of economic history as you pass through.
Food and Drink facilities? – Due to the age and location of the museum there are no food and drink facilities available.
Tours? – Yes, talks are provided for small groups, as well are presentations for larger groups. See the link below for more information
Nearest station/ Tube? – The nearest tube is Bank station, which is a short walk (dependant on the exit)
Bus routes? – Bus routes 8, 11, 21, 23, 25, 26, 43, 76, 133, 141, 242 and 388 run past the Bank of England.
Postcode/ address- Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane, London, EC2R 8AH.
Visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing:
Induction loops are available at the front desk, and some of the videos in the museum’s galleries are subtitled. Please ask museum staff for more information.
(Visitors can also as for a signed video introduction to the museum at the information desk)
Visitors who are Blind or partially sighted:
Blind or partially sighted visitors can pre-book and audio described tour of the museum, which are led by expert guides (tours are for a maximum of six people and are also available for solo visitors). For more information please see the link below.
Guide dogs are welcome at the museum, and staff are happy to provide water.
Visitors with mobility impairments:
The museum is accessible to wheelchair users, see below for more in-depth information and guides for accessibility.
Unfortunately, due to the location of the museum there are no disabled parking places close by.