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The Geffrye is closed until spring 2020 for our major 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 - 5pm
  • Saturdays when the restored almshouse is open 10am - 5pm
  • 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

inside the restored almshouse

The 1880s almshouse room (detail) photographed by Jayne Lloyd

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. There are no tours in February, tours will begin again in March 2019.

Weekdays

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Tuesdays: 12 March, 26 March, 9 April, 23 April, 7 and 21 May 2019
  • Wednesdays: 20 March, 3 April, 10 April*, 17 April, 1 and 15 May 2019
  • Thursday: 11 April 2019*
  • Friday: 12 April 2019* 
  • Timed entries are at 12pm, 12.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm
  • You can book an advance ticket for the almshouse tours 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.
  • * Free entry as part of our holiday activities

 

Weekends

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Saturdays: 16 March, 30 March, 13 April, 27 April, 11 and 25 May 2019
  • Timed entries on Saturday are at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (and 4pm from April)
  • You can book an advance ticket for the almshouse tours through Eventbrite


Weekend Object Handling Tours at 2pm, 3pm (and 4pm from April)

  • Saturday 16 March - Keeping Home
  • Saturday 30 March - Lighting & Heating
  • Saturday 13 April - Food Preparation and Eating
  • Saturday 27 April - Keeping Home
  • Saturday 11 May - Lighting & Heating
  • Saturday 25 May - Food Preparation and Eating


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.

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 until spring 2020 for our major 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 - 5pm
  • Saturdays when the restored almshouse is open 10am - 5pm
  • 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

Please note that there will not be any tours in February, tours begin again in March.

Weekdays

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Tuesdays: 12 March, 26 March, 9 April, 23 April, 7 and 21 May 2019
  • Wednesdays: 20 March, 3 April, 10 April*, 17 April, 1 and 15 May 2019
  • Thursday: 11 April 2019*
  • Friday: 12 April 2019*
  • Timed entries are at 12pm, 12.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm
  • You can book a ticket for the 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.
  • * Free entry as part of our holiday activities

 

Weekends

Tours are available on the following days:

  • Saturdays: 16 March, 30 March, 13 April, 27 April, 11 and 25 May 2019
  • Timed entries on Saturday are at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm (and 4pm from April)
  • Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You can book a ticket for the 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.


Object Handling Tours at 2pm, 3pm (and 4pm from April)

  • Saturday 16 March - Keeping Home
  • Saturday 30 March - Lighting & Heating
  • Saturday 13 April - Food Preparation and Eating
  • Saturday 27 April - Keeping Home
  • Saturday 11 May - Lighting & Heating
  • Saturday 25 May - Food Preparation and Eating


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 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.