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The Geffrye is closed for a two-year development but we are running events in our front gardens and continuing our restored almshouse tours.

The Geffrye is located in Shoreditch just minutes from the City of London. It is easily reached by public transport. The nearest stations are Hoxton and Old Street. 

Front garden opening hours

The museum's front gardens are open at the following times:

  • Monday - Friday 7.30am - 4.45pm. 
  • Saturdays when the restored almshouse is open 10am - 4.45pm
  • Closed Sundays, Good Friday and Bank Holiday Mondays 

We are sorry that we do not allow dogs into the gardens, unless they are guide dogs.


Restored Almshouse

A 1780s almshouse interior at the Geffrye Museum

The 1780s almshouse room photographed by Morley von Sternberg

Visit one of the Geffrye's 18th-century almshouses which has been taken back to its original condition, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of London's poor and elderly in former times. Tours are led by our knowledgeable team of volunteers. 

Weekdays

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Tuesdays: 25 September, 9 and 23 October, 13 and 27 November and 11 December 2018
  • Wednesdays: 3 and 17 October, 7 and 21 November and 5 and 19 December 2018
  • Timed entries are at 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm and 2pm
  • You can now book a ticket for the weekday tours in advance through Eventbrite. A number of tickets are reserved on each tour for sale on the day, these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Weekends

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Saturdays: 22 September** (free drop-in 11am - 4pm as part of Open House London), 29 September** (Threshold event), 13 and 27 October, 10 and 24 November and 8 and 22 December 2018
  • Timed entries on Saturdays are at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
  • Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Themed

  • Saturday 13 October - Food Preparation and Eating
  • Saturday 27 October - Keeping Home
  • Saturday 10 November - Lighting and Heating
  • Saturday 24 November - Food Preparation and Eating
  • Saturday 8 December - Keeping Home
  • Saturday 22 December - Lighting and Heating

Important information

Tours are priced at £5 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free. 

Get a coffee and cake for £5 from our neighbours at the Hoxton Cabin, by showing your stamped ticket when you finish your tour. 

Please note that owing to the nature of the building, 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 you can book directly via Eventbrite or contact bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk 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.

Photography

Visitors may take photographs without a tripod for personal use. Commercial photography must be approved in advance.


Geffrye Museum in Autumn photography David Clarke and Marcus Leith

The exterior of the Geffrye Museum - photography David Clarke and Marcus Leith

The Geffrye is closed for a two-year development but we are running events in our front gardens and continuing our restored almshouse tours.

The Geffrye is in Hoxton, East London. The nearest Overground and Underground stations are Hoxton, Liverpool Street and Old Street

Front garden opening hours

  • Monday - Friday 7.30am - 4.45pm
  • Saturdays when the restored almshouse is open 10am - 4.45pm
  • Closed Sundays, Good Friday and Bank Holiday Mondays


We are sorry but dogs are not allowed into the gardens, unless they are guide dogs.

Restored Almshouse tours

Interior of restored almshouse room

The 1780s almshouse room photographed by Jayne Lloyd

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Saturdays: 22 September** (free drop-in 11am - 4pm as part of Open House London), 13 and 27 October, 10 and 24 November and 8 and 22 December 2018
  • Tuesdays: 25 September, 9 and 23 October, 13 and 27 November and 11 December 2018
  • Wednesdays: 19 September, 3 and 17 October, 7 and 21 November and 5 and 19 December 2018

 

Timed entries on Saturdays are 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

Timed weekday entries are 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm and 2pm 

Tours are priced at £5 per person. For Friends of the Geffrye, disabled visitors (and their companion) and children under 16 tours are free. 

Get a coffee and cake for £5 from our neighbours at the Hoxton Cabin, by showing your stamped ticket when you finish your tour. 

Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You can now book tickets for the weekday tours in advance through Eventbrite.

Please note that owing to the nature of the building, the restored historic almshouse has no step free access, however visitors can view a virtual tour here


** New Object Handling tours

Themed object handling tours will run on Saturday afternoons at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm and on Thursdays and Fridays from 16 - 31 August at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

  • Saturday 13 October - Food Preparation and Eating
  • Saturday 27 October - Keeping Home
  • Saturday 10 November - Lighting and Heating
  • Saturday 14 November - Food Preparation and Eating
  • Saturday 8 December - Keeping Home
  • Saturday 22 December - Lighting and Heating


Group visits to the almshouse

For advance booking for groups of 8 or more contact bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk 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.