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Almshouse tours

Restored almshouse handling session

Restored almshouse handling session - Photography Em Fitzgerald

The Geffrye is closed for a two-year development. During closure we are running events in the front gardens and tours of the restored almshouse. 

Restored Almshouse 

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: 19 September, 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), 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 object handling tours will run on Saturday afternoons at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

  • 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.

* Almshouse Open Afternoon: London History Day

Wednesday 31 May, 1 - 4pm. Free, drop-in

Explore 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.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, a maximum of 16 people will be permitted at a time. Last entry at 3.45pm.


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