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Almshouse tours

An almshouse room in 1780 - photography Morley von Sternberg

1780s almshouse room - photography Morley von Sternberg

Visit one of the Geffrye's 18th-century almshouses which has been fully restored to its original condition, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of London's poor and elderly in former times. 

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Saturdays: 4 March, 1 April, 6 May and 3 June 2017
  • Tuesdays: 7 and 21 March, 11 and 25 April, 9 and 23 May 2017
  • Wednesdays: 1 and 15 March, 5 and 19 April, 3 and 17 May and 7 June 2017


Timed entries are at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, with 4pm tours reintroduced from April 2017.

Tours are priced at £4 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free. 

Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Please note that owing to the museum's listed building status, the restored historic almshouse has no step free access, however visitors can view a virtual tour here

Group visits to the almshouse

For advance booking for groups of 8 or more contact or 020 7739 9893.

Please note that a maximum of 10 spaces per tour can be reserved for pre-booked groups; if your group is more than 10 we can split your group over 2 tours. This allows us to keep 6 spaces for other visitors that turn up on the day.

Unfortunately we are unable to take advance bookings for tours on Saturdays.