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Bank of England Museum

#142 of 1,516 things to do in London
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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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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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Nice museum to visit

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Sharry D
Walsall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came across this museum because I was looking for attractions to visit that was near to Monument - what a treat it was ! The museum is free to enter and it is located within the Bank itself - there is a dedicated entrance and, understandably, security checks in place. The museum contained some fascinating exhibits and not just... More 

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Thank Diane C
Elgin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow what a surprise... A grand must see if you in London and want to see something a bit special. Step back in time looking at the old money... simply fantastic. Loved it.

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

A great little museum in the heart if the old city, it has a fantastic history and its story it told in an informative way, there are interactive exhibits to let you try to control inflation and a real gold bar you can pick up, a great way to spend a couple of hours

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

This is an excellent museum that is tucked away at the back of the Bank of England. It focuses on the history of the Bank, but also how the modern economy works and how it developed. I only expected to spend an hour or so here, but ended up staying for two and a half! There are 9 different sections,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such an interesting place, full of very good information and it is extremely well laid out. We came here some time ago and thought it was good then but this time there was quite a lot more to look at and read, oh and ITS FREE!!!

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Thank graham a
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bank of England museum is absolutely fantastic , the collection is a must see every thing from the first tender stick to current currency, some of the finest silver is showed cased ,this museum is good for all ages , I enjoyed looking at the old money of which I used when I was a kid it felt quite... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute tardis so much bigger than originally thought from first entrance so didn't get to finish tour and will probably return another day. Free entrance! Excellent to while away a few hours on a wet cold winter day in London also interesting for families and young and old alike. Check out website as often special exhibitions etc Well worth... More 

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